The design brief that Pieter van der Aa had compiled together with architect Frans van der Horst was simple and to the point: create a home for himself, his wife and three daughters that would combine all the features of a modern house but would radiate the atmosphere of a 19th century mansion. That from day one would not feel like something newly built but have the warmth and “lived in” feeling of a much older residence.
To achieve this goal Pieter used, wherever possible, recycled building materials from demolished older buildings and also incorporated antique objects in many newly built sections of the house as well as in appliances.
Old beams of American Pitch Pine from the 19th century were carefully selected for colour and grain and only from the best planks were sawn that were used for the varnished floors in this beautiful home. All the floor beams are also made of used wood. Exquisitely engraved old glass panels were put into new doors, old marble fireplaces were given a new lease of life with new Oregon Pine wooden framing and even the striking tiles in the kitchen are carefully selected second hand ones.
The gently flowing combination of white painted walls and ceiling that are accentuated by varnished floors, stairway and trimmings takes you by the hand and makes you want to continue on your journey through this extraordinary house where every detail is impeccable and the feeling of perfection is accentuated by the choice of antique and new furniture and decorations.
The attention to detail borders on the excessive, but of course never is. From the bevelled edges of the ceiling beams to the carefully thought-out kitchen. The result is an astonishing house that never overawes but always impresses.