Home Improvements – Ask the Expert – Des Ewing

As published in Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living Magazine, May 2018…

Current trends and what clients want:

  • Many older properties have layouts which just don’t suit modern living, with a maze of smaller, separate rooms, linked by dark corridors, with small hallways and long narrow landings all commonplace. So it is no wonder that many renovators choose to remodel these internal spaces to create a freer flowing, open layout. Doing this means removing walls, which in some cases is a simple job. However, when the wall is load-bearing and plays a significant role in the structural integrity of the rest of the house, then it can be a little more complicated.
  • The main criteria clients ask for is space and a better use of it. They want a higher quality specification finish with much more integrated joinery items. Something that is often requested is a better connection with the garden and external areas, with maybe a covered space with outdoor heaters and smaller suntrap patio. External garden lighting is necessary to make the space look as good as possible in the evening and clients are spending an increasing amount of semi-mature planting which is now more readily available at a reasonable cost.
  • Nowadays people and especially children have so much paraphernalia that adequate storage is essential. American ‘mud rooms’, which are attractive storage areas accessed via the back door, are a recent import but go down very well in N. Ireland.
  • Clients are currently tending to stay away from natural stone and instead are using larger format tiles which look like stone but are cheaper and more durable.
  • The days of the safe-tones of grey house appear to be fading with colour and texture making a comeback. Traditional favourites of salvage terracotta and terrazzo are becoming more and more prevalent again.


It is important not to view a renovation project as a chance to live out your house dreams unfettered. A series of extensions and renovations that not only towers over the original but takes away all its character will look wrong in scale and not work as a house. In such a scenario it would be better to consider a new build — indeed many renovation design schemes become so grand that the homeowners conclude it might be wiser to knock it down and start again (saving 20% on the VAT).

A well thought-out schedule of works is absolutely vital to the success and smooth running of any renovation project. Without one the whole process can become chaotic, with tradespeople overlapping and many jobs that could have been carried out at the same time to save on costs being done separately. A schedule basically lists what work needs to be done to the house to get it complete, and in what order. Everything should be included, right down to the tiniest detail.

A significant number of renovation and extension projects won’t need planning permission at all. These include internal improvements that don’t affect the external look of the building and extensions of a small scale. These are classed as Permitted Development and you can guidance on what works fall under this category on your local planning authority website https://www.planningni.gov.uk – in N. Ireland. Other larger scale renovations will require planning approval in the usual way. It is essential to take into account any designations that might exist where you live, e.g. Conservation Areas, Areas of Townscape Character or Outstanding Natural Beauty as these could really impact your plans and your need for Planning Approval. If your home is listed or is a protected structure, you will require Listed Building Consent as well as Planning Permission.

One of the easiest ways to ruin your house whilst actually trying to improve it, is by getting the windows wrong — wrong materials, wrong proportions, wrong position, wrong furniture, wrong glazing. If you are renovating a house that has the original windows still in place – likely to be timber or metal – then do all you can to rescue them before you even consider replacing. Avoid replacing period windows with plastic versions — they will never look truly authentic in a period context. Draught and noise problems can be improved by fitting sashes with new seals and secondary glazing is also an option. In some extreme cases the cost of repair work does not practically make sense and you may need to consider sympathetic, matching replacements.

When opening up internal spaces, changes in floor level often have to be taken into account and are common in older properties. Bear this in mind when considering knocking two rooms into one as getting the floors level will add to costs.


A good design starts in many cases with a good survey of what you’ve got and what state it is in. There’s no point in building an elaborate extension if you are going to have to carry out disruptive work to the drains beneath the floor later on, for instance. So take stock, and get a surveyor in as part of the early design process.

Ground conditions, site access, location and proximity of services, design and size — all have a big impact on what the cost of your extension will be and for this reason, it is difficult to give an exact idea of costs. However, extensions always tend to be more expensive that people think so keep it simple and small.

