In this edition of homify 360°, we'll show you how elegant yet comfortable brick can be, using a large dream villa that was designed inside and out, using brick. Our expert, photographer Sonja Bacon from Dortmund, has captured the villa, which is a private home, in picturesque images. These form the basis for our tour of the entire property, from the garden, to the modern kitchen, and the cosy living room with a fireplace.
In this image, the evening atmosphere that bathes the brick villa in soft light was captured perfectly by the photographer. This first thing that stands out here are the structural contrasts, a main feature of the property. The massive main building is flanked by a narrow spiral staircase on the right exterior façade. A softly lit pond in front of the house offers a romantic, restful counterpoint to the more industrial building, which is further softened by subtle exterior lighting. The floor-to-ceiling windows let in lots of light from outside, and, over all, the character of the villa is extremely welcoming.
Equally inviting is the bright foyer of the brick villa. A special feature of the house is the use of brick in the interior of the building. This stylish scheme was used consistently in all rooms, as we shall see. Here the brick was combined with a simple white wall. The black front door and banister form a beautiful contrast. The lines in the house are clear and minimalistic, a feature that Sonja Bacon points out in her photography through the angles she selects.
The absolute core of the house and our favorite room is the modern kitchen, which is composed of an ultra-modern island made of stainless steel and kitchen appliances embedded in the brick wall. The floor-to-ceiling windows, which were embedded around the entire kitchen, provide natural lighting so that the room can be very bright. The open design allows the kitchen to be the centre of the home; the place where everyone gathers.
The situation that our expert has captured here with her camera is one of complete residential satisfaction. The open fire blazes, the sofas invite you to relax and the small dog is just plain cute. The open design means that nothing obstructs the uninterrupted views of the garden. In this area, emphasis was placed on unhurried luxury and stylish minimalism. The brick walls give a cosy feeling to the living room.
A real eye-catcher is the dining area in this villa. The curvature of the space and the brick walls recall a great hall in a medieval castle. Subtle floor lighting and an industrial-style hanging lamp emphasise the structural characteristics of this area. The simple long table and chairs form the focus of this elegant and cosy dining room. A golden candlestick with three burning candles reinforces the medieval effect and creates atmospheric lighting that Sonja Bacon photographs with confidence.
The devil is in the details, so they say, but in this property even the details are rather heavenly. In the stairwell, we see the same floor to ceiling windows and the omnipresent brick. However, a special addition is the design of the wooden banister, which shines with carvings and cast iron elements.
We end our tour of the inside area and head to the side of the house. From here we have a great view of the interior of the building. We can see a freestanding staircase and a seating area upstairs. The well-kept garden combines with the light grey terrace for a simple, elegant appearance, which shows us the way to the spacious garden.
The garden associated with the brick villa is so spacious that we really should speak of it as a park. The sunlight plays on a huge open green yard, while in the middle distance we see some trees and the back of the impressive property. At this idyllic place we finish our tour of a truly impressive home.