A Classic House with a Contemporary Edge – Homify

Een klassiek huis met een eigentijds randje

In many new housing developments you regularly see houses built in a classical way. A facade with columns, a symmetrical whole and authentic-looking windows and frames. But often you see that in addition to a healthy dose of classic and often rural inspiration, a modern and contemporary edge even missing. The London Architects from Des Ewing Residential Architects have created such a design and we can go and see the very fine performance of their work. For anyone who wants to build such a house, an ideal source of inspiration.

In veel nieuwbouwwijken kom je regelmatig huizen tegen die op een klassieke manier zijn gebouwd. Een voorgevel met zuilen, een symmetrisch geheel en authentiek aandoende ramen en kozijnen. Maar vaak zie je dat naast een flinke dosis klassieke, en vaak ook landelijke inspiratie, een modern en eigentijds randje ook niet ontbreekt. De Londense experts van Des Ewing Residential Architects hebben zo’n ontwerp gemaakt en wij kunnen de zeer fraaie uitvoering van hun werk gaan bekijken. Voor iedereen die graag een dergelijk huis wil laten bouwen, een ideale inspiratiebron.


We were all about symmetry in the design of the facade of a classical-inspired home. That symmetry you see is very beautiful here. And the aforementioned columns are not lacking. In addition to a stylish whole, it also makes for a very chic look. A beautiful hanging lantern and two great trees make the reception complete. With such a beautiful front door the rest can hardly more off putting!

We hadden het net al over symmetrie in het ontwerp van de voorgevel van een klassiek geïnspireerd huis. Die symmetrie zie je hier heel erg mooi. En ook de genoemde zuilen ontbreken niet. Naast een stijlvol geheel, zorgt het ook voor een hele chique uitstraling. Een mooie hangende lantaarn en twee leuke boompjes maken de ontvangst compleet. En met zo’n mooie voordeur kan de rest ook haast niet meer tegenvallen!


This chic you can again see very well here. Furthermore, it is noticeable that this is a very spacious home. A delightful detached entirely in a rural setting. Truly a home to enjoy. But the interior also lets you see all the nice things. Let’s quickly take a look there!

Dat chique hebben we net al benoemd en dat kun je hier weer heel erg goed zien. Verder valt ook op dat dit een zeer ruime woning is. Een heerlijk vrijstaand geheel in een landelijke omgeving. Echt een huis om van te genieten. Maar het interieur laat je ook hele leuke dingen zien. Laten we snel daar eens een kijkje nemen!


In this fantastic hall you do really go back in time. It seems like you really are in an old house! And that fits very well in this house. After the classic look from the front this will continue magnificent. In particular, the staircase is such a wonderful element that you almost start watering. The other furnishings and accessories should also conserves confidence.

Deze fantastische hal doet je echt terug gaan in de tijd. Het lijkt net alsof je echt in een oud huis bent! En dat past ook heel erg goed bij deze woning. Na de klassieke uitstraling aan de voorkant wordt dit beeld schitterend voortgezet. Vooral de trap is zo’n prachtig element waar je bijna van begint te watertanden. De andere aankleding en accessoires mogen er trouwens ook gerust zijn.


The living room where the kitchen, dining and living room are housed, shows a slightly different picture than you might expect. Though: we had you prepared for a contemporary edge! And you can see here. A rustic whole dotted with some modern touches. Contemporary comfort is paramount. As for the kitchen, we are mainly a fan of the fun bar. What a lovely place to sit.

De leefruimte waarin de keuken, eetkamer en een woonkamer zijn ondergebracht, laat een iets ander beeld zien dan je misschien zou verwachten. Alhoewel: we hadden je al op een eigentijds randje voorbereid! En dat zie je hier. Een rustiek geheel met her en der wat moderne trekjes. Hedendaags comfort staat daarbij voorop. En wat de keuken betreft zijn we vooral fan van de leuke bar. Wat een heerlijke plek om lekker te kunnen zitten.


The master bedroom is a great example of an inspiring bedroom. The classic splash here and there. Especially the lovely side tables show that here is working with a lot of details. But some subtle modern elements, such as lamps and the sliding door to the outside, leave again the contemporary come forward.

De ‘master bedroom’ is een prachtig voorbeeld van een inspirerende slaapkamer. Het klassieke spat hier weer bijna van het scherm af. Vooral de mooie lijsten aan het plafond laten zien dat hier met heel veel details is gewerkt. Maar wat subtiele moderne elementen, zoals de lampen en de schuifdeur naar buiten, laten ook weer het eigentijdse naar voren komen.


Apart from the magnificent ceiling, classic in the nursery is omitted. And that is of course also because it must be above all a welcoming place. Primarily a place for the kids to be able to rest well, but also the ideal children’s play area.. You bet that the children like to use this fun room.

Afgezien van het prachtige plafond, is het klassieke in de kinderkamer achterwege gelaten. En dat mag natuurlijk ook wel, want dit moet vooral een gezellige plek zijn. In de eerste plaats een plek voor de kinderen om goed uit te kunnen rusten, maar daarnaast ook de ideale speelplek. Reken maar dat de kinderen graag gebruik maken van deze leuke kamer.