All extensions require Building Control Approval. Building Regs. are there to ensure that minimum design and construction standards are achieved and cover things such as fire safety, insulation, drainage and access.

Extensions can be in keeping or in stark contrast to the original house — either can be a success as long as it is well designed and considers the original building. Pay attention to the issues around the changing roofline, and of course ensure that the materials (particularly claddings, coverings and windows) have coherence to them as a whole house, rather than treating the extension as completely separate.  Consider include plenty of glazing in the form of aluminium or timber windows or folding sliding doors. Letting more light into the space you have by means of larger windows and particularly roof lights can make spaces feel larger and happier and don’t cost much for the return.

Design-wise, it often makes more sense to build a contrasting extension that proudly shouts about its status as a new addition, yet complements and draws out the best elements of the existing building. Sometimes adding large extensions can be to the detriment of the remaining space as it can block light making the spaces less pleasant. In N. Ireland successful residential architecture is about natural light and proportion, making it elegant and beautiful. Clients often worry about how to overcome privacy issues yet still get light into their extensions. There are lots of great alternatives to traditional windows. Banks of rooflights, roof lanterns, glazed doors (both internal and external), rows of windows set just below ceiling level and above the eye level or alternative types of privacy glazing are all possible solutions.

Matching extensions are arguably much more difficult – and often expensive – to get right compared to contemporary extensions, making an extension appear as though it has always been there takes skill and attention to detail. In order for this style of extension to work, not only must the materials you use match the originals as closely as possible (using reclaimed or local materials is key), but you should also aim to copy the main design elements. These include the roof pitch and details such as the brick bond and even the mortar colour. Windows are also massively important, in terms of materials, style and size — make sure their proportions are in keeping with the rest of the house too. Matching bricks for many is the most difficult challenge but also essential to a ‘period’ extension’s success and don’t forget to match the mortar.

One of the most popular, least disruptive and cost-effective ways of adding another room to a house is to convert the existing loft. Much of the mess and disruption associated with other extensions can be contained with a loft conversion, with rubbish often going straight out through a waste shoot. The only form of major disruption comes with the fitting of the new staircase on the floor below. A straightforward loft conversion, carried out by builders or a loft conversion specialist, should only take around four to five weeks. The main area which can incur extra cost and time is the plumbing and electrics. Most loft conversions fall under Permitted Development rights however you will require Building Control Approval. Building Regulations state that if the loft is to be converted into a bedroom, playroom, study or bathroom, there must be a permanent staircase.

Using underused spaces like garages and formal dining rooms is an economical way to add useable space at little cost. If your home comes with an integral garage, you might find that the space is better served as additional living accommodation than for the storage of bikes and tools -as they are never used for cars! Integral garages are usually located near utilities and can be extended into as pantries or enlarged kitchens.  Work does not tend to need planning permission but will need Building Control Approval — there are also some fire safety issues to consider. One of the key tasks is to level the floors (garages have to be at least 100mm lower than the dwelling’s usual level) and can usually be made up by adding a damp-proof membrane if required and sufficient floor insulation. As your existing garage wall will likely have single leaf construction, you will need to apply a compound or waterproofing breather membrane to the walls, along with insulation which can be hidden behind plasterboard as part of an inner leaf.

Sourcing an Architect:

The scale of your project may be such that the services of an Architect are just not needed, but if you are extending or carrying out major remodelling work, you should not underestimate what an Architect could bring to the table. They have the experience and expertise to get the very most from your space and your budget and could well offer ideas and solutions beyond what you had considered possible. They will also have connections with local tradespeople and may have a relationship with the local planners — as well as some knowledge of what they are and aren’t willing to accept. They will also be able to submit your plans and advise you on any red tape surrounding your application. A lot of an Architects job is to not get it wrong -to help the client avoid making mistakes and wasting money.

