Arezzo, Tuscany - April 2019
VILLA COCCHI - An apartment on the top floor of a recently renovated historic villa. A decade ago but remained new, unsold. The finishes were, to say the least, cheap: tile specifications for bathrooms and kitchens, and a questionably cooked terracotta floor and above all floors damaged due to the withdrawal of the screed in all the rooms, probably due to maturation times not respected in the previous restructuring. Furthermore, one of the musts that we had to respect was the very tight timeframe: once the customers were known, at the end of May I was informed that by early September the apartment should have been ready. We therefore proposed that customers use a self-leveling and an epoxy resin (Kerakoll Design Cement resin) on the floor to solve both the aesthetic and functional problem of the "embarked" floor and to cover all the walls of bathrooms and kitchens with wallcrete resin to avoid to demolish and speed up the times. As for the changes to the walls instead, as the apartment had all load-bearing walls, we limited ourselves to changing the large bathroom with a bathtub. The tub did not serve and gave way to a large shower and a functional niche to hide the washer and dryer as the attic does not have a service environment like a laundry. This bathroom had oddities like a mini-step of only 4 cm in the middle of the floor that we have deliberately modified: not being able to eliminate it, we have moved it forward, creating a sort of small entrance to the floor and leaving the shower area, sink and sanitary ware all on the same level . Even the use of color was done to highlight this change in odds and avoid tripping. The raised area of the bathroom is in fact all turquoise, floor and walls included. All the resin used on the wall is Kerakoll's wallcrete in one of the brand new colors of the new collection signed by Lissoni which for my clients we could use exclusively even though it was not yet on the market. The matching décor enamel was used to lacquer all the furniture made to our design that was made by our talented carpenters. Even the radiator already present has been repainted with the same turquoise tone by Kerakoll. Oikos enamels instead for the disengagement of the rooms in millennial pink and the two opposite walls of the living. Each room is characterized by a specific color and a very decorated wall: sometimes it is wallpaper (Inkiostro bianco) as for the two bathrooms, the master bedroom and the living room; other times they are wall finishes such as the headboard of the bedroom of the bedroom and the important entrance wall that simulates a coating of oxidized sheets of me. It is so realistic that the bricklayer, after returning home to finish the work on the terrace, began to compliment me on this copper coating ... (!!!). Even the lighting project has been studied with care, intervening as little as possible with respect to existing lighting points. The light from the many Velux roof windows has been integrated with LED strips that give direct and indirect light, some embedded in the furnishings, others in the few plasterboards that have been added.
The flagship of the renovation is the small bathroom near the entrance corridor. Initially he appeared totally insipid with a very sad little shower. The wonderful taste of the lady of the house made us immediately agree on what wallpaper to choose: a jungle effect that leaves the guest literally breathless and makes us dream. To enhance the wall, it was decided to place the Hatria washbasin on a small table made on our painted iron design and with a back-painted glass top. A graceful detail that enhances this environment even more.