Convert outdoor space of Casa Chorizo

This site is about how we converted our outside space to a tranquil and entertaining space with Argentinean parrilla, swimming pool, open air cinema, small basketball area and play space for our family and friends.

We live in a typical Casa Chorizo in the center of Buenos Aires in Argentina. The casas chorizo were built late 19th and early 20th century and typically built to house 3 generations of family, grandparents, parents and children and in some cases even the uncles and aunts. The rooms of these houses circumvent an internal patio that typically measures between 8 to 16 by 4.5 meters. Additionally, for the surface these houses occupy, they are ideal to leverage the roof as a terrace and use it to extend the outdoor space.

Casa chorizo de Buenos Aires

Requirements

We were looking how to convert our outside space for us to enjoy city life while also have the amenities and luxuries of living outside the city at the same time without having to travel for more than 2 hours. We were looking for:

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  • space, 
  • patio and roof terrace with green, 
  • tranquility as well as at the same time a place to enjoy and for the children to play and relax,
  • Argentinean Parrilla where we can can do the typical Argentinean asado (Argentinean style barbecue)
  • Lunch and dining space, 
  • a terrace swimming pool where we can play and swim, 
  • A waterfall,
  • solar deck,
  • an outdoor cinema in the open air,
  • Fountain with flowing water and 
  • A small area to play basketball in the patio among other things.

Waterfall cascada in swimming poolPatio of Casa Chorizo

It took us a lot of time and effort to find and execute the ideas to get a "casa chorizo reciclada" and wanted to share it on this site, so hopefully it will inspire more people to enjoy their house more.

We did not do this on our own. Some parts were already in place when we started. We had some very talented architects working with us, and then we contracted a company to help get the ideas to reality. Please let us know if you have any question or feedback on our contact page.

You can click on the links on the right or below to see how we converted our outdoor space to our ideal place to be:

Rooftop Swimming Pool

The rooftop pool was an important element for us to have. Both for the children to play as well as for us to swim daily. And with the temper...