Selecting an Architect is difficult as you don’t really know if you will work well together until you get started. Go for one that loves to do residential work and is enthusiastic about the project. Experience is important but hard work is essential. It is always beneficial to go on the recommendations of others, particularly if you are impressed with their completed projects however a useful starting place maybe to contact your local professional body for architects, so either the RSUA or RIAI to search for registered architects in your area. Here you will find all the necessary contact details and websites to help you create a shortlist of possibilities.  Prior to commencing any project, it is imperative to understand the need to perhaps also employ other consultants such as a Structural Engineer or Quantity Surveyor to work alongside the Architect to ensure the works are carried out as proficiently as possible and to budget. The number of other consultants recommended will vary depending on the scale of the project and the inclusion of any specialist items but it is something to be wary of and consider from an early stage.

Des Ewing

Cool & Contemporary Living

This ultra trendy high specification home enjoys a top location in Belfast’s popular Stranmillis area. Built in 2011, it was designed by leading local architect Des Ewing to provide stylish living for professionals and families.

Cool and modern living in Belfast.

Front Elevation

Inside is around 2,600sq ft of beautifully finished, contemporary accommodation laid out over four floors.

Ground Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan (Entrance Level)

Third Floor Plan

There are four bedrooms, master with en suite shower room and built-in wardrobes, an open plan kitchen/living/dining area, a large lounge, a snug, family bathroom, utility, ground floor cloakroom and two walk in store rooms. Oversized contemporary black framed glazing is a main feature throughout the property.

Cool and modern living in Belfast.

Rear Elevation

This modern home has also been fitted with smart technology and has a ‘whole house’ audio/video system from Elan G which can be controlled with an iPad.

Smart Home Technology

It delivers a variety of audio and video sources such as satellite, TV, CCTV, radio, digital music etc to 10 zones around the home without the need for cabling or devices. All of the rooms are fitted with ceiling speakers and the main zones are fitted with surround sound. The home control system is linked to the alarm, CCTV and garden lighting and can be further expanded if desired.

You know you have arrived somewhere special immediately as the property enjoys a private setting behind electric gates.

Impressive solid wood double entrance doors open into the hallway.

Entrance Hallway

Oak driftwood flooring and a solid balustrade formed from plaster and painted white with a stainless steel handrail is the first of many contemporary designer features.

There is a ground floor cloakroom with bespoke storage units and WC. A utility room is fitted to match the main kitchen by Springfarm Joinery with stainless steel sink and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer.

Cool and modern living in Belfast.


The bright kitchen/living/dining room opens via large sliding glass doors onto a glass balcony overlooking the beautiful back garden. White units and bespoke wall cladding by Springfarm Joinery are topped with Mistral Winter Drift worktops. All the appliances are included and there is a Miele fridge/freezer, microwave, oven and glass extractor plus a Bosch gas hob and dishwasher.

Cool and modern living in Belfast.

Dining / Living Area

More oak driftwood flooring keeps the space sleek and contemporary and there is even a space created for your flat screen TV.

Cool and modern living in Belfast.


The main lounge is a vast open space with a lovely Gazco bespoke fireplace and contemporary glass sliding doors opening onto the back garden. This great space is also finished with oak driftwood flooring.

There is also a cosy snug or study which leads into a large walk in storage room.

The bedrooms are all bright, spacious and contemporary in finish and styling. The master has more of those fabulous floor to ceiling sliding glass doors which opens onto a contemporary glass balcony.

Cool and modern living in Belfast.

Master Bedroom

It also has bespoke built in storage by Springfarm Joinery and a ready-made space for your TV. The en suite is accessed via an oversized sliding door which makes another design feature and inside is a shower, wash hand basin, large mirror with shelf, a chrome towel rail and more attractive storage built by Springfarm Joinery.

The family bathroom is a decadent space with part tiled walls and ceramic tiled floor and as well as a bath, there is a shower cubicle, chrome towel rail and another oversized mirror with projecting shelf surround.

