When, three hundred years ago, this farmhouse stood up in Emporda nobody would have thought that, centuries evenings would become a jewel. Noting the jumble of rooftops and crannies on the photo of the facade is easy to deduce that was added afterwards. And now connects reform with the times without losing any of its character.

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Well, what it was the old construction is proven and rises in the inner Empordà, an idyllic landscape of olive trees and Mediterranean pines. When the current owners bought it was already somewhat ruined, but their walls and roofs remained standing harm than good although its interior cubicles were intended to keep livestock during the winter months. There was no other choice: the farmhouse underwent a restoration in the making. But a wise restoration, so that we can serve anyone who is in a similar situation at a country house, whether farmhouse, village, tower, farm or farmhouse.

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Of course, they are first sanitation work, which I break them because they are not only cumbersome to count, but because any master builder knows it to run. Let us because they are made. It is time to restore the walls and ceilings and also thinking about the facade and distribution. Here if the hand and head of Lluís Auquer, the author of the draft reform shows. Perhaps most striking corresponds to the porch, a new mimicked one hundred percent with the original plant. It is not only striking but really appreciated, because for months you can enjoy the outside, the silence and smooth those views and wooded horizons. And I do also well sprawled on the sofa or in an armchair of those lovely string you see in the picture. A marvel.

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Less striking, because it is barely noticeable, it is the task of rehabilitation of walls, floors and ceilings. Unpolished stones in the area, equal to the primitive, for the walls; tuffs, or limestone floor; wooden beams, doors and windows, and Arabic tiles of lifetime for roofs and gables. Each of these materials came from scrap yards or auction houses in the area, that it was: the golden rule for the splendid result of this farmhouse. Because it is the only way to integrate the new into the old creating a single whole. Actually, it do what it has done for centuries.

Here also some reform became more and some windows where there were none opened. It seems clear that in the seventeenth century the inhabitants of this farmhouse just needed a little small window to vent smoke from the fires and fireplaces. The walls, then all the better to ward off the cold and heat sealed. But in the XXI century a good heating allows us the luxury of looking good warm a fantastic world behind glass. The horizontal window behind one of the white sofas, two vertical fixed windows, one above the other, all in the living room, act as the most beautiful pictures of Emporda.

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So far the most general and most basic lesson promised rehabilitation. But I refuse to say four things more decorative aspects. No pass me a whisker not bore you.

One, the kitchen, a very costly reconstruction of a kitchen "old" technology and modern aesthetics. handmade tiles, bell work, Macael marble countertop, wooden cabinets fronts painted in a subtle and dull green, table and chairs almoneda directly to the field out here it is a pleasure to cook.

Two, furniture, simple, straight and pure lines, without any pretensions to offer comfort and be useful, an ideal pretension. If you take one look at the pictures you you can fix that none is ornamental or spare. Everyone, even the gilt-framed mirror hung at the entrance to the master bedroom, have a function and meaning. The righteous, then, but chosen with love and care. Rustic but always comfortable.

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Three, the playground is the most luminous and clear throughout the house. And that really seems very generous to children, who hate and fear the dark. What has been done? Something as simple as painting a white ceiling azulete the fabric and use white furniture pickled in both the bedroom and the bathroom. A very practical, thoughtful and beautiful solution.

And four: the pool, square and without artifice, like a pond, is flanked by two twin beds of lavender, a very good way to take advantage of the breeze to scent the water where we swam and in the opposite direction, the atmosphere you breathe from the porch.

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