Add living space in the loft!

Hello everyone, apologies for not posting in a while, its been busy here at Jacober Interiors, organising the new roof and windows for project Weinberg.

Firstly a sneak peak at the start of the building! For this project, I designed a new roof because I needed more bedroom space and due to planning restrictions the only way was up! I managed to add floorspace under the new roof for a bedroom, bathroom and dressing room.  The space amounts to about 60m2 and with clever arranging around the 45 degree pitches something special can be created!

This pile of wood will become our roof and top floor. The pine wood comes from Switzerland and Southern Germany, in an effort to keep the build as eco as possible I wanted to source locally.

By prefabricating a wooden structure off-site it can be craned in and finished in 5 days

Wood to be used for construction

For want of a better expression, the construction is made like a sandwich   pine wood, 3 layers bonded together, being the ‘bread’ and filling between a glass fibre insulation.  The interior of house facing side of the sandwich has plasterboard attached on the inside ready to decorate when each section is slotted together on site. 

The glass fibre is made from natural quartz melted and spun into glass wool, which is fire and pest proof and keep the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Swiss made of course! This is also an eco product because it lasts such a long time and this outweighs the production process.

Natural quartz sand is melted and spun into glass fibre insulation.

The CAD shows the overview, then each section is cut by machine.

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CAD of new roof structure

Below is a sliding door from hallway into bathroom.  All the electrics are pre-planned and tubes inserted into the walls ready for wires to be run through them later.

Roof structure – section from hallway to bedroom

This section shows the bedroom wall with a section cut away to accommodate the chimney from the fireplace two floors below.

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Herr Buhlmann explaining to me how he builds… in business since 1990 I got a feeling that he knew his chickens! 

Next to be produced as I left is the open doorway into the dressing room

 

I have chosen a concrete roof tile which is very hardwearing for the worst winter Switzerland could throw at us. I have been told that this type of roof is maintenance free for 50 years! It is a system where the tiles hang onto and clip into each other making them very sturdy.  I think that this Slate Grey Ral colour might just be perfect for the outside of the window frames, which will be in a maintenance free metal. Before I go I want to leave you with some of the inspiration I have used to design my bathroom and bedroom roof space….

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Look forward to sharing more updates soon!

Thanks for reading,

Amanda x

How to create an Eclectic bathroom

There is a new trend towards a more eclectic bathroom, there is so much choice nowadays and it is a good way to put a unique stamp on your home.  Firstly – nothing matchy-matchy. Eclectic is when you mix up different thing together to create a unique mix and style.  Whilst it is tempting to just visit the bathroom store and select a matching “suite” that is the first rule you have to break!  You want something quite timeless but interesting, maybe even unexpected.

Secondly, the toilet has to be simple and almost disappear in my opinion, wall hung with a concealed cistern if possible and white. Taking the vanity as the central focus, marble and wood or the up-cycling of existing furniture pieces creates a unique centre piece for the bathroom.

Tiles can be combined in different ways can add pops of colour and pattern to make a space stand out from the crowd. Even plain white budget tiles in an interesting shape, or laid in a different pattern can be just enough.  Grout need not be only white or taps chrome…  Read on and think out of the box…..

marble and stone 

Natural stone and marble always give a luxury timeless look – this solid marble basin is on brass legs and gives a traditional idea a modern look.

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A similar look is achieved here using a bluestone top with black taps.

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Below, the luxurious marble double vanity unit made using book matched Veneto marble with inset basins, certainly gives a 5 star feeling!

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Architecture firm Auhaus have put together a concept using concrete with precious purple veined marble and the contrast is quite surprising…

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cement tiles 

These are made with coloured clay by hand using traditional moulds to form the pattern.  Traditionally from Morocco they are now a offered by many companies.  Using the bold pattern they offer you can make a small space really special and keeping to a simple colour palette you can mix and match.

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upcycle – any second hand sale room find

Fans of mid-century can customise a sideboard and have surface mounted basins added for a lovely sleek look.

