17 ideas to renovate a country house

Addition or subtraction, traditional materials or innovative, disruptive choices or in line with the past. A selection of projects that have given new life to old country houses.

Studio XM (Timothee Mercier), MA House, 2019. Foto Simone Bossi

Original stone facade and neutral tones

Original stones on the facade and spaces defined by the neutral tones of white and wood: Studio XM transforms the building in Vaucluse underlining the value of craftsmanship. Read full article here.

White lime and external staircase

The single-family residence designed by Grupo Boreal is a lime-coated construction that offers a up-to-date transposition of a classic Mediterranean building typology. Read full article here.

Mashrabiyas and floor resin

The Italian architects renovate a rural architecture combining traditional techniques and markedly contemporary signs. Read full article here.

External coating and geometric rigour

For Studio Archisbang, the thickening of an existing building due to its external insulation coating is the occasion for a reflection on the architectural languages and masses. Read full article here.

Glass facade and wooden frames

The wide glass surfaces and natural materials introduced by Jorge Ramón Giacometti in a traditional Ecuadorian home define an intimate relationship of continuity between the interior and the natural landscape surrounding it. Read full article here.

Exposesd concrete addition

A few kilometers from Malaga, studio Fuertespenedo Arquitectos builds the extension of a rural house, enhancing traditional materials and space. Read full article here.

Austere wood and pitched roof

Set in a lot adjoining a railway axis, the residential building designed by Studio a Milano recreates the configuration of the typical Lombard agricultural courtyard, while offering a renewed view to travellers observing the construction from the train. Read full article here.

Roof garden and rough wood

Mork-Ulnes Architects studies traditional techniques and environmental conditions to give shape to a mountain house that seems hiding in nature. Read full article here.

Cork walls and solar panels

The Casa Quattro by LCA architetti in Magnano is a successful experiment on the topic of energy efficiency and its diverse possible aesthetics. Read full article here.

Full height double view and reed walls

Designed by the Spanish studio Ohlab, Casa Palerm is conceived as a device that allows to live indoor and outdoor spaces in absolute continuity, making the most of natural ventilation and respecting the island's local identity. Read full article here.

Roof addition and spare units