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.

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Modern home with Kitchen, Engineered Quartz Counter, Mosaic Tile Backsplashe, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Range Hood, Wall Lighting, Range, Wood Cabinet, Concrete Floor, White Cabinet, Recessed Lighting, and Undermount Sink. 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.
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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.

Modern home with Kitchen, Dishwasher, White Cabinet, Engineered Quartz Counter, Wall Lighting, Wood Cabinet, Undermount Sink, and Concrete Floor. 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.  Photo 2 of Casa BrumasView Photos

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.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, Concrete Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. The biggest feature of the home is in the expansive windows and the large terrace that allows for connection to the surrounding natural elements.  Photo 3 of Casa BrumasView Photos

The biggest feature of the home is in the expansive windows and the large terrace that allows for connection to the surrounding natural elements.

Modern home with Kitchen, Engineered Quartz Counter, White Cabinet, Wall Lighting, Undermount Sink, Wood Cabinet, Range, and Mosaic Tile Backsplashe. Hand made cement tiles with a custom pattern reflecting the sun and moon and a custom hood vent made of Laurel wood.  Photo 4 of Casa BrumasView Photos

Hand made cement tiles with a custom pattern reflecting the sun and moon and a custom hood vent made of Laurel wood.

Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Gas Burning Fireplace, Ceiling Lighting, Concrete Floor, and Chair. 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.  Photo 5 of Casa BrumasView Photos

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.

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, Concrete Floor, Bookcase, and Gas Burning Fireplace. Almost all of the furniture in the home was also designed by Diana and custom made working with local artisans. Photo 6 of Casa BrumasView Photos

Almost all of the furniture in the home was also designed by Diana and custom made working with local artisans.

Modern home with Living Room, Gas Burning Fireplace, Chair, Bench, Sofa, Bookcase, Ceiling Lighting, and Concrete Floor. The living room light was hand built on site as a collaboration between a grandfather and grandson. Photo 7 of Casa BrumasView Photos

The living room light was hand built on site as a collaboration between a grandfather and grandson.

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Ceiling Lighting, Bookcase, Concrete Floor, Sofa, and Coffee Tables. 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.  Photo 8 of Casa BrumasView Photos

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.

Modern home with Hallway and Concrete Floor. Built in shelves take advantage of an otherwise unused wall.  Photo 9 of Casa BrumasView Photos

Built in shelves take advantage of an otherwise unused wall.

Modern home with Bedroom, Night Stands, Bed, Ceramic Tile Floor, and Ceiling Lighting. For this room we worked with a local illustrator and artist to paint a mural that is reflective of the surrounding nature.  Photo 10 of Casa BrumasView Photos

For this room we worked with a local illustrator and artist to paint a mural that is reflective of the surrounding nature.

Modern home with Bedroom, Ceiling Lighting, Ceramic Tile Floor, and Bed. Closets custom designed and locally made as well as locally made cement tiles.  Photo 11 of Casa BrumasView Photos

Closets custom designed and locally made as well as locally made cement tiles.

Modern home with Ceramic Tile Floor. For this bathroom we designed the shower doors and built them on site.  Photo 12 of Casa BrumasView Photos

For this bathroom we designed the shower doors and built them on site.

Modern home with Bedroom, Ceiling Lighting, Bed, and Ceramic Tile Floor. We designed the built in bunkbed and to utilize the existing space it also incorporates  a small desk and reading nook above.  Photo 13 of Casa BrumasView Photos

We designed the built in bunkbed and to utilize the existing space it also incorporates a small desk and reading nook above.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Ceramic Tile Floor, and Ceiling Lighting. Built in bunkbed with additional trundle.  Photo 14 of Casa BrumasView Photos

Built in bunkbed with additional trundle.

Modern home with Bedroom, Ceramic Tile Floor, and Ceiling Lighting. Built in kids desk area. Our daughter drew the pattern that we decided to incorporate into the tiles for the cement tile floor.  Photo 15 of Casa BrumasView Photos

Built in kids desk area. Our daughter drew the pattern that we decided to incorporate into the tiles for the cement tile floor.

Modern home with Ceramic Tile Floor and Undermount Sink. The bathroom mirror is made from a slab of wood and the mirror cut to reflect its natural shape.  Photo 16 of Casa BrumasView Photos

The bathroom mirror is made from a slab of wood and the mirror cut to reflect its natural shape.

Modern home with Ceramic Tile Floor and Undermount Sink. The pink tiles in this bathroom were chosen to reflect the color of the sky at dusk.  Photo 17 of Casa BrumasView Photos

The pink tiles in this bathroom were chosen to reflect the color of the sky at dusk.

Modern home with Undermount Sink, Ceramic Tile Floor, and Wall Lighting. We chose to hand pour cement on site for the bathroom counters.  Photo 18 of Casa BrumasView Photos

We chose to hand pour cement on site for the bathroom counters.

Modern home with Bedroom, Night Stands, Bed, and Concrete Floor. The furniture in the master bedroom was also designed and made locally.  Photo 19 of Casa BrumasView Photos

The furniture in the master bedroom was also designed and made locally.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Concrete Floor, and Night Stands. The ceramic lights in the master were made by a local ceramic artist.  Photo 20 of Casa BrumasView Photos

The ceramic lights in the master were made by a local ceramic artist.

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Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Year
  • 2019