Portuguese architect José Lobo Almeida has completed the renovation and extension of the Feitais House, a house built in 1870, in the rural centre of the village of Condes de Baixo.
The building, which consists of two floors, had other facilities attached to it formerly, such as the caretakers house and the wine press, which determined the course of renovation from the very beginning. Previously in the past, the ground floor of the house, which connects the house to the street and courtyard, was used for storage and as a cellar. Establishing a real tourist facility involved the creation and reinvention of new spaces. Therefore the rooms used previously for storage on the ground floor were replaced by spacious living areas, which feature huge glazed openings. Thanks to the demolition of the roofing and surrounding walls of the former wine press adjoining the house, the problem of space deficit was solved.
A beautiful added garden space was created, and the base of the wine press was transformed to a pool to the delight of the guests. Now visitors can enjoy the view of the lovely enlarged garden from the ground floor. The renovation of the highly degrading roof meant new space for the top part of the house. From the interior courtyard, outdoor stairs lead to the upper part of the house, guiding the guest to the entrance of the accommodation units, where three bedrooms and an added reading room was placed in the corners of the square plan, substituting the place of the attic. This floor also contains a central corridor, from which anybody can enter the outdoor balcony facing the south.
José Lobo Almeida was able to add even more living space for the maximum efficiency. He created a new building with three duplexes and two double rooms out of the stone masonry left behind from the demolished buildings. “The new building, with the width of the former caretaker's house, is located in the southern edge of the forecourt in an explicit commitment to the landscape - the cut out of the sky by the mountain range of Serra da Estrela.” explained the architect.