17th Century Dutch Farm house
Haarle, The Netherlands

This large 300 year old farm house is
divided in three structures.
Historically all three had the use of
winter quarters for cattle. They have
low, thick, masonry  walls, and a
large post and beam roof covered
with thatch.
The original small side windows and
hatches were for venting and
cleaning stalls. Only a small portion
of the structures was historically used
as living space for the farmer. The
space under the tall roofs was
primarily used as storage for
harvested crops and cattle feed
(hay) for the winter time.

When this client came to us, two of
his children and their young families
were already occupying the two
other buildings. Our client was tired
of city life, and wanted to be closer
to his children and grand children.
At the same time, they wanted to
preserve their autonomy and
privacy. The third barn was still
vacant. We gutted this historic
structure entirely and transformed
into a comfortable, modern two
story home.
Main entrance; formerly used for live stock and carriages
Side elevation with garden.
Adventus Group
Copyright Adventus Group 2016
In order to bring sufficient natural light into the space, we decided to have the new windows
continue past the top of the very low 17th century masonry wall, and into the roof slope.
The very low arched windows were originally used to clean out the stable.