When Paul Whitelock bought the old house in Montejaque belonging to the Real family, he already had an idea of what he wanted to create; namely a traditional house with modern themes. He also wanted it to be an eco-house. He also had to have it ready for guests who were scheduled to move in on 19 September! He really is a crazy guy!
When I viewed the ‘Real’ house for the first time. I could see past the old-fashionedness of the layout and the décor. After I’d bought the house I decided to retain as many original features as possible, eg traditional sevillanas (wall tiles) and the original floor tiles. We planned to expose and stain/paint some of the wooden beams.
As for the eco angle, I have bought second-hand furniture and fittings; I have also been given a lot of things, including internal doors and windows, items of furniture, etc. A surprising number of items have been acquired from the dump and up-cycled. Well if Sarah Moore can do it on the BBC, so can I!
Retrieved items include a kitchen cupboard, a couple of rugs, several pictures in nice frames, lamps, a beaded curtain, a child’s cot in new condition and material which could be cut to size to make shelves.
Other items were bought new to ensure eco-friendliness – electrodomésticos, for example. Those included a new oven and hob, washing machine, kettle and iron. For hygiene reasons all beds have new mattresses and new bedding and the towels are all-new, too.