A holiday feeling in your own back yard. That’s what the owners envisaged when they moved to the beautiful hills of Henegouwen. The result is a unique garden concept with a water table and pool house and an integrated bladed roof as irrefutable eye-catchers.
View of the water and the hills The owners of this house in Henegouwen really like modern. That’s quite obvious due to the materials which are atypical for the region, such as the pale and dark bricks, the large windows and the clean-cut slated roof. This modern style also extends through to the garden. The view plays a vital role both indoors and outdoors. The terrain is situated on a hilltop and provides a fantastic view of the valley below. So the residents also want to get the utmost enjoyment out of that view and the garden. Together with garden architect Filip Van Damme, the owners opted to tackle the first part of the garden in a rather austere and refined manner. This part is then followed by a low-lying zone with more natural elements for an optimum integration into the environment.
Various water elements bring about an atmosphere of peace and quiet The level differences between the house and the low-lying garden lent themselves perfectly for the elaboration of a ‘water table’, the owner's own original idea. For this purpose the water flows through the table top into the pond, an absolute eye-catcher, but at the same time very practical to keep drinks on the table cool. The water table blends seamlessly into the swimming pond situated lower down in the garden. The cherry on top is the jacuzzi, which is integrated up to the water level of the pond, which the owners can enjoy throughout the year.
Stunning pool house with bladed roof The residents sought a solution to create yet another additional outdoor area and found their answer in a pool house with integrated bladed roof. Two of Renson's Algarve Roof models were eventually used in the pool house roof. One roof floats above the jacuzzi while a second one covers the lounge terrace. The pool house itself has been finished with wooden blades and Trespa panels.
“We really wanted to have a closed section with a sauna connected to a semi-open area with glass sliding panels for a lounge terrace. Thanks to the bladed roofs we can control perfect sunlight ingression, and when it rains or the wind blows we don't need to run indoors, but simply close the roof blades and glass partition,” the owners explained.
“In the last decade I've noticed a higher demand for outbuildings to be integrated in the garden,” remarks Filip Van Damme, the garden architect. In the design of their gardens nowadays, people tend to place ‘comfortable outdoor living’ much higher on their wish list. In that respect, an integrated bladed roof like the Algarve Roof fits perfectly into the idea of being able to cook, relax and dine in sheltered outdoors, ... without being restricted under a fixed and closed roof.”
The firm Horpirol from Tielt took care of the technical elaboration of the idea and meticulously supervised that the bladed structure connected perfectly onto the roof construction.