Outside is a delight with a large, private back garden which has been extensively landscaped and sculpted by award-winning landscape designer Kevin Cooper. It offers a wonderful private oasis for outdoor entertaining and features multiple terraces, a reflecting pool, greenhouse and wood fire pizza oven.

Landscaped Gardens

This property is currently on the market, so for more information on cool & contemporary living click here.

La Dolce Vita

Colin and Barbara Barry had always wanted to self-build on a site with sea views, and when a large plot in Co. Down completely open to the sea on three sides came up for sale, they didn’t hesitate in taking this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. When you have, as Colin and Barbara did, a very clear idea of the setting and type of house you want to build, getting it all together is quite a tall order. The germ of the plan took hold when the couple were on holiday in Italy, as Colin explained:

‘We spent a holiday at Lake Garda in northern Italy and just loved the way the villas are built around the steep hillside bordering the Lake. The setting is fantastic and I knew exactly where, back home, we could get the same feeling, so when the site was put up for sale in 2006 we moved quickly to secure it.’

From the facades and layout of the house it is evident that the influence of Italy was more than a sense of place, the style is, as Colin described it ‘Irish Palladian’.

‘I love the symmetry of the ancient buildings in Rome and especially those of Andrea Palladio, but also, in the modern era, the fabulous Art Deco period villas on Long Island, New York state, and Miami.’

The result is a house with an international feel yet quite distinctively Irish.

Although new to self-building, the couple had plenty of experience of building as they had completely restored the house they were living in, a Listed building, and prior to that, renovated a modern house. In his day job, Colin has a background in large residential and commercial building. With this knowledge and interest, was it not tempting to do the designing himself? Colin was emphatic in his response:

‘Designing and building a house are two very different things and I had no hesitation in using an architect. It was his job to make all our ideas work in practical terms as well as distilling our thoughts on style into a form that we were happy with and that would work. The architect we knew because he’d already built a house for my brother in the area and the builder had worked for our family before on other projects. We were very fortunate in having these connections already established because it was quite a complicated build, and good communication and understanding were essential.’

Given the unusual design, its size and location, it would not have been a surprise to hear that gaining planning permission was a long, tortuous process, but not so. The site had originally been passed for the erection of two separate dwellings so the change to one large family home represented considerable planning gain, and permission was granted following some minor adjustments to the design.

The house is of masonry construction using 9”/230mm concrete blocks laid flat for sound attenuation and to create thermal mass. With three teenage children, the couple were particularly aware of the importance of both of these!

‘We wanted them to be able to bring their friends to the house but without us feeling as if we were living in a hotel!’ explained Colin. ‘The children chose what they wanted in their bedrooms which are large enough to have several people staying over, as well as which, on the top floor we have a multi-purpose room with a cinema screen; it’s also a place to play loud music without everyone else hearing it. The concrete beams and insulation between the floors means we can still enjoy peace and quiet downstairs.’

The family were allowed a ‘wish list’ of what they wanted, which is at first glance surprising for what they left out.

‘We have plenty of space for a swimming pool and tennis court’ Colin continued, ‘but nobody was enthusiastic. The tennis court we’d had at our previous house and I admit it was rarely used, the swimming pool might have been voted for if they’d been younger. Nowadays kids prefer to have their friends round or to go out.’

Predictably though, they all requested showers with body jets and in their rooms, a TV screen and internet access.

The question of using renewable energies was considered in the same way as the fabric and interiors, from a very aesthetic as well as practical point of view.

‘We looked at having both solar panels and a geothermal heat pump, but the panels would have been an eyesore on the roof and the cost of digging down for the heat pumps was huge. What we have been able to do, apart from fully fill the wall cavity with insulation, is to use an air source heat pump for hot water in summer. Otherwise it is a mains gas boiler and, apart from an open fire in the hallway – which we’ve yet to use – there are gas fires in the living areas and it also powers the AGA cooker. Although it cost an extra £800/€1,020, we put in a management system for the AGA and that has proved very effective in controlling the timing and temperature.’

