A 19th century farmhouse has been renovated into a cozy family house for a family of four, with a charming bed and breakfast attached to the main residence. Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects renovated the existing structure, which once functioned as a fort, in West Flanders, Belgium, by repurposing some of the spaces and building timber-clad extensions. The result? Pure delight for design aficionados.
The architects gutted two brick buildings, a former watch house and a jail, to create wooden extensions that stretch the gabled line of existing structures and adding large metal-framed openings to the facades. An underground passageway connects these volumes. The extension houses a new swimming pool and a large, open-plan living room on the ground floor, with four bedroom suites located on the upper floor.
The newly formed U-shaped plan, framed by the original structure and the timber-clad extension, cradles a private courtyard visible from the reading room, offices and living spaces. Cast concrete and timber dominate the renovation project, combining a modern aesthetics with rustic charm. We’d certainly stay there if we could.
Photos by Tim Van de Velde