Location: Marrakech, Morocco
An adventure searching for the perfect derelict Riad, through the constuction itself, to the end result (insha'Allah!)

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Beds and baths

Construction work at Riad Romm'an progresses rapidly with no let up.  In our absence Grant Rawlings of Chic Marrakech has been busy, as have the workers on site.  With the builders still on site and the electrics and plumbing going in, decisions have been made quickly regarding the kitchen and bathroom layouts...

Shef our foreman, on the roof terrace
In Morocco it would appear that builders will build anything you like, if you ask nicely enough.  So instead of a conventional fitted kitchen, how about just building the units, with a built-in sink, worktop and shelving...all in concrete?  Drawings and pictures of examples were exchanged over the internet and skype in order that the builders could understand what we had in our crazy minds.

Above: a kitchen in a shop on Bab Doukkala where we pinched the idea from.

Another concrete built kitchen provides inspiration
Built-in shelf inspiration
If this works for the kitchen, why not the bathrooms?  Moroccan bathroom design provides plenty of quirky imaginative ideas.  Again concrete or brick built and finished in tadelakt (a polished waterproof plaster traditional to hammans).  Instead of fitting a conventional bath and/or shower, let's get the builders to build them, plus they will make them any colour you like!

A sleek modern look in tadelakt

Rock & Roll opulence at Riad El Fenn
However, there is clearly some way to go before the baths look anything like Riad El Fenn above.  In the smallest bathroom (below), the builders make a mould, then let the concrete set.  No plumber required (yet!)

Making the mould for a concrete bath
A concrete bath!
Continuing with the 'build rather than buy' theme, lets not have conventional beds, just build them in, along with bedside shelves!?

Bedroom inspiration
Next week...the window's arrive!


  1. Liking the concrete idea...very nice update.

  2. Kitchen countertops made of granite tiles are an extremely good solution for anyone who wants to have a sophisticated and elegant atmosphere in their kitchen while still having privacy and warmth.