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FROM OLD TO NEW

A home of their own with comfortable, bright rooms and plenty of scope for their own ideas: it’s what the Ploeghs from Surhuisterveen, Netherlands always dreamed of when they eventually bought a house.

At the start of 2017, the family of five finally decided to invest in a house built in the 1970s. In the space of just a few months, they had transformed the dusty charm of the old building into a cosy, modern home.

A lot of sweat and passion has gone into the two-storey building with its generous garden, as the family designed the home all by themselves.

“During the planning phase, my wife, Esther, did a lot of research, putting together all these different ideas of how we could make the house a home,” Geraldus Ploegh recalls. The young builder-owner trawled the Internet for inspiration and came up with a number of details that now give the home a special touch. One example is the striking floral wallpaper. “I saw some- thing similar on Pinterest, and I knew straight away that was what I wanted.” Little by little, other details were added to the project. “In the end, we even designed the kitchen to suit our own needs and dreams,” the couple recall.

THE IDEA OF THE GLASS EXTENSION

The couple had always loved bright, spacious rooms – so it was only logical that they would decide to include a wintergarden in their plans. “We’d seen a lot of spaces like this in restaurants and at friends’ places,” Geraldus Ploegh recalls. “So when we decided to go for a house that had been built in 1972, it didn’t take long for us to come up with the idea of a wintergarden.” One of the factors behind the decision was that the couple wanted to make their house brighter. But they also wanted to be able to enjoy the greenery of their generous garden while indoors. “I liked the idea of being able to sit down at the table, but under the trees,” Esther Ploegh continues. “And it just seemed to make sense to incorporate the garden next to the house into our overall living concept – our own green oasis.”

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