Inside Scoop: Savvy Space-Saving Design in a Netherlands Home


It’s days like the one that I am about to re-live that I consider myself very fortunate in my work. To be able to peek into a stunningly renovated home and hang out with the most wonderful bunch of strangers while snapping the pretty space they call home is a lot of fun! On this particular occasion I found myself in Utrecht, marveling at some seriously smart, jaw-dropping interior architecture in the company of it’s sunny inhabitants, Karianne Peeters, Erikjan de Wit and their super cute kiddos, Jan-Jan and Jikke. On assignment for Houzz, I spent a lovely Saturday getting to know this family and learning all about their renovation of this once-commercial space. Here are some of my favourite snaps from the tour.







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Polished concrete floors, beautiful oak doors and  a custom kitchen, high ceilings, and light for days makes this place one of my favourite home tours to date. But aesthetics aside, I loves seeing how Karianne and Erikjan created a practical home for themselves and their two little ones with a small amount of space and a very specific layout. The house has essentially two bedrooms. The master bedroom above the kitchen incorporates a home office and leads out onto a roof terrace. The kids share a bedroom above the living room. In what used to be a built-in wardrobe, the couples youngest child, Jikke, enjoys a perfectly cosy space for her bed and a set of drawers. Knowing that space would soon become an issue, Karianne and Erikjan put their house on the market to look for something bigger for their growing family, but in the meantime, they have been incredibly creative with the space available to them. It’s always interesting to read the reactions my European Houzz tours get from the mostly American readership. I think it’s difficult to imagine a family of four sharing a space this size, as it is in Australia and South Africa where I’m from. Being one of the smallest countries on earth with a huge population, large houses with gardens come at a 9very high) premium, so finding savvy space saving solutions is key. It’s so interesting how this couple managed to create so much extra space simply by knocking out a wall which once split the kitchen in half, giving them all that space upstairs for the office and storage cupboard. I also love all the raw materials used throughout, including concrete, oak, plywood, steel and aluminum. And that touch of blue in the kicthen is perfection!

If you want to read their story, which includes their renovation steps and budget, click here.

Absolutely loved seeing this space, and I am looking forward to seeing what Karianne and Erikjan do with their next house! Stay tuned for part two…one day.

So tell me, what do you love about this space?

Have a wonderful weekend!


4 Responses to “Inside Scoop: Savvy Space-Saving Design in a Netherlands Home”

  1. Hello, it is fantastic house, I love absolutely all but especially the kitchen which is perfect, of course with dining table with the chairs. I love big space….. this family has really lovely house, Congratulations 🙂

    Have a nice day!

  2. Rowdy Fairy says:

    Wow, so spacious and homely! 🙂

    Rowdy Fairy

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