Thursday, February 10, 2011

La Cochera

This is a beautifully renovated colonial home located on Calle 68 in Santiago.  The restoration was completed over a year ago by Keith Heitke and David Sterling of World Studio International. La Cochera was designed and built for a friend of theirs from New York and is now for sale.  Soaring ceilings are found throughout, including a glass greenhouse-type ceiling over the kitchen and guest bath. The garage and guest bedroom retain the original large limestone block floors.  Both bedrooms look out onto an open terrace with fountain - a nice spot for morning coffee.  The spacious sala (living room) opens to a covered terrace overlooking an impressive infinity swimming pool flanked  by tropical plants. There is a nice size bodega/laundry room just off the terrace. I've linked the You-Tube video of La Cochera. Much better than trying to describe. Notice the front door when Keith enters the home- massive!


  1. I love the way the garage and front doors of La Cochera look in photos. The bathroom is pretty impressive, too. Do they live up to the pics in person?

  2. This is a great design. The master bathroom is very nice. There is a lot of polished cement in this home and after staying in Casa 64, we found that we would prefer more pasta tile and SOME polished cement. It is inexpensive and has a great contemporary urban look, but can be a tad too industrial feeling in excess. We were surprised that the original pasta tiles in this home were quite damaged, with rather large gouges in places. Our agent stated that the owner wanted them left as is. We would have had them removed, saved the good ones, and created a pasta tile 'rug' with cement surround. But that would have added significantly to the cost. All in all though, this is a great renovation. To see more of their design work, go to World Studio International (on my favorite links) and check out 'Projects.'

  3. Thanks for the addtional commentary. On the WS website, the one listed, "Private Home on Calle 72" is my my favorite. I'm a sucker for those built-in bookshelves, and the bathroom suits by taste perfectly. In fact, there are a couple of pics from that house that were already in my dream home file.