Restored historic residential architecture in Portugal is emerging as an exemplar of Good Home Design. Traditional elements combine with contemporary updates to create homes that feel fresh and familiar, with a little bit of whimsy thrown in for good measure.
The latest example comes out of Ovar, a northwest coastal town, and was renovated by local architect Nelson Resende, who took a “fractured property” and enlivened it by preserving its bones and generous proportions, highlighting its decorative elements, and eliminating anything extraneous.
He also had a little fun with color and patterns. The facade features pale green tiling and blue-framed windows and front door, and green trimming, while the attached garage shows off a metal screen of overlapping circles against a blue background.
Inside, original masonry walls contrast with whitewashed areas like the minimalist kitchen and the upstairs loft space, while angular built-ins, matching the cabinetry and closets, create a geometric shelving system in the dining room. Connecting the floors is a new staircase. The clean-lined space wraps around a courtyard that offers a welcoming green space. Take a look.