Residential roof terrace ‘s-Graveland, The Netherlands (2014-2015)
‘s Graveland, a village in the Dutch province of North Holland, is characterized by grand manors, elegant lanes and winding paths that take you from one estate to another – a wonderful setting for this modern, comfortable terrace designed by Erik van Gelder. The house leads onto the wellness terrace with superb views over the surrounding fields, in a sphere of privacy and quietness.
Maximum pleasure within a limited amount of space |The owners of this renovated classic-style house wanted to integrate a swim spa on the terrace. But they feared that it would be too big and heavy for the available space – until they discovered Erik van Gelder’s projects on the Internet. They fell in love with his designs and efficient use of space, without cluttering it. Although the terrace was already being built at the time, Erik was able to make some essential structural changes.
Perfectly integrated swim spa |The ‘Swimspa Aquatic 3’ is a split model with a side-mounted cover. It has a 5-person hot tub spa in one end, and a swimming area in the other. Rather than dominating the terrace with its size, the spa is subtly integrated in the overall layout. A vast aluminium planter conveniently separates the wellness from the lounge area. On the other side ‘Sticks Enlightened’ by Extremis create a gorgeous play of light and shadows, without losing the sense of freedom.
Similarly, the white posts act as a garden wall divider, enabling the owners to enjoy privacy yet retaining the splendid views of the farmlands and woods. Built-in spots lit the vast planters, bringing a warm glow that forms a wonderful contrast with the cool colour of the water. The daybed adds a touch of glamour, whereas the concrete-look table is the epitome of practicality and economy of space.
Stylishly furnished lounge area | A few stair steps in anthracite-coloured concrete tiles (Schellevis) – lit by built-in spots – lead to the lower lounge area. The Greenwood decking, made from wood flour and an eco-friendly component, combines the warmth and beauty of real wood with the advantages of plastic. Furthermore, it optically connects the two different areas on the terrace.
The outdoor furniture in powder-coated aluminium is partly filled with marbles – a very distinctive detail in an elegant design made by Erik van Gelder. The table with built-in fire pit, also produced under Erik’ own label, brings warmth and atmosphere in one. The aluminium planter with geranium is finished with stainless steel bars with an aesthetic and safety function. The vast aluminium planter contains a spectacular evergreen pine (Pinus sylvestris ‘Watereri’). The wall with a stucco-like appearance shows the natural scenery behind it – an amazing display of Mother Nature.