Apartment Renovation - Marseilles

This typical Marseilles apartment situated on the second floor in a late XIXth Century building. The flat overlooked an extensive court planted with all the Mediterranean 'usuals' - olive, date palm trees, oleanders and mimosas. It had been a buy to let for many years and looked very miserable at purchase. It also stunk from lack of ventilation. Solving this problem was crucial to the project's success. The concept adopted for this small space was to create multi-functional space thus opening up closed up stuffy rooms.
Mediterranean Apartment Renovation - Marseilles
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A second floor flat with only 2 period features worth keeping - the Carrara Marble fireplace was reopened and the kitchen hood was kept. The flat overlooked an extensive inner court with mature gardens - olive, date palm trees, oleanders and mimosas. It is typical in Marseilles that small flats only have one exterior wall and thus the bedroom and bathroom are windowless. The 2 ...More
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Plan - The flat was stuffy with 2 rooms and a bathroom without windows. The bathroom stunk of damp and hot baths/showers led to serious condensation problems. SOLUTIONS to bathroom condensation, mould and smells 1. An opening was cut in the wall separating bathroom and kitchen the shape of a ‘meurtrière” as found in bunkers. Two triangular holes were cut out to further incr...More
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This Section Cad drawing with photo input shows the sliding library screening the bedroom and dressing room. The high ceilings 3.2m/10 feet allowed space for storage above the bathroom and a platform for a a double mattress for temporary sleeping space.
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Under a layer of lino and glue an original period Carrara Marble mantelpiece was discovered. The fireplace was reopened for use and a newspaper cutting was found dating 1962. The door between lounge and kitchen was disposed of and an opening created to allow communication between the volumes. The original "tomettes" (hexagonal terracotta tiles) had been tiled over and ruined. ...More
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The doors for the living room and bedrooms were taken out to maximise air circulation and light. The climate in Marseilles is dry, almost desert like, because the prevailing wind blows from the land and not the sea. Hence, windows could be left open 24 hours a day April till October with the louvred shutters closed. The louvred shutters were an original feature and required ...More
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A picture frame opening was made in the wall separating kitchen and lounge.
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Photo simulation of kitchen worktop
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Total cost €6000 / £5195 / $7833 (€1=£0.87=$1.31) The kitchen had two period features - the hood connecting to a chimney allowing natural ventilation and a stone sink. The latter was very rustic, very damaged, positioned very low and the wrong width for the new worktop - it had to go. The naturally ventilated hood - thus silent and energy efficient - was kept, it ensured all v...More
“Therese” — grovlars
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The kitchen walls were tiled with Faïence de Salernes. Salernes is a town in the Var hills, not far from Marseilles. Its famous for its ceramic workshops. One of these is the atelier Wiart, their glaze is particularly beautiful. The site is - www.carrelage-lave-cuisine.com/
“Pop of colour” — lauriee2055
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An under mount stainless sink was chosen to end the problem of accumulated limescale around the rim. A wall tap chosen also to eliminate the limescale issue - wall mounted taps are very common in France and you can buy the cheapest for € 12- €15 - shower hose included.
“Clever tap” — Pam Grey
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kitchen window sill detail
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The "meurtrière” opening brought light and allowed ventilation. Two decorative triangular holes were cut out to further increase air flow and light. The ‘meurtrière” was high enough to insure that a naked body standing in the bath could only be seen from the neck upwards. Moreover, one could take a shower with a view through the kitchen window.
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The bathroom had no window - it was thus dark, it stunk of damp and hot baths/showers led to serious condensation problems. 1. The "meurtrière” opening brought light and allowed ventilation. Two decorative triangular holes were cut out to further increase air flow and light. The ‘meurtrière” was high enough to insure that a naked body standing in the bath could only be seen ...More
“London” — chloecarlisle
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A hole was cut out to further increase ventilation and light. Two decorative triangular glass tiles were fitted.
Mediterranean Apartment Renovation - Marseilles
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The kitchen walls were tiled with Faïence de Salernes. Salernes is a town in the Var hills, not far from Marseilles. Its famous for its ceramic workshops. One of these is the atelier Wiart, their glaze is particularly beautiful. The site is - www.carrelage-lave-cuisine.com/
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