A spacious home with a huge garden and idyllic surroundings: that’s exactly how we would describe this gem in the Dutch region of Noord-Brabant. But before the lucky heir could move into his parents’ property, he had to overcome a lot of obstacles: originally constructed in the 1930s, the building needed an extensive makeover.
The new owners leaned on B-covered for professional support during their modernisation project. Located in Eindhoven, the architectural office is known for its innovative interior concepts. Their team took on the challenge of turning a nearly century-old house into a contemporary home. This transformation already becomes visible at the grand entrance, from where a staircase leads up to the first floor. Black-and-white floor tiles, grey-green walls, and dark doors add a touch of edgy elegance – without diminishing the building’s classical character. The combination of traditional and new, at times surprising elements creates a dynamic atmosphere. Apart from the aesthetic appeal, the designers of B-covered also aimed for practical upgrades: they set up a second entrance at the backside which allows residents to step directly into the picturesque garden.
The transition from indoors to outdoors is a visual highlight in itself: the small existing windows were replaced by floor-to-ceiling glass facades that fill the room with plenty of light. B-covered also put a lot of effort into rethinking the floor plan. The previously separated kitchen and living room were joined into an open communal space. Here, all family members can gather to cook, eat, and enjoy some quality time together.
There’s one piece that the proud owners are especially fond of: a huge shelf unit with two steel doors, accentuated by a floral wallpaper and a cleverly positioned spotlight. Warm wood, natural stone, and earthy colours underscore the cosy ambience throughout the entire house. On the mostly bright walls, Gira E2 switches and socket outlets with anthracite frames create an intriguing play of contrasts.
At the front door, residents can use the Gira video home station Plus to see who‘s ringing their bell or talk to visitors before letting them in.
To round off their interior concept, the owners took inspiration from designer Trudy Heerkens. She brought in a variety of accessories – including candles, cushions, plaids, vases, and artistic flower arrangements – that gave every room a personal, homely note
Hidden inside a side wing on the upper floor, the master bedroom is nothing short of stunning: large bay windows greet the residents with an unobstructed view onto the garden from the very moment they wake up in the morning. Apart from freshly painted furniture and renewed flooring, the bedroom offers several other perks – including a walk-in closet and a sauna.
The mansion has two bathrooms which were both completely remodelled. To that end, the owners opted for customised furnishings from the Dutch company Van Heugten. With night-blue hexagon tiles, alongside coppery fittings and basins, the interior feels as exclusive as a wellness spa. Another creative highlight: the black bathtub that was revarnished with a special type of car paint.
The second bathroom is just what you would expect at a five-star resort: high-gloss tiles in fishbone pattern on the walls, sparkling white furniture pieces, and seamless ceramic tiles on the floor. In the shower cabin, you’ll find a charming hint at the house’s long history: residents can choose between different settings using a control unit that looks like a vintage radio. Thus, the owners have found yet another way to showcase their characteristic fusion of old and new.
Random switching operations for lights and blinds create the impression that someone is at home. And if you integrate the room temperature controller into the control unit, you can easily set your individual room temperature.
Gira System 3000 room temperature controller
Heating control with maximum simplicity and comfort. Gira System 3000 allows you to fully automate the adjustment of room temperatures. With preset time schedules, you can warm up your home whenever needed and ensure that heating will automatically stop if no longer necessary. This not only enhances quality of life, but also saves a lot of energy in the long run.
Gira DCS mobile app
Control your intercom via smartphone: with the Gira DCS (short for door communication system) mobile app, you can talk to your visitors and even open the door remotely. How that works? Gira DCS mobile ensures a secure line of communication based on a personal code or biometric identification of facial features or fingerprints. The app is available for iOS and Android.
Gira System 106
The modular Gira System 106 enables you to configure door intercom systems according to your requirements. As the counterpart to Gira indoor stations, it covers all essential functions including doorbell, camera, name plate, and house number at the entrance. Robust materials and modern technology ensure a high level of convenience and safety. Another benefit: Gira System 106 is compatible with all Gira home stations and door communication solutions.