There comes a time in everyone’s life when one craves to move away from the constant rush of urban life and the perpetual race with the clock. It is this desire for a simpler and more relaxed lifestyle that has inspired a retired couple in to turn to Suyama Peterson Deguchi in an attempt to downsize their contemporary home and turn it into a tranquil retreat surrounded by ample greenery. Inspiration behind this new structure was drawn from the silhouette of a picnic shelter in a forest and it was translated to the modern setting using a simple roof and wall structure.
Villa Rijpwetering is all about relaxed Dutch living at its elegant best with the lavish house opening up towards the water views outside thanks to the large glass façade. An expansive wooden deck and series of terraces connect the home with the boat docks and the dwelling seems to gently float above the water when viewed from a distance.
The residents of had a similar desire to turn their old terrace house that is just five meters wide into a smart modern home filled with lovely little nooks terraces and an inviting outdoor lounge. Dan Gayfer Design accomplished this by completely renovating the house connecting the interior with the small private outdoor living area.
Décor from Waldo’s Designs and a curated collection of artwork bring color to the home even as the gorgeous green outdoors become a part of the interior. Natural textures are coupled with a sense of sophistication with a series of glass walls and doors ushering in a flood of natural light. Spacious living zones and interactive family spaces cap off what is a sensible and brilliant transformation that draws inspiration from both local architecture and the residence’s unique past.
A new foyer and a fireplace delineate space and offer more privacy to those in the living and dining room. The expansive lake views are hidden carefully by this feature and it is only when you venture in further that you realize the true magnificence on display.