Complete renovation of a typical Majorcan house in the Calvary Mountain of Pollença

Renovation and complete design of a typical Mallorcan house situated on the Calvario mountain in Pollença has spectacular panoramic views of Pollença and the Puig de Maria Monastery.

The purpose of the integral reform was to introduce the necessary improvements to make it more comfortable and adapted to the current characteristics. A contemporary refuge with clean lines, whitewashed walls and sophisticated furniture. Its minimalist decoration oozes a chic Mallorcan style, while the old Mallorcan pieces allude to their ancient Spanish roots. The colourful works of modern art add a vibrant touch.

The most important change was made to the façade. As the typical houses of the island have few and small openings in the walls, generous glass doors were placed overlooking the garden, further reinforcing the feeling of luminosity and connecting the living area to the outside.

The dwelling is organised into two rectangular volumes of two storeys -both with a sloping single-slope roof- that are articulated by means of a central nucleus, also with two storeys and a flat roof, which houses the vertical connection staircase and the main entrance.

For the interior, a new layout was designed with a kitchen with floor-to-ceiling units on one of the fronts, leaving the other one free of tall furniture, open to the dining room and a large living room with access to the porch; in addition, the original coverings were replaced with Malloquian stone and the walls were painted white.

The five cosy rooms are distributed over the two floors and include a master suite, two doubles and another two double rooms. Each luxurious room is an oasis of calm, with large windows and captivating views of the city. The master bedroom, conceived as a suite, has direct access to a terrace located on the main façade. With large sliding windows, where the outside view is part of the exclusive charm of this space.

The landscaping project was also specially cared for, to make the most of the charming garden and highlighting the swimming pool that manages to integrate completely into the courtyard, enhancing the views that surround it.

The large terrace connects to the garden with flights of stairs and large flower boxes covered with masonry. These walls, together with the covering of the facades, give the building a sobriety and allow a perfect integration of the construction in the landscape.

Magnate Warren Buffet puts Mallorca on his target for luxury property sales

Magnate Warren Buffet puts Mallorca on his target for luxury property sales

In October 2019, magnate Warren Buffet and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, his network of real estate mediation offices, began operating in Spain, thanks to their alliance with Larvia, one of the main real estate agencies in the country. Both companies have started to operate under the name of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Larvia.

This merger has (at the moment) three offices in Madrid and one in Barcelona. Although the objective is to grow in the number of offices and in turnover and its immediate strategy would be not only to double its size in the two main cities of the country, but also to grow in those cities where there is a stable demand. And among them Mallorca. It is expected that 40 offices will be opened in the next ten years.

 

This agreement is a big step for Larvia, joining a network of agencies that has grown to more than 50,000 agents and 1,500 offices in the United States, Europe and Dubai in just six years of existence, generating, in 2018, 114,500 million dollars in sales volume. For its part, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has seen Spain as a point of attraction for all international clients (not just investors)

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Larvia will focus on the sale of luxury homes from 700,000 euros. In Madrid there are more than 200 references for sale, all of them second-hand, and around 70 in Barcelona city. However, the new group recognizes contacts with developers for the sale of new luxury construction.

With regard to turnover, Rabassa, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Larvia, admits that next year they plan to increase the figure by 2.5 points and thus reach five million euros with this new alliance. “For the next ten years we have to multiply the figure by 12”, he adds.

The open-mindedness of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices also means that the new agency does not close itself off from managing other types of commercial or hotel assets.

 

 

 

 

Rehabilitation project of Four apartments in Plaza Serralta, Mallorca

Rehabilitation project of Four apartments in Plaza Serralta, Mallorca

PROJECT’S DESCRIPTION

Located in the central neighborhood of Camp d´en Serralta, bordering the neighborhoods of Santa Catalina, Es Fortí, Son Dameto and Son Cotoner. A short distance from Paseo Mallorca and Casco Antiguo and surrounded by all services.

Given the great demand of the area, it is proposed the rehabilitation of three apartments and a local converted into housing for rent at affordable prices, with a modern concept, attractive and functional.

The first challenge was one of the ground floors. For the improvement, the old kitchen was demolished and replaced by a single line kitchen with sink, kitchen with oven and fridge with white lacquered furniture and polished black granite for the worktop, with an open concept to the living room. Ceramic tiles chosen by the property were used for the interior tiling of the kitchen.

The room had no windows and the only natural light came from a small window to the living room. It was therefore essential to make this area a luminous and appetizing space. Therefore, the partition separating the room from the living room collapsed and a glass sliding door was installed with an opaque roller blind to isolate the light when resting.

In the bathroom, the old washbasin was replaced by a bathroom unit measuring 80 cm x 46 cm, with a melamine structure and 3 “nature” coloured drawers. Including plain mirror and white ceramic washbasin. The toilets were replaced by top quality appliances. Luminaire substitution.

To give light to the darker areas of the apartments, all the walls were painted in matt white covering stains and imperfections for use.

In the ceiling, a continuous suspended false ceiling was installed with rock wool insulation on plasterboard plates in the entrance area for water drain insulation.

In the pavement the old tiles were replaced by ceramic tiles with skirting board chosen by the property.

The water, electricity and sanitation installations are new.
The old air conditioning machines were removed from the house and replaced by an Inverter air conditioning system with heat pump.

TRANSFORMATION OF PREMISES INTO HOUSING

One of the most important reforms is the transformation of a diaphanous premises with interior courtyard and storage area in the interior, at street level in the Plaza Serralta to convert it into a 3-bedroom house.

The result was a spacious house with kitchen, living room, 2 double bedrooms, bathroom and a master suite with bathroom and dressing room.

In the area of the old local is located the kitchen by which access to the property. Distributed in a single line, with fridge, kitchen with oven and sink. The furniture was designed with as many drawers as possible to increase storage capacity with white lacquered fronts and polished granite worktop. In this area there is also a two-piece toilet.

Through the interior patio, which gives light to the rest of the house through the large windows up to the ceiling, in the old store of the local, are located a large living room, a distributor by which you access the rest area with two double bedrooms, a bathroom with bathroom appliances of high quality and a Master Suite with bathroom and dressing room.

The interior bathroom and kitchen wall tiles are made of ceramic tiles chosen by the property.

The old tiled floor was replaced by a laminated wood floor.

All facilities, both water, electricity and sanitation, are new. An inverter with heat pump was chosen as the air-conditioning system.

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