Traditional volume with contemporary materials


A comfortable, life-resistant home, that was the wish of these clients in Heesch. With a bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor and an integral garage.

The building plot had a special shape, without right angles. Moreover, the urban planning situation around it turned out to be inconsistent. In order to maintain some peace of mind, I looked for more uniformity: I copied the lines from the environment and constructed the house from two rectangles. One parallel to the buildings on the east side, the other in line with the house behind it.

The two rectangles were placed at an angle to each other. Because of this ontstond er ruimte voor de entree, bijkeuken en leeshoek – de laatste fungeert als een overbruggingsruimte tussen de woonkamer en de slaapkamer. De pui van de leeshoek is gericht op het noorden, zodat direct daglicht niet hinderlijk enters. It glass extends beyond the eaves, making the ceiling appear to float.

We placed the stairs between the dining room and kitchen, so that it forms a central element in the house. With this we shifted the tension of entering the house – from the entrance area to this large, open living space with plenty of daylight through the loft and glass walls.  

Initially, the clients wanted a single-storey bungalow. In order to better match the environment, a saddle roof was chosen; here are the guest rooms now situated. Outside, a clear contrast was created: the massive and traditional character of the ground floor against the industrial look of corrugated steel in the interior upper floor. The horizontality of the bricks on the ground floor was continued, in the corrugated iron in the garage and outside storage room.

We made a loggia in the west facade, so that the residents can enjoy the sun in early spring and late autumn (sheltered).



ADDRESSGraafsebaan 34
TYPENew construction
YEAR2010 – 2013
CLIENTPrivate person
CONTRACTORCornelissen Aannemingsbedrijf
INTERIOR BUILDERVertogen & van de Ven Interieurbouw
ELECTRICITYVan Bakel Elektro