A calm and uplifting urban retreat
Surgeon Suzanne Gisbertz has created a cosmopolitan retreat overlooking the city of Amsterdam. Filled with light and natural materials, her home in Houthaven offers sanctuary from her demanding professional life. “I needed my loft to be warm and definitely not sterile. I really wanted a cosy atmosphere.”
She wakes up early and enjoys seeing the sun rise over the city. Suzanne prepares for her day as she revels in the early morning glow. “I use much fewer lamps than I did before,” she says. “An enormous amount of natural light floods through the windows and throughout the space.”
Following a long shift, the young doctor’s loft becomes a cosy refuge. The fireplace crackles while she makes dinner on the stove. Underfloor heating radiates from the oak timber floor. The living room is designed for long chats and lounging, while sliding timber screens discreetly partition her bedroom away from the rest of the space.
“When I lie in bed in the evening, I look out over the entire city. It feels just like I’m in New York!”
Emmy van Dantzig
1. Make clear agreements about what is included in the contract price so you do not unexpectedly have to deal with additional work/costs.
2. Try to be regularly present during the construction process.
3. Not everything can be done the way you want it; building regulations and technical restrictions must be taken into account.
4. Talk to your new neighbors, you can learn a lot from each other’s successes and mistakes.