The old family estate in the small town of Trilj, 20 km from Split, has been redesigned. It consisted of a few houses that had declined over time due to moving house, or random concrete structures.
Lack of respect towards the heritage can be seen in its worst form in various aspects, so that the best solution appeared to be demolition and complete reconstruction from the ground up. Luckily, the ownersdecided to restore the original form of the house and to delight the whole town with a ’new antique‘.
Today it is a luxurious home with a custom-made wine cellar, a pool, a small garden house and an amazing landscape design. Stone, as a traditional material, was used in sizes and shapes typical of the area.
The former stables were redesigned as a living room with an extraordinary two-sided fireplace, which separates the living room from the kitchen and the dining room. There are three bedrooms on the upper floor, all with bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes.
The building and adaptation were very complex and were carried out under the constant supervision of the structural engineer. The aim was to preserve authenticity of the stone building as far as possible. The stone walls are reinforced with ferroconcrete slabs supported by central pillars, which makes the existing stone structure lighter. The wooden roof is built traditionally, reflecting the form and style of Dalmatian architecture.
The interior highlights stone as the predominant material, but very carefully, in order to avoid a rural look.
The interior is designed with the finest materials, ceramic tiles and high-quality furniture that harmonise discreetly.
While landscaping, particular attention was paid to the choice of indigenous plants such as lavender, rosemary, olive trees and climbing plants typical of Dalmatia.
The pool is in the huge front garden which stretches to the River Cetina. There is also a stone path and a small garden house, where friends can gather and enjoy wine and barbecues.