Finca Jordi is a 200-year-old stone building on the outskirts of Soller, a town nestled in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains on the Balearic island of Mallorca. A personal project, I renovated the house and garden as a holiday home.
The house had been restored by the previous owners who had lived there with their family for 10 years. The interiors were simple and featured traditional finishes that you see everywhere in houses like this. I wanted to retain much of what had been done, stripping out only those features that did not add to the vernacular feel of the house.
The three storey house included a top floor loft space that had been divided into 2 bedrooms. A small bathroom was altered to make it more usable and the rooms were redecorated. On the first floor, the bedrooms and bathrooms were redecorated and a new bathroom installed off the garden bedroom. The ground floor required the most attention. Many of these types of Mallorcan houses suffer with what they call ‘humidity’ which is in effect rising damp. We removed much of the ground floor living room floor, dug out the sodden earth and restored the floor to avoid future damp problems.
The small south-facing garden was replanted and the area furnished to take advantage of the views to the Tramuntana Mountains.