To several designers, their house is a sacred put, one the place they can uncover respite and inspiration, a chance to experiment, and plenty of Do it yourself tasks. For Jennifer Foster, an interior architect and spatial planner at Amsterdam-primarily based Studio JAAF, and her biochemist lover Hans Kistemaker, this was precisely the case: “We like to be surrounded by factors that make us really feel at simplicity and impressed at the same time,” explains Jennifer. “For us, colours operate in location a good, uplifting, and happy temper. It stimulates creativity for us.”
But that vibe was unquestionably not present in the previous rental condominium that the two ordered in the winter season of 2017 in Amsterdam. In the two-story setting up, the floor floor experienced been applied largely for storage, even though the next ground was wherever all of the rooms of the apartment have been positioned: two bedrooms, a dwelling place, a small kitchen area, and a shower/toilet blend, which Jennifer explained as “an really soiled student toilet” that was, frankly, “disgusting.”
Inspite of this, the two could see the potential in the property (originally constructed in the 1940s), in substantial part simply because they recognized the chance of extending the house to the rear, producing far more sq. footage without having sacrificing a decently sized back garden. They had been significantly psyched by the prospect of adding a roof terrace on the second ground (they profess that they “love being outside—when it is heat enough!”), so the options for adapting the setting up to their desires appeared possible and even suitable for the couple’s two tortoises, Aphrodite and Hermes. What is much more, Hans had labored for a construction enterprise as a facet career while finishing his chemistry research, so his knowledge and practical experience arrived in helpful.
Initial on their to-do list was to reconsider the house’s format to get gain of the sq. footage on the floor floor that experienced been used as storage. They resolved to find two bedrooms and a lavatory on this lower stage, introducing an extension at the rear of the constructing to produce more than enough area. On the higher flooring, they place a generously sized kitchen and dwelling room, alongside with an region utilised as an workplace (and that gnarly aged rest room was, luckily, transformed into a closet and independent toilet).
It took 5 months to make all of the rooms habitable, Jennifer points out, whilst the couple moved in right after just 3, with the extension nonetheless to be completed. Though a lot of aspects of the project—such as the foundation and construction of the extension, substantially of the plumbing and electrical, some tiling, and the plastering of the walls—were finished by specialists, the relaxation was done by Hans and Jennifer, at instances with household and buddies.
For those people finishing touches like fixture range and set up, substance palettes, and furnishings choices, Jennifer felt that they didn’t “want a house that could be anyone’s we needed it to reflect us.” In went decor and wall paint in daring shades and styles. “The playful furniture isn’t only functional [the pieces] become form of like creatures, things with their possess story. I really like the quirkiness of the colorful things and art—it delivers the residence to lifetime,” states Jennifer. The purple Ploum couch from Ligne Roset, for illustration, is a preferred of Hans due to the fact of each its eye-catching form and its intense comfort and ease. It brings a touch of positivity, and some fun—just like the pair on their own.