ISSUE 39  |  Belgian Masters

Before and After: A Fairytale Farmhouse Gets a New Life

November 30, 2016 2:00 AM

BY Michelle Slatalla

In the village of Heusden-Zolderin the Belgian province of Limburg, AID Architecten renovated a dilapidated farmhouse for owner (and interior designer) Dorien Cooreman of Moka Projects. The traditional steeply pitched facade of brick and clay plaster was saved, as were the original timber beams. The Aga stove, lime-painted walls, and fairytale garden are new.

The restored farmhouse and an adjacent outbuilding have been transformed into a four-bedroom guesthouse with rates starting at 130€ per night. For reservations, see Moka & Vanille. Read on for a before-and-after look at the renovation.

Photography courtesy of AID Architecten.


Above: The farmhouse is surrounded by meadows and forest, so the palette and scale of the foundation plantings are deliberately understated–green and low-growing–to play up the building’s relationship to the Belgian landscape.



Above: Rundown and unloved, the roof leaked and under-size windows and doors did not take advantage of the views.


Beautiful remodel by AID Architecten

Above: Windows and doors have been strategically placed to encourage an indoor-outdoor flow.

AID Architecten remodeled this farmhouse in Belgium

Above: The steeply pitched roof and a sunny patio create a bucolic corner sheltered from wind.

AID Architecten remodeled this farmhouse in Belgium

Above: An edible garden is sited close to the kitchen.

The setting for AID Architecten's reworked farmhouse in Belgium

Above: The garden beds are edged with mown lawn, extending the visual sweep of green.

AID Architecten's reworked farmhouse in Belgium

Above: When large barn doors are wide open, the outdoors becomes an extension of indoor living space.

AID Architecten's reworked Belgium farmhouse

Above: Oak cabinets and gray lime-painted walls in the renovated kitchen, along with original timber beams for support.

AID Architecten's reworked Belgium farmhouse

Above: As seen on Remodelista, “Cooreman has meticulously overhauled the interior, creating an understated, luxurious sanctuary–custom-designed linens, ceramics by Anja Meeusen of PTZE Porselein, and solid oak pieces from furniture maker Malvini.”

AID Architecten's remodeled farmhouse in Belgium

Above: Some of the permanent residents are a reminder of a previous life as a working farm.

For more of the interiors, see Hotels & Lodging: Moka & Vanille in Belgium on Remodelista.