This house with adjacent office space is very special to JUMA, since it is the design of their own home.
The fact that the plot is located away from the street appeals to them because of the lush surrounding greenery that creates an entirely private area. The long driveway leads to a cozy, welcoming inner court, bordered by three connected volumes. These consist of a double garage with wood siding, the architects' office with separate access and finally the private home of the owners. The 3 volumes vary in height and together create a very readable design.
The floor plan of the home is elongated, as JUMA has a soft spot for long-drawn-out and low forms. Even the children's bedrooms are located on the ground floor. Only the master bedroom with dressing room and bathroom is situated on the first floor, like a separate suite.
The orientation of the house is not ideal but JUMA saw this as a challenge rather than a disadvantage. The glazed portico between the kitchen and living space creates an in-between garden or patio of sorts. In this way, the inhabitants get to enjoy more varied views of the garden that are not solely limited to the backyard.
Q/A with the architects
What lead you to select the stone you have for both the kitchen bench and the flooring?
First of all, we just love this type of stone. A few things were important: The floor needed to be the same as the countertop The countertop needed to be resistant enough to be able to cook We like the fact that you can use the stone filled (countertop and floor) and not-filled. This gives a different dynamic.
How would you describe your kitchen in three words?
Warm Functional Beautiful
How does your kitchen reflect a Belgian aesthetic?
I think we use a lot of natural stone in Belgium architecture and interior design
How do you use your kitchen?
Daily use but there is a hidden door that goes to the second “dirty” kitchen. So if you need to do some dirty work or you want to hide dishes, you can always use the second kitchen
What is one thing you can't live without in your kitchen?
Our V-zug oven
What is your favourite cookbook?
Het ultieme sportkookboek van Stephanie Sheirlynck