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Proyecto: „From a derelict basement to an oasis of calm”

From a derelict basement to an oasis of calm

Who:
Maria and Maike W.

Where:
Köln

What:
basement

With what:

  • Slate Anthracite Tile look
  • Underlay DuoProtect
  • Skirting board Plain White SL04

It stank of oil and debris. But just four months later, the smell has vanished without a trace. Now, this former basement party room has been given a new lease of life. Married couple Maria and Maike bought an old block of flats in Cologne’s Vogelsang district in December 2015, taking it upon themselves to carry out the renovation work from the ground up. But, since the cellar is underground, its own renovation fell by the wayside.

During the construction work it was used as a chaotic storage room and, to make matters worse, the oil tank in a neighbouring room sprung a leak in the course of the renovation work, flooding the cellar with dirty water. In the room for which they had previously drawn up loving plans, now everything had to be put on pallets. Maria grimaces as she recalls: “Building debris was piled up in the space that we had once hoped to turn into a spa with a sauna and shower.” As part of the 40 Years, 40 Projects campaign, Parador sponsored the young couple, whose family is soon to be joined by a new arrival, by providing a new floor for the cellar, so that they have a true family home from the ground up – and down! Maria is delighted: “We fell in love with the beautiful tile-look vinyl flooring in slate anthracite at first sight. With this gorgeous flooring, the space now looks like a dream.” And this is how the cellar was transformed into a genuine living area, allowing the small but growing family to concentrate on being happy in their home.

40 ganadores sobre un buen suelo

Con motivo de nuestro 40 aniversario, hemos aportado un suelo nuevo a 40 proyectos. Descubra aquí quiénes han sido los ganadores

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