Nostalgia is like a spice: masterly when used in the correct dose. With this total renovation, interior builder Frako could prove once more what they are worth, which is a lot. The goal behind Project BB was to modernise the client’s childhood home without burying the emotional value too deep. With respect for the original design, the house was given a new interpretation that fully aligns with the residents’ wishes.
For the clients behind this commission, Frako soon turned out to be the right address to trust with this important project. That is to say, no one wants the charm of the home where they grew up to go lost. Therefore, it was of great importance that their contemporary living needs could be united with the familiarity that they wanted to preserve. This resulted in an interior with warm undertones and retro accents that remind of the olden days. Considering that the kitchen is often the heart of the home, this space was an excellent starting point that received a lot of attention during the renovation process. Concretely, it would be decisive whether a soft and warm character could be developed, and of course this condition was fully met. Smoked oak veneer adorns the kitchen cabinets, and for the worktop travertine turned out to be the best option. Both materials contain special properties that contribute to a pleasant atmosphere. For example, oak has tannin: the substance that is responsible for the deep, pleasant colour. Next to the use in the kitchen, we also see this material in the two indoor doors, which means that the interior has an overarching coherency.
Uniting contemporary housing needs with the familiarity of the past
The tranquillity that was given form on the main floor, is without any hesitation continued on the upper floor. For example, the bathroom furniture showcases brushed oak, this time in a beautiful black-lacquered colour. Those who have doubts about the use of wood in the bathroom will be happy to hear that oak has exquisite density and, therefore, does not allow moisture to infiltrate as easily. The black tone is extended by the worktop of the sink since this consists of Black River granite. As the second strongest stone in the world, granite is resistant to scratches. In order to conjure an ideal contrast with this dark colour, the team opted for faucet work in brass. The contrast between these luxury details and the dark granite results in a sophisticated whole that simultaneously stands out because of the striking palette. Project BB included a total renovation that needed to prepare for the future without turning its back on nostalgia. Our partner Frako knew how to handle this commission, because by closely respecting the clients’ wishes, the experts delivered a whole that scores highly in all aspects. This modern living story honours the personal history of the residents in all the right places.
Photography by Nick Cannaerts