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Above designer Jenna Sue has up-cycled a chest of drawers to produce a cosy and cost effective vanity.

rustic charm 

These lovely rugs cozy up the dark grey floor and look lovely with the rustic teak vanity unit with on surface mounted basins.

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Any console table can be converted into a bathroom unit. You can even use a wide shelf so whatever your budget, you can create something eclectic and not boring off the shelf thingy.

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Continuing with the rustic theme this unusual vanity has a rough stone sink.

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colour

Add a unexpected colour and pattern

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Ceramic sink in pink, such a beautiful peony shade.

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cladding  

Economic, easily painted with a waterproof paint and can be wiped clean. You can also repaint in a couple of years without hassle or spending much.

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Cladding gives a cosy mountain feel to the elegant lights and mirror.

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coloured grout 

Grout can be fun! (did I just write that? – shoot me now!) 

metallic grout below in gold glitter

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hardware 

The finishing touches to even the most simple bathroom can make a bold statement.  Just straying out of the chrome zone gives the room a little unexpected boost.

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Black taps look set to stay….

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Brushed bronze from Watermark

 

Brushed gold from Kohler.com
Brass yen tap from Watermark with magnetic Carrara taps
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So you can see not all bathrooms are created equal.  Pinterest has a great source for ideas and inspirations and I hope that your next bathroom renovation however small can have a lot of oomph!

Thanks for reading, Amanda x

 

THE LUXURY OF SIMPLICITY – BEACH HOUSE RENTAL

THE LUXURY OF SIMPLICITY 

I was inspired by the interior design of this rather “grand” beach house  found in the heel of Italy – Puglia.  I want to share with you this laid-back and calm interior style, and at the end I have put a shopping list to recreate the look. In fact I am so captured,  I have to re-do the moodboards for my own renovation!!

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Dating back to 1689, the restored fortified farmhouse has a secure courtyard and nobel towers that once was a stronghold against Saracen raiders. The estate also has it’s very own private chapel.

Local Architects worked with Alexander Waterworth, who are London based Interior Designers to create a very calm and authentic atmosphere. They have respected the original architecture, used traditional methods and kept to a restrained colour palette of neutrals; whites, soft warm greys, blue and mauves that reflects the atmosphere around the house. The finished result looks like it has always been like that – a true mark of good design.

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The textures are natural fabrics; linen, cotton and velvet with weathered woods which blend harmoniously together with the natural terracotta stone and painted plaster.

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The huge vaulted ceiling and original features remain throughout and the house is heated by an eco thermal warming system.

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The polished plaster hamman and floors with wall lights in alcoves behind plaster give glimpses of how simplicity is a luxury,

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The house has been furnished with antiques from Italy and across Europe with bespoke linen covered upholstery.

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It is a has 8 bedrooms (so perfect for 1 large or 2/3 family holiday) it comes fully catered with chef, housekeepers etc… so no squabbling over dishwasher duty.  Whether you are/are not interested in renting this 8 bedroom home with 2 swimming pools you can take still take the inspiration and the shopping list above and to create your own little piece of heaven!

Details can be found here http://masseriapetrarolo.com

Thanks for reading

Amanda x

(note – all photos from masseriapetrarolo.com I have not visited this property and cannot personally recommend it, nor have I been paid for this post.)

 

 

Chalet Season

Merry Christmas!….. wouldn’t we all just love to be sitting here tonight! No snow in Zurich here so we are imagining too!

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Living in Switzerland, I often get asked about Swiss Chalets, which are admired throughout the world.   Zermatt, Gstaad, Verbier, Klosters, Arosa, St. Moritz, Cran Montana, Saas Fe ….. etc are great all year round but there is something about that chocolate box image of a Swiss Chalet in winter that really captures the imagination…..

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Chalet for sale near Gstaad

Whether renovating an old chalet or building new, reclaimed wood and granite is highly sought after.  Old chalets, barns and outbuildings are deconstructed and carefully reused to create something which is quite unique and authentic. There is such a small supply now as people have always recycled old buildings in the mountains,  that the Swiss now have to look further afield.

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