Belgium Farmhouse Makeover

In taking on “Project B,” the restoration of a stunning farmhouse in Belgium into a modernized home, JUMA Architects hoped to entice buyers with a penchant for buying based on interior modernity and a preserved rustic exterior. According to The Coolist, designers and architects involved in the JUMA Architects project hoped to “blend the functionality and modern style of a brand new interior with the gorgeously rustic farmhouse exterior, full of vintage charm and traditional grace.” And unsurprisingly — it looks as though the team did exactly that.

By removing unnecessary fixtures like the partitions that separated the rooms, designers introduced a more modern open floor plan and a stunning array of natural light into the space. But in the kitchen, the designers from JUMA crafted a natural stone island to double as extra counter space and extra storage space without sacrificing on the home’s layout and the light. The JUMA team also added a customized staircase leading up to the second floor (with the underside of the stairs doubling as extra storage), and created sight lines into a cozy office-like space. Off of the kitchen you’ll also find one of the home’s most unique touches, an original fireplace flanked by wood logs on each side. The fireplace is unique to the original home, as is a downstairs wine cellar, and features ample brick.

In order to show off the estate’s magnificent acreage, JUMA Architects added a panel of sliding glass doors anchored by stylish black frames that all lead out to the home’s original stonework back patio and lush gardens. Introducing the inspiration for Project B on their site, JUMA Architects noted that, “For the thorough renovation of an old farm, JUMA architects set out in search of the perfect balance between old and new.”

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