Location: Valgums, Latvia
Team: Zane Tetere-Sulce, Beatrise Dzerve, Girts Kula, Olga Ponomarjova, Eva Heidingere-Jukama
Photo: Alvis Rozenbergs
The Valgums project represents a transformative journey from architectural dysfunction to refined living. Initially acquired as an unfinished residential structure bereft of both aesthetic and functional considerations, the property has been thoroughly reimagined into a well-designed lakeside home.
Architecturally, the structure’s awkward eaves were eliminated, giving way to a clean, double-sloped roofline. The original trusswork was retained to maintain a sense of continuity, while all windows were elongated to the floor level to optimize natural light. A large terrace was introduced to rebalance the building’s proportions when viewed from the lake, rendering it as a two-story structure rather than a three-story edifice. This helps to maximize the enjoyment of the sublime lakeside setting.
The redesign prioritizes spacious living areas and a grand master bedroom, with high ceilings amplifying the sense of openness. The two-level master bedroom with its own bathroom was created by transforming the original garage, and allowed to add another layer of comfort for the owners. A dedicated office space that fits seamlessly into the layout, providing both privacy and accessibility was included as a part of the two level master bedroom design.
Inside, we’ve created the perfect setting for the owners’ art collection. Varied ceiling heights posed a challenge, but the artwork has been skillfully arranged to complement the space. Lime plaster finishes on the walls and ceilings unify the home’s interior, making it feel cohesive and organic.