Amber Developments – 2016: Busiest year ever!
It’s only February, but Ibiza project management specialists Amber Development are right in the thick of their busiest season ever. The successful design & build experts, headed up by UK professional Gray Gillot, are working on a variety of projects all over the island, ranging from landscaping in the north, restorations in the west and the construction of a professional tennis court in the south to a brand new build in the west – all on track to be completed in time for summer 2016.
Kitchen refurbishment: Can Verru
Can Verru is one of Ibiza’s most requested holiday villas and extremely popular with fitness and wellness retreats alike. To help cater to the needs of their client base, the owners commissioned Amber Developments to strip the existing kitchen and remodel it completely to create an efficient, industrial and functional working space for professional caterers to facilitate up to 16 guests while retaining the traditional rustic aesthetics of the villa.
New yoga space: Can Verru
Continuing with Can Verru’s retreat-based expansion, Amber Developments have created an all-new professional yoga facility – their second project in this style – within its grounds. Designed to be functional throughout all seasons, the area can open up completely or remain sheltered from the elements and includes a complete organic wooden structure, heating, fans, a sound system, mood lighting, space to accommodate 18 yoga mats, a wooden deck and cut log path that leads to an enclosed massage area.
Finca reformation: San Agustin
After successfully completing work on a 250-year old traditional finca in the island’s south west, retaining its original appearance but refurbishing up to modern living standards, Amber Developments were commissioned by the same owners to repeat the process on their neighbouring property – however this time the difference is that the villa is much newer and the brief is to make it appear older, more rustic and in keeping with traditional finca design.
New build: San Jose
Amber Developments founder Gray Gillot has been appointed by SunProDevelopments to act as a construction consultant on a new build, featuring beautiful landscaping and the contemporary combination of glass and stone. Gray – who has previously managed a new build in the same area – says the project is due for completion by the end of 2016.
Villa renovation: Jesus
A London-based couple appointed Amber Developments to oversee the design and refurbishment of a 90s style four-bedroom villa in Jesus into a contemporary, simple and slick home – a project which needs to be mindful of the owners desire to create a property appealing to the summer rental market before making it their permanent residence. The renovations also involve intensive landscaping to create more space around the villa.
External landscaping: San Miguel
Wrapping up two years of development for a valued client in the north of Ibiza is the external landscaping of this beautiful finca. Amber Developments will oversee terracing, the design and implementation of croquet lawns and the addition of pergolas set on tiered levels around the pool (inspired by a previous project). A fast-track project, the property’s revamped grounds will be ready to enjoy for the summer months of 2016.
Bedroom & bathroom upgrade: High-end interiors
A year after completion of this luxury Es Cubells villa, the owners decided to enlist Amber Developments to upgrade the staff quarters – the only part of the property not previously renovated – to match the standards of the rest of the property. Converting the space to a double bedroom and a bathroom with high end finishes including monsoon shower, new tiling, sunken floors and more, the conversion is the final phase of the project.
Tennis court construction: Es Cubells
“A phenomenal amount of work is involved,” says Gray for the construction of a professional tennis court at this luxury Es Cubells villa, an existing Amber Developments project owned by a top quality tennis player. Structural work such as cutting into the rock mountainside, installing reinforced stone slabs to create a flat surface, adding terraced stone walls, drainage and lighting will be followed by the professional court surface by a specialist French company.
New pool & garage conversion: Cala Bassa
Proving no job is too big or too small for Amber Developments is this simplistic conversion project designed to give a Spanish-style property in Cala Bassa extra appeal on the rental market. The UK-based owners commissioned Gray to work on the external areas of their existing home, converting a garage into a space featuring two bedrooms, a bathroom and a small kitchenette and installing a new pool with terraces.
Finca transformation: Santa Gertrudis
Set in secluded pine trees, just outside of Santa Gertrudis, a property in need of an overhaul has been entrusted to Amber Developments by its owners, who understand Gray Gillot’s vision for fusing the traditional with modernity. Here, an original finca had a modern building bolted on by previous owners, and will be renovated to take it all back to traditional styles, with the addition of an enclosed Balinese yoga area off the pool and a beautifully decorated separate casita.