Casa Brumas is a family vacation home on the mountain side of the Volcano Irazu outside of a small farming community in Costa Rica. The house was built and designed by the cousin team, designer Diana Blanco (@ordinarystay) and contractor Jorge Blanco (@jbcontratistas). Diana grew up in the United States and moved with her family to Costa Rica in order to compete the build of Casa Brumas. It is the first project that the cousins collaborated on together and the first time they have ever lived in the same place. Every detail of the home was thoughtfully considered with an effort to incorporate local materials and collaborate with local artists and artisans. Much of the design throughout the home is a nod back to the natural surrounding outside of the home. The house was designed as a vacation home for the Blanco family to gather as well as to be rented out for others to enjoy. It is perched on the volcano with spectacular mountain views. It is quiet and peaceful surrounded by nature and a wonderful retreat.
All of the ceilings, windows, cabinets, and closets throughout the home are a sustainably sourced local wood called Laurel. The floors a poured finished concrete. In the kitchen we created concrete built in cabinets with some being open and some having wood doors. The cement tiles on the back wall are locally made. The design is meant to echo the lines of nature around the house as well as the sun and moon.
All of the windows in the house were individually designed and hand built. The goal was incorporate a strong feeling of connection between the exterior and interior.
The biggest feature of the home is in the expansive windows and the large terrace that allows for connection to the surrounding natural elements.
Hand made cement tiles with a custom pattern reflecting the sun and moon and a custom hood vent made of Laurel wood.
The main feature in the dining room is the 12 ft table made from a single slab of Guanacaste wood. It was then transformed into a custom table for the home.
Almost all of the furniture in the home was also designed by Diana and custom made working with local artisans.
The living room light was hand built on site as a collaboration between a grandfather and grandson.
Most of the art hung throughout the house are highlighting local artists and several of the pieces of furniture as well, like this chair that is carved from one piece of Guanacaste wood.
Built in shelves take advantage of an otherwise unused wall.
For this room we worked with a local illustrator and artist to paint a mural that is reflective of the surrounding nature.
Closets custom designed and locally made as well as locally made cement tiles.
For this bathroom we designed the shower doors and built them on site.
We designed the built in bunkbed and to utilize the existing space it also incorporates a small desk and reading nook above.
Built in bunkbed with additional trundle.
Built in kids desk area. Our daughter drew the pattern that we decided to incorporate into the tiles for the cement tile floor.
The bathroom mirror is made from a slab of wood and the mirror cut to reflect its natural shape.
The pink tiles in this bathroom were chosen to reflect the color of the sky at dusk.
We chose to hand pour cement on site for the bathroom counters.
The furniture in the master bedroom was also designed and made locally.
The ceramic lights in the master were made by a local ceramic artist.