House of moving doors in Barcelona adapts to family use

When South Africans Jason and Tessa Boshoff went searching for an affordable apartment in Barcelona, they found a rundown 70-square-meter flat in the city’s Gothic quarter and hired designers Monica Potvin and Markel Otaola to turn the small space into a home for their family of four and an office for Jason.

Wanting to take full advantage of a long, narrow space, the team turned a hallway into a narrow, “galley” kitchen. To reduce the corridor even further, they eliminated the other end by opening up the two bedrooms and using a bathroom and huge barn doors on rollers for separation.

Attempting to preserve as much as possible – like the hydraulic floor tiles and vaulted ceiling- the Boshoffs asked Potvin and Otaola (Fabrique Design + Build) to use an old balcony doors (that needed to be removed) as huge bathroom doors.

The transforming space works well as home office for Jason (he’s a music producer) and for their occasional need for privacy, but mostly the family leaves their bedroom barn doors rolled open, inviting a closer family dynamic. “When we moved into a house in London that had a dining room in the kitchen, we were straightaway together more, everything got better immediately,” explains Jason. “And this is actually just an extension of that where, we’re sort of always together.”

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  1. Adline Writes
    April 18, 2017

    I love this home! I think it's great!!! Also loved seeing Monica again 🙂

  2. huynh mao
    April 23, 2017

    Great video. I am a fan. I saw their earlier video…. Thanks

  3. Miami Santiago
    May 1, 2017


  4. Me Me
    May 5, 2017

    brilliant smart beyond words brilliant so are you Kirsten

  5. Rand
    May 7, 2017

    As someone who lives in Barcelona, I am confused why in most Barcelona videos they tend to only show the Gothic area when talking about the city. This area is in bad need of renovation, and is the last place I would advise anyone coming to Barcelona to go to. The Gothic area is basically a tourist trap, no-one goes there apart from tourists. There is SO MUCH MORE to this wonderful city, and it is a shame if tourist come here and only experience this area.

  6. burly636
    May 8, 2017

    We took 3 pick up loads to homeless thrift store last month, art supplies and fabric, some furniture. 20+ years worth, it felt so great. We have a good size house, still, so tired of stuff. It can be suffocating. I felt that the stuff owned me. Cathartic is right. Family does rent a couple rooms and we all have our own dogs, otherwise I would want to downsize. Someday.

  7. kurnia hapsari
    May 9, 2017


  8. Sharlea2
    May 12, 2017

    When he opened that bathroom door after showing the rest of the apartment, all I could think of was opening the door to the Tardis, if you know what that is. Compared to the rest of the flat,that bathroom is Huge! It goes on and on, Lol, I love it!

  9. Culture of Worship
    May 14, 2017

    Innovative Fruition of Dream's….

  10. Charlie
    June 14, 2017

    I love the way you've done the video with both people speaking alternately. it totally works AND they both have such interesting voices that keeps you watching.

  11. Lisa Kilmer
    June 15, 2017

    This is a beautiful remodel of a horrible place, using fairly tried-and-true solutions. Pocket doors, no corridor, kitchen with pass-through – all old ideas – but very well executed here. I do think that a smaller bath would have been nicer so as to have a closet to hide the clothing!

  12. TheDtfamu89
    June 18, 2017

    Those tiny little refrigerators for a family of four? My husband would just give me side-eye. lol.

  13. Commentator541
    June 20, 2017

    That kitchen is just STUPID. I get why they did it that way. You couldn't do any business meetings at that table if the kitchen was right there. I mean you could, but I'd much rather make a sliding door or a curtain to make the kitchen disappear when having meetings at the dining room, rather then make the space so much smaller and darker.

  14. Sheila6325
    July 4, 2017

    Love it!

  15. 21whichiswhich
    July 20, 2017

    I love old houses or buildings and repurposed things it brings so much character.

  16. Sonali Barve
    July 22, 2017

    Beautiful home. Loved the design and the ideas!!!!

  17. Un Subb
    September 3, 2017

    omg this guys are amazing….. and their home also… i have similar goals in living like this… dislike clutter and unused stored materialistic stuff gathering dust and being forgotten…. simple living is rich living 🙂

  18. Cath HL
    September 9, 2017

    "I don't have a real job." LOL

  19. Jane Bolton
    October 8, 2017

    Why didn't he want to knock out the wall in the kitchen?

  20. LifeUser#18472-0
    November 12, 2017

    i will never have the creativity and the money to do this stuff.

  21. Jessica Woodmus
    November 28, 2017

    I really love this video and this Apartments pretty cool I don't know where you guys find them but I love how you keep it up very entertaining just wanted to say thank you and the only thing that I could say as far as the negatives in this whole thing maybe it's cuz I'm crazy call me whatever but I would want at least a week's worth of clothes saved if I was going to downsize and a bathroom door the clothes thing it's such the issue that's just personal preference but I definitely want a bathroom door and maybe when those kids are bigger they would want one as well who knows other than that I love it all

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