I’m in love with old derelict buildings that are given a new life. This farmhouse in The Netherlands wasn’t in very good shape when Denny and Vivian bought it, but they fell in love with the location and the unlimited view of the fields behind the farmhouse. Architect Joep van Os decided to add gigantic steel and glass walls so that the owners can fully take in the view that they love so much. The farmhouse has a lovely combination of old and new. They managed to keep the wooden beams and the exposed brick walls that the owners loved very much. The white base and the steel frames add some modern touches to an old building. I love how the architect managed to bring this farmhouse into the 21st-century without losing its historic charm.
A former milk factory in The Hague has been transformed into a unique family home. The home belongs to Mary Hessing, editor of Dutch magazine Eigen Huis & Interieur, and her husband Toon Lauwen, curator, journalist and design books editor. The couple bought the former milk factory 12 years ago and together – without the use of an architect – they created a family home over three levels. The large open plan living space can be reached through the converted garage. The black and white tiles can be seen through the entire ground floor including the kitchen where it is combined with sea green Moroccan tiles. The living space has an industrial vibe with the concrete floor and steel frames. To soften this they used pink and green in the decorations. Upstairs, under the exposed beams, there is a large open plan space that serves as the bedroom and playroom of 2 of the children. This converted milk factory In The Netherlands certainly is one of the most unique homes I’ve ever seen.
This villa in Madrid was completely dilapidated when Isabel Otero and Ramiro Mora of Ramisa Projects & Fun decided to renovate it and bring this house to its former glory. It took the couple two years to renovate this 120-year-old home only keeping the original stairs and railing. The couple wanted to give the house the character it used to have so many items were created especially to look like they are 120 years old (f.e. the moldings on the ceiling for which they had to make a handmade mold). The mixture of modern items with vintage is done wonderfully in this home and the white base gives this Madrid home a light and spacious feeling. This home has a charming and timeless atmosphere and it is lovely to see that old ruined buildings can be restored so wonderfully, giving them new life for many years to come.
The country home of Italian couple Ludovica and Roberto Palomba of the Milan-based architecture firm Palomba Serafini Associati is everyhting you hope for in an Italian country home. It’s hard to imagine this light home any different but the property experienced a big transformation since it was originally built in the 17th-century as an oil mill. The couple wanted to keep the space as original as possible so no new walls were added giving this home large open spaces and the floors are made of local stones. The only problem was the lack of natural light, which they created by putting in skylights. As you perhaps know I’m a big fan of renovating old buildings and this country home in Italy shows that even a dark old oil mill can be transformed into a beautiful light & minimalistic home with many architectural details (just look at those amazing arches all through this home). This 17th-century Italian country home is a dream come true.
This factory from 1900 in the Dutch town of Gilze was a true ruin. You couldn’t stand up straight, the soil was contaminated and the building was considered unsafe. But Wesly and Astrid knew immediately that they wanted to buy the former factory and how they wanted to renovate it. During the renovations they found the beams that they kept in view and removed all the inner walls so you can see trough the entire home, no matter where you are. They put in wonderful black steeled-framed windows (just as in this Paris Loft) to give the space and industrial feeling. I think they did an amazing job with this former factory!