A 19th century house recovered with a lot of charm

A 19th century house recovered with a lot of charm

I was there. In the middle of narrow streets and in an almost dilapidated state, but with a potential that was enough for its current owners to buy the Building, mid 19th century. The value of Ca Marichín, clarifies the architect Marina Senabre Roca, was that she had not undergone reforms and remained intact. And the challenge was to adapt it to current use, but without modifying the authenticity of the construction.

The challenge also had a personal facet. The house was acquired by the family as summer residence, and she, with contributions from her father Vicente Senabre Castillo, also an architect, and with pieces inherited from her mother, whom they familiarly call Marichín, transformed her into a charming home.

The house had an original structure that was respected. The living room, dining room, kitchen and patio were located on the ground floor. The living area had an exceptionally high ceiling, which contrasted with that of the lower dining room. The architect decided to reduce the level of the dining room by a couple of steps, which is now visually wider. Then there was also the patio, with a closed back area. Marina Senabre opened it, which meant strengthening the structure of the building to strengthen it. On the first floor was the bedroom, suite type, of their parents.

From here you can access a semiplanta that occupies only the space equivalent to that of the living room and in it the guest bedroom and a bathroom were located. The last floor was reserved for the bedroom of Marina, which also incorporates a work area. True to the premise of not altering the authenticity of the building, the architect kept the original materials, typical of Ciutadella's constructions: stone and clay slabs made by hand on the floor, and walls with the irregular texture of the whitewashed, but covered with Current specific anti-humidity paint.

The next step was Decorate the house. And in this phase, her mother played a key role in providing furniture and accessories that were part of her family history. Pieces that had passed from generation to generation, and that add to the beauty of their lines the charm of a small anecdote about the origin of each one of them. Dear designs, which will continue to write the story of Ca Marichín, the house of Ciutadella with its own name.

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In Ca Marichín, time seems to have stopped. Carpentry, walls and floors are the original, but rehabilitated, to make life more comfortable. Details such as retro switches or curtains that cover only half of the window, evoke the past. Both the table and the chair are inherited objects, used with love throughout generations.

Staircase in the living room

The house has several floors, communicated through a staircase that starts
from the lounge His railing was rehabilitated by Sebastià Servera, of Fustería Vinser, the same carpenter who recovered the doors and windows of the whole house. In the corner you can see the fireplace.

To his right, the television set was installed, the only license of the 21st century. A screen fixed to the wall that, thanks to its white frame, merges with the walls and goes unnoticed.

L-shaped work sofa

To decorate the room, the architect Marina Senabre devised a sofa in the form of L. The rest of the pieces of Ca Marichín are designs with very personal stories. For example, the table was part of her great-grandmother's kitchen, but the architect's mother adapted it: she cut the legs and finished off with wheels to transform it into a model of easy-to-move center. The seats were the gift of a good friend.

Lounge and dining room

Living room and dining room - the latter on a slightly lower level - are connected through two openings, an arch and a smaller one, rectangular, as a window. Both facilitate the circulation of natural light from one space to another.

In addition, they act as XXL photography frames that have flirty corners, both in the living room and in the dining room, depending on the place from which they are contemplated.

Dining table, with stone envelope, acquired in Villa Garnelo.

Corner display cabinet

The mirror on the sofa and the corner showcase are also of family heritage.

Work bell

Sebastià Servera was inspired by the kitchens of the early twentieth century to recreate them in Ca Marichín.
The features that define it? The work bell, the shelves, the tile front on the walls,
the curtains under the sink ... And, of course, the furniture with white lacquered wood fronts.

Sash window

The original sash window of the house, and the dish drainer inherited on the wall.

Details in the kitchen

Much of the beauty of cooking is due, in particular, to the details that give it character.

Marble sink

Marble sink, installed at a lower level than the countertop.

Summer dining

The area of ​​the patio closest to the house was left covered to enjoy peaceful shaded outdoor meals. As seats, a workbench was alternated with outdoor chairs dressed in striped cookies, which make them more comfortable.

The backyard

Very typical in many old houses, although they are usually dark and unattractive. In Ca Marichín, part was left uncovered to enjoy a pleasant outdoor space. Its walls were painted white to enhance the luminosity.

Singular lamp

Anything goes. On your walks on the beach or in the countryside, how many times have you found wood or tree fragments? Marina Senabre took advantage of a branch that brought the sea to make this unique lamp.

Work furniture

How practical! Next to the summer dining room there was a piece of furniture, with an old sink and storage space. Behind the curtains are stored patio accessories during winter.


Chairs, a sofa and a trunk as a coffee table.

Work space

Bedroom with a workspace with a desk.

Door recovered

From the work area you go to the rest through a vain dressed in a curtain. Next to him you can see the door recovered from an old closet, light blue and with the mirror front. Its aged appearance - it was only cleaned, keeping even the oxidized visagras-, adds personality and character to the environment.

Original bow

Marina Senabre kept the original arch to delimit the entrance to the rest area in her parents' bedroom. The curtains, old, enhance the feeling of entering one of the most important environments of the house. On the wall above the bed a shelf was fixed at medium height, on which books and pictures rest.

Head of work

The highest floor is occupied by Marina Senabre. Although she lives in Barcelona, ​​she often travels to Menorca to carry out numerous projects.

In the rest area, attic, designed a headboard.

Chaise longue

Dressing room. The master bedroom has floor to ceiling cabinets to store clothing and accessories. The curtains that replace the doors add a rustic touch to the atmosphere, chaired by a chaise-longue.


Screen that guarantees privacy, even with the bedroom door open.

Dressing room and bathroom

For the parents of the architect, it occupies the first floor and has a dressing room and private bathroom.

Guest room

In the semiplanta, the smallest of the house, the guest room was located. The bed, now painted in white, was the one the architect used as a child, as was the wooden chair that serves as a bedside table. The bedding, with floral and plaid print, evokes the bucolic spirit of the cottages.

Zinc borer

Second opportunity. If you are lucky enough to get old family pieces, analyze their decorative possibilities. Here, the guest bathroom gained charm with a zinc bowl that replaces the sink.

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