The Belgium based design firm, JUMA Architects have transformed an original ‘70s bungalow into this contemporary Belgian villa with a serene holiday feeling.
Nothing remains of the original design. The changes start with the entrance door, which was moved to a different location, while the stairs down to the basement and up to the attic were removed and replaced by two stair hatches, freeing up considerable floor space. The garage was sacrificed as well as it had previously blocked the view on the most beautiful part of the garden! The unused attic space above the garage was opened up to the roof, creating the perfect space for the kitchen.
The colours and materials were kept light and sober, accented with occasional black detailing in the window frames, door handles and light fittings. The energy of the home exudes a sense of calm, creating an atmosphere in which the residents can fully unwind.
A window feature over 2 metres tall bathes the kitchen in pools of natural light complimented with views of greenery from the garden outside. The sculptural Vertigo light frames the bench top dramatically, bringing a sense of occasion to an otherwise utilitarian space.
The kitchen’s island bench with its plentiful working space and bar stools make the room a natural extension to the living areas – a space where family and friends can gather.
The dining room and the lounge with its cosy fireplace are also fitted with large glazed windows to allow plenty of natural light to fill the spaces and take full advantage of the view of the new pool.
An L-shaped extension with a covered terrace and the master bedroom was built around the crystal clear swimming pool. Both the bedroom and the adjoining bathroom enjoy a direct view onto the outdoor area, creating a blissful holiday feeling that emanates through the entire household.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Annick Vernimmen