There is absolutely no doubting the fact that renovation and restoration tasks are always more challenging for architects and designers than conjuring up a home from scratch.
The restrictions placed by an existing structure make the task of a ‘makeover’ a creative challenge. Maxwan Architects were entrusted with a similar job when home owners of an eight-decade old residence in Noordwijk, Netherlands opted for a modern overhaul. Bringing together its original ‘rustic’ elements with contemporary extensions, House N is an example of a renovation that keeps the character of the home intact.
An inimitable thatched roof on top is the distinctive feature of the N House. Apart from the usual replacement of the damaged areas and the restoration of the basement, the project also includes the addition of a new kitchen space. Bedrooms and bathrooms were expanded, providing the residents of the house with more space. A new social area has been added with glass on three sides allowing for ample natural ventilation and unabated views.
The new and extended feature seems to steal the spotlight and falls in line with the trend of home owners opting for renovations clad in glass and protruding into a spacious backyard. The visual connectivity with the world outside combined with its contrasting presence makes the ‘glassy’ kitchen and family space an instant hit. A glass extension on the top level also promises unhindered views of the distant sea. A bespoke staircase with its stylish railing in white completes the list of fabulous additions to this striking Dutch residence.