This was a project to fully renovate a relatively new farmhouse in Belgium which was built in the 1970s in an area well known for fruit farming and horse riding.
We made a significant structural change to the rear wall of the property, extending this outwards to create more space for a larger kitchen, including a 14 metre long floor to ceiling glass wall running the length of the kitchen and living areas. This significantly improved the natural light in the living room and created a frame, and interaction, with the spectacular view of the gardens.
The floor plan was redesigned to not only achieve a practical flow of movement, but also what you see and experience as you move around the property. Each zone has sufficient space to allow the house to breathe.
The main entrance lobby leads into the large dining and living areas. Natural zoning is afforded by the split-level hard wood flooring; firstly the dining area on the lower level flowing up to the living area that remains open-plan, but separated by a glass balustrade.
Achieving the right balance can create attractive contrasts for example, setting a gloss cabinet against a matt wall in the kitchen or caramel matt tones of the wooden fireplace with a textured plaster wall creates additional richness against the marble floor.
Finally to the bedroom, the last place you see when you go to sleep and the first one you see when you wake. This is the place for deep relaxation and your state of well-being. I believe everything in the bedroom has to be designed to both calm and comfort, where a luxurious and sensual harmony can be achieved through silk bed sheets or velvet linen curtains.