Antigua Attics

Antigua Attic by Rudy Girón

As I mentioned before in the Casa Antigüeña series, building codes in La Antigua Guatemala prohibit new construction of two-story houses (wink, wink). They say nothing of really high ceilings in single story homes. Then, it’s only a matter of time before an attic is made and no sooner it becomes a second floor loft that can be used for a guest room or studio.

So this room can be called an attic (ático), loft (desván or tapanco) or simply the second floor.

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  • I’m impressed with the third and fourth stories some buildings have managed to add. I’m no expert on construction law but I believe houses built at different times are subject to different rules, which would explain why behind our house they’re currently constructing their third storey, in front they are mainly two-three whereas we can only have one.

    Sadly, this means some houses that obey the rules will start to lose their views of the volcanoes, surely one of the reasons people move to Antigua in the first place.

  • Stephanie

    What an amazing space!!!! I would love to have that kind of character in my home. The wood is sumptuous.