A major renovation
The Haarlem house was built in 1914. Not only a very old, but also a real classic house. The ceilings contain many beautiful details and the living room still has the original fireplace.
When they saw the photos, Lidian and her friend Loek fell in love instantly. They saw a lot of potential in the woodwork and the old fireplace. Those two have been preserved, but the rest of the house had to be shoveled. Part of the renovation was done in collaboration with a contractor, but after that they did a lot themselves.
The living room is the space where the least had to be done, because the function remained the same. The fireplace was unfortunately no longer in use, but Lidian has given it her own interpretation with candles.
The whole space is now fresh and white again, but that was different during the viewing. The whole house was yellow with nicotine and the ceilings were almost brown. During cleaning it dripped down like coffee, but in the end it turned out to be a nice end result.
Every room a new function
Lidian and Loek decided to change almost the entire layout of the house during the renovation. The bedroom was exchanged for a kitchen, the bathroom became a baby room in the making and the old kitchen now serves as a bedroom with en-suite bathroom.
In the current kitchen, the entire facade was demolished and replaced by glass. It has now become a light and organic space. The house is quite blocky, with many angles and symmetrical shapes. To counteract this a bit, organic shapes were chosen in the kitchen, such as a table with curves and a cloud lamp above it.
After the bedroom disappeared, another space had to be sacrificed, that became the kitchen. They wanted to create a hotel vibe for the bedroom, so they opted for an en-suite bathroom. An additional advantage of this space was that the connections for the water were still there from the kitchen and no major adjustments were needed for the bathroom.
A new wall also had to be installed, but the beautiful details on the ceiling could not be lost. To solve this problem, not a whole, but a three-quarter wall was placed.
Big transformation for a small resident
The baby room in the making has gone through the biggest transformation in the entire house. This used to be the bathroom, including a separate laundry room and door to the garden. All tiles were removed, the wall between the bathroom and laundry room was demolished and the door to the outside was closed.
Everything was then plastered again and a new floor and window were installed. The foundation for a beautiful children’s room has now been laid, but nothing is certain yet about the color and decoration. Fortunately, the baby will have to wait a little longer.