Las Cascadas: extension and updating of traditional villa, El Madroñal, Benahavís

Extension and improvement work done to an existing property to create a bespoke, six-bedroom vacation home on one of the very best plots in El Madroñal, offering panoramic views over the Costa del Sol from Malaga to Sotogrande, towards Gibraltar and Africa.

What TM did:

We helped the client search for the perfect property over the course of more than a year. We looked both at building plots and finished properties in La Zagaleta and El Madronal, as well as in the other premium locations close to Marbella, such as Camoján. A large traditional house, security, panoramic views, and privacy were paramount to the client, as well as afternoon sun on the pool and plot. The client was also very clear about the style of architecture and internal spaces required.

As so often happens, as we were not able find exactly what the client was looking for, he decided to compromise and carry out improvement work on an existing property to suit his requirements. The client purchased a hilltop home in El Madroñal that has uninterrupted, 270º views over the coast to the east, south, and west. The property was 20 years old but in very good condition and had everything the client was looking for, except it was not large enough. The good news was the size of the plot allowed a much larger house to be built, effectively doubling the amount of square metres of living space possible.

We advised on two architectural firms to tender for the work to renovate and extend the house. After negotiations, the contract was finally awarded to Gesmacon, a large, well-established building company from Marbella, with whom we have worked for some time. The new design was a combination of styles, incorporating the existing structure to transform the property into a luxurious six-bedroom home.

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Renovation and extension of existing property, El Madroñal, Benahavís
South facing
848m², plus 848m² terraces
Status: Under construction, completion scheduled December 2016.

Stage 1: Construction of the new wing 16-01-2017

The extension planned for this traditionally designed property involves the construction of an entirely new wing to the east of the existing villa, which contains, on the lower floor, a double-height entrance hall with arched windows and a studio with access to a new terrace, and, on the upper floor, two new double bedrooms with […]

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Stage 2: Construction work continues

Work continues on the new wing, with the lower floor completed and rendered and the new terrace above the entry now in place. The level of the garden surrounding the pool has been raised. Work on the master bedroom suite, which has incredible views over the surrounding area to the Mediterranean, is now almost complete, […]

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Stage 3: Building the new entry and patio

Building work continues on the new entrance hallway and portico, with the external pillars and roof now in place. Inside, the steel work is bricked in, lighting and wiring installed, and the first render completed. The new patio area behind the house is also beginning to take shape, with what will become reflecting pools under […]

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Stage 4: Rendering and painting

Construction work on the new wing is now almost complete, giving a clear idea of how the finished villa will look. Almost all of the exterior has been rendered and repainted white, rather than the previous sand colour, and the interior is also being painted, prior to flooring being installed. The swimming pool now has […]

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Stage 5: Finishing the terraces and interiors

From the street, the property now looks almost finished, with the front door and glazing installed in the new wing. The terraces surrounding the house are now close to completion, with tiles laid and just the balustrade on the new section to be fitted. The garden has now been prepared to lay the lawn and […]

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Stage 6: Just the garden and pool terrace remain for completion

The villa in El Madroñal is now nearing completion, with just the terrace around the swimming pool and the gardens to be laid to complete the work on the exterior. The far-reaching views to the Mediterranean, especially from the chill-out and barbecue terrace overlooking the pool, are wonderful, while the new entrance and guest wing […]

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Stage 7: Las Cascadas is complete and ready to be lived in

About 12 months later, including the addition of an entirely new wing and the modernisation of the existing villa, work at Las Cascadas has now been completed. The house has been transformed from a traditional Andalusian villa into a much more contemporary vision of modern living, with cleaner lines and much more space for guests […]

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