Home Makeover – Concrete bungalow turns into a dream villa

Home Makeover – Concrete bungalow turns into a dream villa


Hello, welcome to my house. Please come in!” Anna Gunnarsdóttír’s bungalow in a suburb
of the Icelandic capital Reykjavik is a modern concrete-looking villa with a previous life. Like almost all houses here, it was built
in the 1960s. Anna Gunnarsdottír and her husband have modernised
the bungalow and renovated it in keeping with its surroundings. “I enjoy to stay here in all the lights and
the nature, to be in contact with nature here. It’s very much a balance between inside and
outside. You feel in good connection and relaxed here.” The idea for the conversion came about in
2015 – at first Anna Gunnarsdóttír only wanted to redesign the kitchen and dining
room. But that led to a total conversion. Now there is plenty of room for Anna Gunnarsdóttir
and her husband. And their daughter who often visits. “First, when we started really to break things
down, it’s like a journey you don’t know where you’re going because we never thought it would
be so much as it turned out to be, I have to say that. Because it was always more and more and more
and more, but it was also fun to do it.” Hardly anything remains of the old house. This special furnishing was the idea of a
construction worker during the renovation. “He had cut one piece out of the bathroom
wall to make a window and from this piece he cut this out and got the idea to make this
lamp and this is really the only piece from the old house that reminds me of it.” The spacious open living space with many small
cosy corners is a new feature. It includes a TV corner in the heart of the
house and office space in the rear. There is a room with a fireplace on the lower
level. The furnishings are a mix of souvenirs and
functional furniture. When it comes to interior design, Anna places
great importance on quality and continuity. “I think it is good to keep some old pieces
also, for the past, for the memories of the past you have.” Anna Gunnarsdóttir’s bungalow has 345 square
meters of indoor living space. Remodelling instead of building anew proved
the right decision. In addition, there is the newly designed outdoor
area with a typical Icelandic thermal bath. “I was happy with my house before and so I
just wanted to use from the house what you can and then you break the other things and
make them as you want to have it”. The best of both: a mix of old and new, both
classical and modern … the bungalow is now exactly the home Anna Gunnarsdóttir always
wanted.


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