Friday, February 20, 2015

10 FOCUS POINTS YOU CAN NOT NEGLECT WHEN BUYING A RIAD #PART 2

Becoming owner and protector of a historic property, a riad, includes for your own best, knowing as much as possible about the structural state of the building before closing the deal.
It is crucial to be aware of the condition of a property, and the tools to use to get a dream in stead of a disillusion.
My years on living here, closing deals, having seen all kinds of riads from cheap to chic while getting to understand the Moroccan market will help you to build a honest first impression and a perspective on the possibilities.
So I came up with a list on essential focus points the are ready to use when you start investigating the Moroccan Medina's to find your 1001 night magic house...
I use them myself when selecting property to get a fair picture on what it takes to realise your ultimate Medina house.
So here is part two on what to focus on BEFORE buying a riad.
Want to know more ...stay tuned or leave your mail address here or keep an eye on the blog.

3)Look at the overall shape of the walls.
We already looked at the outside walls. They are all supporting walls. Inner walls, however, do not all have to play an important role but often throughout the years, they have been subjects to minor or quite  major reconstructions. Often in a way that it is not clear what role they actually play. Try to see the configuration of the building on all levels.
What walls are built on another?
How thick are they?

Remark! It might be possible that massive walls might have been reduced in size to gain some space during the years. So investigate carefully!
If you notice cracks like this above a  beam, it for sure means that the beam is not strong enough to carry what's above. This means action to prevent the house to get unstable.

4)Be creative with the rooms.
all of you who ever visited or stayed in a riad can confirm rooms are narrow...
Less is more when it comes to furniture and the size of it.
You can get creative with colour and ornaments and decoration.
But keep your furniture in relation to the size of the room.
It will make it look more spacious!
Pay attention to the existing authentic ornaments and try to make them the centrepiece.

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Next time  more tips on looking at your dream property!
- the stairs, or the way to the top!
- authentic details.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

GETTING USED

Soms, wanneer ik weer eens een van mijn eindeloze  dwaaltochten doorheen de Medina heb, realizeer ik me hoe 'eigen' het dagelijkse leven me hier geworden is. Lokale gebruiken, het drukke leven in de souks, het 'geen afstand tot elkaar' kennen, de Oproep tot Gebed...het heeft een zeer eigen plaats ingenomen in mijn hart. Ik voel me hier 'thuis' net als in alle andere plaatsen waar ik ooit geleefd heb.
Dit filmfragment over Essaouira en Marrakech, de twee plaatsen die ik als 'thuis' bestempel, roept herinneringen op over hoe ik zelf ooit onder de indruk was jaren geleden. Een totaal andere wereld ging er voor me open, een wereld die ik ondertussen in mijn hart gesloten heb.
Geniet van Mijn Marokko! Marhaba

Sometimes wandering around in the Medina's I notice how much at ease I have grown. Local habits, souk life and sounds for the Call for Prayer have settled into me and I hardly feel a difference walking here or in any place I have lived before.
Seeing these great short film impressions on Marrakech and Essaouira, the places I call 'home', makes me once again realise how I was impressed with my first visits to Morocco. ....
Enjoy!

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Scenes from Marrakech and Essaouira from Paul Webb


Friday, February 13, 2015

THE MAGIC OF A PICTURE

The place is as unique as its site and the philosophy, and I quote: 
"Space and Time Unbound...Devoid of Keys... Televisions, Telephones and Minibar...
A Journey Into the Sublime Realm of Peace, Reflection, Self-discovery...
Tranquillity, Relaxation, Pleasure... A Dream..."
Sometime a picture clings to you and all you can do is to get the help of your fans to find out where it is, this magical place...
And with some more google search this architectural pearl unveiled itself a little bit. I am convinced, places like this are to wander around in, sit down and read a book and let time just do its work...meaning to get you even more astonished and addicted.
What I am talking about is    Riad Enija.
So just take some time to sit and enjoy the beauty of the place...and if you have some money to spend. Go and DO it, experience the real thing and let us know how it feels to live in 1001 night...
all image credits: Riad Enija









You might be wondering in what kind of shape a place like this could be when you discover it....I invite you to look here and here and look at the style elements. do you recognise the flooring? The tiling on the walls? It takes a lot of imagination but the truth is, they are still out there in the Medina, these little gems, waiting for the eye of the 'conaisseur'! I am more then willing to help you see the possibilities.

Friday, February 06, 2015

10 FOCUS POINTS YOU CAN NOT NEGLECT WHEN BUYING A RIAD #PART 1


Becoming owner and protector of a historic property, a riad, includes for your own best, knowing as much as possible about the structural state of the building before closing the deal.
It is crucial to be aware of the condition of a property, and the tools to use to get a dream in stead of a disillusion.
My years on living here, closing deals, having seen all kinds of riads from cheap to chic while getting to understand the Moroccan market will help you to build a honest first impression and a perspective on the possibilities.
So I came up with a list on essential focus points the are ready to use when you start investigating the Moroccan Medina's to find your 1001 night magic house...
I use them myself when selecting property to get a fair picture on what it takes to realise your ultimate Medina house.
Over the coming weeks I will go a little deeper into them.
Want to know more ...stay tuned or leave your mail address here or keep an eye on the blog.

1)Invest some time in the neighbourhood.
I do not want to talk about good and bad neighbourhoods because I know it just take some trendsetters to make a 'quartier' swing to being rocking popular. And you just might be one of those creative leaders. The advantage I always saw in buying in these less attractive area's were diverse. Going from more for your money to being surrounded by creative class people that were thinking outside the box.
On the contrary, you might not at all feel the need to fit into these area's and all you would like is to have an established surrounding with like minded neighbours.
Therefore:
take a visit both at daytime, evening and if possible book a hotel to get the nightlife around.
You might be charmed and even more in love with your newly discovered house or you might cross that one off the list immediately.
No one else but you knows better! So listen to your own feelings.

2)What about the outside walls.
Outside walls...
They protect you, they set the borders, and they can allow you, when in good shape, to build another level. But often these walls are built over by neighbours, they have been reduced in shape over the years or...they just might be perfect.
The best spot to investigate this is at the rooftop. You get a clear view on the surrounding walls if higher and you see the marks of your own walls underneath, that would serve as foundation for an extra level.
I know it takes an expert eye but try to get as much information as possible on these walls and ownership. It might save you a lot of trouble later on.
Another point to focus on, of course, is the shape they are in. The old authentic walls often are up to 50 or 60 cm thick and cracks might be just on the surface in the first layer of bricks. Nothing to worry then, but when you see the same crack also on the inside, there 'could' be something more going on.
Everything can be solved, but it is wise to get someone else to look at it in a case like this.

Next time I will give you some more tips on looking at your dream property!
- the structure of the house
- the size of the rooms

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