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An Architect Renovates His 1920s Home in Portugal, While Preserving the Exterior Shell!

An Architect Renovates His 1920s Home in Portugal, While Preserving the Exterior Shell!
He preserved and updated the outer handmade brick-and-stone walls by covering them with a lime-sand mortar, which was mixed with shredded cork to improve thermal performance and control interior humidity levels. On the ground floor, wood was used for the walls in the living, kitchen, and dining areas. A staircase carved out of a wooden volume in the middle of the living area leads up to the floor above, which is dominated by white walls. The bedrooms and a large attic-loft, which is used as a work-and-play space, are located on this upper level.