Dutch farmhouse with modern extension angle viewLocated in a village in Aalten, Netherlands, this 50s farmhouse’s renovation is a contemporary blend of the traditional and the modern. Bureau Fraai updated the interiors in the main living area, and created an add-on living space that incorporates the old barn next to the house.

Surprising building materials and creative architectural elements make the new addition a standout: “While the existing barn was built from bricks and ceramic roof tiles, the extension’s façade and roof are made of black pre-weathered titanium zinc with hidden aluminum window frames, for a bold and modern look,” the architects said. To open up the home to the surrounding landscape, the extension showcases large glass windows.
Dutch farmhouse with contemporary addition front view
The wooden scissor frame truss is a nod to historical Dutch farms. Bright and spacious, the new open-plan living, dining and kitchen area connects to the garden through glass doors.

The minimal design features concrete flooring and white plaster walls creating a neutral background for the large interior wooden beams. [Photography by Wim Hanenberg]

Living space addition connected to barnClose up view of outside of barn extensionOutside view of barn extension and footpathInterior view of rocking chair and end tableInterior view from kitchen of dining roomFront view of dining roomInterior shot of dining room and kitchenKitchen with small kitchen tableHead of dining table view to outside entranceCAD drawing of outside structureBlueprints of farmhouse with additionBlueprints of farmhouse before addition


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