Enjoying life in the south-facing long garden amongst ancient pine trees was a ‘dream come true’ for this family. However, a major renovation was needed. Where to start …?
Design a new interior for this house so that we can live comfortably and enjoy the garden.
For over forty years, nothing was done to this 1930s property sitting in the popular dune region around Haarlem. Imagine brown glazed tiles, old-fashioned net curtains, bare bones of a kitchen and way overdue maintenance. An opportunity to restore its prestige.
At its core – even with the organic approach of the dated 1970s interior – the house had a simple geometric solidity. And that’s what I wanted to bring to the fore again.
The house was extended outwards at the back by 4 metres and a conservatory, in the house’s original 1930s style, was added.
This created space for a live-in family kitchen with French doors opening onto a large terrace. The dark hallway and front room were opened onto the garden. This was done by installing transparent double doors in the line of sight so that the 40 metre long garden can be taken in in one glance.
The bathrooms upstairs were enlarged and added to while the attic was annexed to the children’s rooms. This immediately gave these rooms more play space.
RENOVATION OF STAIRWAY AND DOORS
The stairway and interior doors are important style setters in an old house. These were carefully restored, instead of buying new ones, to recreate the original style. The original banisters were re-fitted for the stairs.