Antonia Reif updates Dutch townhouse with herringbone parquet and chevron-patterned tiles

Dutch architect Antonia Reif has renovated an early 20th-century townhouse in The Hague, laying herringbone-patterned parquet and installing a bath tub overlooking the garden (+ slideshow).

Antonia Reif renovates Dutch townhouse in the Hague

The 1910 townhouse had previously been divided into two apartments, so Reif's first task was to reconnect the four floors to form a single residence.

Antonia Reif renovates Dutch townhouse in the Hague

The young couple moving into the house had requested a more open-plan layout with better connections between dining, working and living spaces.

To achieve this, the architect opened up an atrium in the centre of the plan and installed a new oak staircase to connect the ground and first floor of the building.

Antonia Reif renovates Dutch townhouse in the Hague

Oak parquet is laid in a herringbone pattern to create a sense of continuity between the spaces, which can be sectioned off with sliding doors that recede into decorative wood surrounds.

Antonia Reif renovates Dutch townhouse in the Hague

"The new owners wanted to give the house more generosity and dreamed of a big open kitchen with dining, living and working spaces that would all have an open connection to eachother," said Reif.

Antonia Reif renovates Dutch townhouse in the Hague

A kitchen island with integrated sink and cooker is made from a type of composite stone named Silestone. It is set in the centre of the atrium, while appliances are built into a wall beneath the staircase to keep the space uncluttered.

The kitchen acts as an axis in the house, with a larder and garden on one side, and the street-facing dining room on the other.

Antonia Reif renovates Dutch townhouse in the Hague

The stairs lead up from the kitchen to a lounge, study and bathroom on the first floor and bedrooms on the levels above.

Antonia Reif renovates Dutch townhouse in the Hague

Here, a free-standing bath is positioned against a window overlooking the garden, while dark oak cabinetry surrounds a sink unit that doubles as a window seat.

Antonia Reif renovates Dutch townhouse in the Hague

The shower and area beneath the bath are covered in grey and white striped ceramic tiles, arranged in a chevron pattern that contrasts the herringbone-patterned and marble floors.

Antonia Reif renovates Dutch townhouse in the Hague

Herringbone-patterned surfaces have become popular choices for house renovations. Other recent examples include an extension to a Victorian house in Hackney that matches its timber-covered dining table to its floor and a studio block with a pale grey brick facade in New Cross with a patterned facade.

Photography is by Luuk Kramer.

Antonia Reif renovates Dutch townhouse in the Hague
Ground floor plan – click for larger image
Antonia Reif renovates Dutch townhouse in the Hague
First floor plan – click for larger image
Antonia Reif renovates Dutch townhouse in the Hague
Section one – click for larger image
Antonia Reif renovates Dutch townhouse in the Hague
Section two – click for larger image