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Remodeling the house / Exorcising the spirit of 1960's socialist architecture - The Reverie Alone Will Do
May 27th, 2010
10:01 am


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Remodeling the house / Exorcising the spirit of 1960's socialist architecture

I've posted very few pictures of the house here. Okay, some of the bedroom, yes, but beyond that, not really. This is mostly because I have been in denial of the house. I wouldn't have picked the neighborhood. I wouldn't have picked the house. None of it was really ideal. The only redeeming feature was, well, that Tess lived there. That's a pretty important feature, though, so I dealt.

However, slowly but surely, the house is becoming a place I really enjoy living in. The garden, which was a year ago literally a field of weeds with a tree in it, is now turning into a garden. We have done lots of work inside, though there is lots more still to be done. And - and!!! - last week we redid the facades. Or rather, we had them redone. Which had been in the planning for months and months and months, but it was so exciting to finally have it done, and the result are so much better than we expected. We knew it would be a big project, but I think even we underestimated the extent of the impact.

The house is so much more light and fresh and open. It's trhilling really. And on a more practical note we will be saving at least 30% on energy costs. So it's all good.

Somehow the 20 minute bike ride from the train station is a little more bearable now.


Back before (okay, kind of during, but you get the idea)

Back after

Front with the facade partially removed.

Pretty much the entire front facade is off. Intersting perspective of the bedroom...

Front with the facade off from an angle.

Front after

Kitchen after

Kitchen during, here you can see how uneven the ceiling was; at some points the difference was more than 3 cm.

View from the hall to the office. I love how it feels like you are practically in the tree.

To think that a year ago the floor was linoleum and all the doors were still builder's gray.

It is crazy is how quickly you forget how it was. I am sitting in the office right now, enjoying the sunlight and the view of the tree and am really very pleased.

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Date:May 27th, 2010 09:08 am (UTC)
wauw wauw wat een goed plan dit te doen. Ontzettend grote vooruitgang! Was het erg duur?
Het ziet er nu heerlijk licht, zacht, rustig en vrolijk uit. Mooi!!
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Date:May 27th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)


Very impressive work! I love what you've done with the house - it has a wonderfully open feel to it. I especially love the tree room. :)
Date:May 27th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
yay... night and day. impressive really :)
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Date:May 27th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
Wow - I can see how that would be massively altering - you've now got floor to ceiling windows. It must feel a bit like living in a treehouse.
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Date:May 27th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
Extremely awesome!! Wow, I woulda just moved...I am beyond impressed you could even THINK of a way to salvage that particularly horrid look. :b Can't wait to see pics as the garden progresses, too.
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Date:May 27th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Just gorgeous.
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Date:May 27th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
Wow, wow, wow! That is just so awesome! It must feel so great being there now! :D
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Date:May 27th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Aad told me about this post and I had to come see it. Wow, what a fantastic difference!
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Date:May 27th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
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Date:May 28th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
How amazing. It really did give another perspective of where you were living. Seeing everything down to bare bones, how neat.
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Date:May 28th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
I can't believe what a huge difference the new facade makes. Wow!
Date:May 28th, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
WOw! Nice.
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Date:May 28th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
Wow! That's an amazing renovation!
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Date:May 29th, 2010 10:39 am (UTC)
it looks beautiful!
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