This time last year, Gray Gillot of Amber Developments was contracted to work on the design, development and project management of a completely dilapidated, uninhabitable, small 200-year old finca in the island’s northern countryside, given the task to increase the property size while respecting the architectural style of the original house. And of course, to make it completely liveable for its new owners!
At the beginning of the project, a lot of structural underpinning was required to secure the property before extending it and bring it up to current standards of living, due to some of the antiquated methods it had been built from, namely using mud and stone. One of the biggest challenges, according to Gray, was getting his trusted teams of contractors to understand the nature of the brief – that is, while the latest building methods and state of the art technology (such as underfloor heating and cooling, solar heating and LED lighting) were to be used, the finished product needed to appear homely, and feel as though it had been consistently lived in for years.
Using natural textures and materials from Ibiza in keeping with traditional construction styles, such as stone work, rustic plasterwork, typical Ibicencan flooring and Sabina beams, it is impossible for the naked eye to determine where old and new meet, so seamless is the join of the extension to the original finca. The result is an impressive eight-bedroom property – each featuring a bathroom or shower – fusing traditional materials with contemporary style and taste – and including a stunning large swimming pool with micro-cement finish.
In typical Amber Developments style, the project was placed on a fast track to completion, and the clients moved in at the beginning of the Ibiza summer – just seven months after the project had been commissioned.