The warm roof construction ensures maximum use of the space inside and out with the projecting balconies a magical place to sit and watch the sun go down across the Lough and the hills beyond. As darkness falls, the blinds lower and curtains close; both are part of a system that’s clever enough to adjust to the time of sunset throughout the year, automatically. Even if the weather is poor, huge windows, (these and the Bangor Blue roofing slates were among the more significant parts of the build), provide almost the same experience. The curved glass in the projecting bays softens the seaward façade and contrasts with the geometric gables and tall rectangular chimneys. These curves are echoed inside with the wide sweeping staircase leading to a semi-circular balcony, giving access to the upper rooms.

Whilst her husband was keeping a watchful eye on site, Barbara was busy at her computer sourcing the fixtures and fittings for the interior, one of which is a stunning chandelier. Many a stately home owner must envy the motorised lowering for easy cleaning!

A Grand Design this home may be, but the use of marble flooring throughout and soft tones with splashes of colour create an interior whose stylish simplicity highlights the inventiveness of the design. Few changes were made in the course of the build, but one very visible as you walk through the front door, is the use of curved walls which just ask to be followed, to find out what lies behind and beyond.

In the classic 1960’s film La Dolce Vita, the main character (a journalist), searches in vain for ‘the sweet life’ in Rome. If the film were to be re-created, then Colin and Barbara’s wonderful house and location would provide the perfect set, only this time the story has a happy ending.

House size: c15,000sqft/372sqM
Site size: 2 acres
EPC: 83
Airtightness: 2.73

Builder: MG Construction, 3 Ballytrustan Road, Downpatrick, Co. Down BT30 7AQ Tel. 028 4484 1368 www.mgconstruction.com
Windows: Dask Timber Products Ltd., Meenan Mill, Dublin Road, Loughbrickland, Banbridge, Co. Down BT32 3PB Tel. 028 3831 8696
Stone cladding & porch: McMonagle Stone, Turrishill, Mountcharles, Co. Donegal Tel. 074 973 5061
Sanitary ware, AGA: Haldane Fisher Ltd., Shepherd’s Way, Carnbane Industrial Estate, Newry, Co. Down BT35 6QQ Tel. 028 3026 3201 www.haldane-fisher.com
Kitchen: Robinson Interiors, 10 Boucher Way, Belfast BT12 6RE Tel. 028 9068 3838 www.robinsoninteriors.com
Granite worktop & marble tile flooring: A Robinson & Sons, 14 Main Street, Annalong, Newry, Co. Down BT34 4TR Tel. 028 4376 8213 www.arobinson.co.uk
Slates: Lagan Building Solutions Ltd., 11b Sheepwalk Road, Lisburn, Co. Antrim BT28 3RD www.lbsproducts.com
Plaster moulding: Nicholl Plaster Mouldings, 81 Knockbracken Road, Belfast BT6 9SP Tel. 028 9044 8410
Audio Visual & Sonos sound system, alarm, home cinema: iHome, 43 Ballynafern Road, Banbridge, Co. Down BT32 5BW Tel. 028 4065 1331 www.i-home.co.uk
Bedroom carpets: Martin Phillips, 9a Portaferry Road, Newtownards, Co. Down BT23 8NN Tel. 028 9181 8227 www.martinphillipscarpets.co.uk
Structural Engineer: Structures 2000 Ltd., 9 Grange Park, Magherafelt, Co L’derry BT45 5RT Tel. 028 7963 3876 www.s2kltd.com
Quantity Surveyor: Naylor & Devlin, 95 Malone Avenue, Belfast BT9 6EQ Tel. 028 9066 9118 www.naylor-devlin.com
Mechanical & Electrical: Dynamic Design, 20A Newry Street, Banbridge Co. Down BT32 2HA Tel. 028 4062-3377 www.dynamicdesign.org
Insulation: Kingspan Insulation, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan Tel. 042 979 5000 www.kingspaninsulation.ie
Landscaping: Park-Hood, Hawarden House, 163 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 3HZ Tel. 028 9029 8020, www.parkhood.com
Instantaneous hot water tap: Quooker www.quooker.co.uk
Photography: Paul Lindsay at Christopher Hill, 17 Clarence Street, Belfast, BT2 8DY, Tel: 028 9024 5038 www.scenicireland.com

