A classic home with modern accents

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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The history of this project dates back to 1921, when a small gardener's house was converted and completely renovated into an apartment building. Following this, in 2009, the work began on this building to turn it into a stylish family home that is full of contrasts. Responsible for the work is 28 Degrees Architektur, who have transformed this home into what it is today.

The remodelling of this dwelling was no easy task, as the historical frontage of the property and existing character needed to be respected. The owners wanted a modern glass extension at the rear of the building, which provides just one of the many contrasts we mentioned earlier. As you will soon see, there is a strong link created between old and new, with these two distinctly different styles being merged together to great effect.

Here are some key points of information at a glance:

Location: Krefeld, Germany

Floor area: 345 square meters

Gross volume: 1,800 sq.m

Construction period: 2009-2012

Streetview

From the street, the former gardener's house is present due to the traditional brick façade. The building is surrounded by a lush green garden which has been carefully manicured to match the stunning exterior. The main entrance is covered, with the front yard protected by a perimeter fence.

Rear view

A very different picture emerges when looking at the back of the renovated building. Here, the generous glass extension was realised, which complements the formerly rectangular building in such a way that it is not visible from the front. This was one of the key objectives of the architects to ensure that the streetscape was in no way disturbed. 

Sunroom

The modern sunroom resembles an orangery or conservatory, thanks to its floor-to-ceiling panels of glass. It is possible that even for a moment, you may forget that you are inside, and feel as though you're sitting directly in the garden. The design is restrained for a reason, so as to accentuate and place an emphasis on the wonderful landscape outside.

Living room

Despite it's overly modern appeal, the living room doesn't in the slightest way lack any elements of cosiness or intimacy thanks to the plush textures and roaring contemporary fireplace. Though the room feels protected, the expanse of glazing to the rear allows ample natural light to flow into the space making it feel open and breezy. 

Kitchen

In the kitchen, all signs are pointing to a space that is minimalist and functional. The modern kitchen appliances are space saving due to their integration into the walls. The central focus is on the kitchen island, which has attempted to disturb the fluidity of the space as little as possible thanks to the floating rangehood. The recessed ceiling LED lights provide the necessary amount of illumination to ensure you never miss a beat when cooking up a storm!

Dining area

The dining room is a real eye catcher in this already exceptional family house. The contrast between brick and stark white walls is really something special. We see the introduction of another material, wood, through the dining room table and chairs. A row of elegantly aligned pendants has been suspended from the ceiling and directly above the dining room table to create an inviting and intimate dining atmosphere. You can see that here, too, there is a relationship between the indoor and outdoor spaces thank to the large sliding doors which open up almost completely to the world outside.

Child's room

This family dwelling is home to two children, of which we see a view of the little girl's room in this image. Striped wallpaper sets a cheerful tone, adding a playful touch to this functional and practical space. Green accents break up the girly contrast provided by the white and pink adding a subtle touch of nature.

Bathroom

Lastly, but definitely not least, we take a look inside the bathroom which was designed using various shades of grey. The rectangular tub is the focus of the room, highlighted by its sleek white appearance. Recessed LED downlights have also been installed in the bathroom, meaning you can keep it lit when you're getting ready, or dimmed for more private and intimate moments.

To see another home which merges old and new together, check out the following ideabook: Extraordinary glass extension in London.

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