We can not escape to but to continue with terms like fantastic, cosy and inspiring. What this beautiful bathroom yet again you see in the picture? A generous portion classical inspiration contrasts nicely with a modern and sleek glass shower. But the roll top bath has to be our favourite. You could spend all day staying in this bathroom. And that goes for the whole house: a wonderful place to live.

We ontkomen er niet aan om maar door te blijven gaan met termen als fantastisch, gezellig en inspirerend. Wat deze prachtige badkamer is toch ook weer een plaatje om te zien? Een flinke portie klassieke inspiratie vormt een mooi contrast met een moderne en strakke glazen douchecabine. Maar het bad op pootjes is toch wel onze favoriet. Je zou de hele dag wel in deze badkamer willen blijven. En dat geldt voor het gehele huis: een heerlijke plek om te leven.

This article was featured on Homify. Written by Johan Van Dijk.

Article originally written in Dutch.

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Homify – More space thanks to modern cultivation

Another interesting read on Homify, featuring one of out designs.

More space thanks to modern cultivation.

To be able to move smoothly through all the rooms, to have sufficient freedom of movement and to be surrounded by a tasteful interior, characterises the dream of modern living. In order for this to work, not only has enough space to be available, but the device must also be chosen in such a way that colours, shapes and surfaces create a harmonious coexistence. A project designed by the architects at DES EWING RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTS in London shows how this can look like.

The facade


This facade is characterised by the exciting blend of different materials and shapes. While the entrance with its tapering roof is classic and surrounded by natural stones, a modern cube rises in the background. The entire facade has been designed with a lot of glass, which makes the house open and the living area and exterior space melt into each other.

The living room


This living room exudes the pure comfort. From here, a view into the green garden invites you to dream. At the same time, natural materials such as leather and wood underline the connection that has already been created visually to the garden. In the living room, a brown, cuddly soft carpet covers the floor. The room is dominated by the white leather couch, which is inviting and elegant at the same time. A delicate grey chair creates additional seating and loosens the ensemble.

The dining area


Kitchen, living and eating are openly connected. Between the living room and kitchen is the dining area, which is equipped with a large wooden table. There are stylish black chairs around it, the colour and style of which are picked up by the three hanging lights above the table. The heads of the dining table, however, are furnished with cream-coloured leather chairs, which harmonise with the colour of the kitchen as well as with the materials of the living room, thus contributing to smooth transitions.  

The kitchen


The kitchen is separated from the living and dining area with a huge kitchen island, into which a stove was let. The modern hood extractor hood not only ensures that fragrances and vapours do not get into the living room, but also ensures interesting lighting effects. In addition, the kitchen island with its many drawers offers space for numerous kitchen utensils.

The terrace


What rises like a large cube from the front goes into a spacious terrace, which is initially hidden by the entrance area. Huge terraces and windows make the connection between the living room and the terrace marginal and one who stands in the evening in front of the brightly lit rooms, has the impression of being right in the middle. On the upper floor, on the other hand, the large windows allow that a lot of natural light can penetrate during the day, but in the evening delicate curtains protect against unwanted impressions.

Written by Sabrina Werner.

Homify – Elegant single-family house!

Great article on one of projects on Homify! Although written in German, don’t let that stop you reading it! Below you can see the translated version.

Today we gave you the project of our English architecture expert Des Ewing Residential Architects which you could also imagine very well in Germany. The clients wanted a house that exudes classic elegance while still providing the comfort, design and energy efficiency of a modern home. We’ll show you the impressive result.

Exterior Terrace


The outside area and the environment should play an important role in the design. That is why the architects decided to create generous window areas to, ensure fantastic views and seamless transitions between indoors and outdoors, as well as numerous possibilities to use the outer space. In addition to two spacious terraces, there is the beautifully landscaped garden, a generous driveway and a balcony at the back of the upper floor.

The Entrance


We change our viewpoint a bit and now we see the driveway to the right of the house, which leads to the imposing entrance area. The front door is flanked by elegant columns and protected from wind and weather by a canopy. On closer inspection, we can see that the building was built on a hillside site, which falls rather steeply backwards.

Golf course


And so it looks on the back of the family house. From here the inhabitants can enjoy spectacular views into the valley thanks to the large windows. Here, in a raised position, a second terrace was laid out dedicated to the passionate hobby of the clients: An artificial golf course in small format invites you to relax in the fresh air. There is also another balcony, through which glass walls a magnificent view of the surroundings.



The interior of the house reflects 100% the exterior: here too, a harmonious, balanced blend of modern design and classic elegance was set. Here we see the open kitchen, which, with its handle-less fronts, the large island in the middle and the high-tech equipment makes a thoroughly stylised impression and lacks nothing in terms of comfort and function. Details such as the huge orchid pot, the round chandelier and the art collection of the clients lend the house a personal, stylish, luxurious touch.

Living room


Finally, let’s take a look into the living room, which is classically elegant and comfortably furnished and is flooded with natural light thanks to large windows on several sides.

– written by Sabine Neumann

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