New Surrey Home gets an Amazing Traditional Look – Homify Article

Location, location, location – that saying certainly rings true when it comes to property, and today’s little discovery once again proves that.

The project? The creation of a traditional Arts and Crafts-style home for clients who, after living in modern houses for several years, decided to build much more character into their new home. Thus, enter the professionals over at Des Ewing Residential Architects and task them to create something traditional, yet at the same time take advantage of some more modern and simple lines.

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As we can see, it’s all systems go for the conjuring of this stunning new family home. And even though it’s not complete yet, it doesn’t take a clairvoyant to see the traditional look of the house-to-be.

As many natural materials were used as possible, including cobbles, handmade roof tiles, lime render, and timber flooring.

That view


Shifting our perspective ever so slightly allows us a fantastic look at that even more fantastic view. How strikingly do the greens and blues of Mother Nature complement the neutral and earthy tones of the traditional house?

The vision: Front façade


We might not be psychic, but we have extremely professional contacts, and they’ve provided us with a futuristic vision of what the finished house will look like – thus, feast your eyes on this 3D rendering!

Don’t you think it looks like a house straight out of a fairytale? As we can see (and heard from the designers in charge), this house majors more on taste and style than glamour. As you walk around it, each corner will provide you with an interesting and surprising perspective.

The vision: Rear façade


The rear of the house is equally enticing, providing both a royal and lush look thanks to the expertly-made house and the dream-like garden surrounding it.

Let’s have a look at some more images, shall we?



This discovery reminds us of another little gem we recently encountered: England’s smallest castle.

This article was featured on HOMIFY. Written by JOHANNES VAN GRAAN

The Modern House – Homify Article

How many of us dream of living by the sea? The direction of the wind conveyed seagulls, the sound of waves breaking on the shore, the golden sunsets over the sea … Just for lovers of such views that today we will bring you to the discovery of a coastal home, hidden in a fairytale landscape and It is the paradise for those who love the lifestyle nautical, in direct contact with the sea. This house has very spacious interiors and bright, which allow light and the blue sea to the wonderful setting, peering through the large windows. Are you curious? Then do not miss this gallery of fabulous pictures!

The project was designed by the architects Des Ewing Residential Architects.


The first thing that catches the eye when we look at the outside facade is the predominance of cubic and rectangular shapes that characterize the structure, but also balconies, glass balustrades, windows and roof overhangs.


Of course, also thedifferent materials used for the facade play an important role: the brick, glass, metal and wood contribute to the redefinition of the building aesthetics, as well as the use of neutral colors such as various shades of gray and white. However, we must not overlook the added factor provided by the presence of the  garden , perfectly maintained, surrounding the house.


As soon as dusk falls, the house deserves all our attention because of its exterior lighting system, carefully designed by our  experts , before whom also accompany the chandeliers, which launched from inside bright flashes outside, through large doors and windows.

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Of course, even the interiors are not insignificant. We are convinced that you were stunned by the sight of this open space, which includes a dining area, living room and kitchen, all it characterized by very light colors, wooden floors and  furniture in Scandinavian style: the perfect choice for a view of the marina!

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What would you say to a perpetually marked by colors seen as the blue sea and green vegetation? We believe it is the dream of every waking up and have breakfast, then lunch and do all the daily activities with the eyes forward similar colors … What do you think?

This article was featured on HOMIFY. Written by CLAUDIA ADAMO.

Article originally written in Italian.


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.

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.