This Dutch Couple Converted an Old Barn into a Pretty Cool Home

published May 3, 2023

This Dutch Couple Converted an Old Barn into a Pretty Cool Home

published May 3, 2023
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Evelyne Klerx runs two stores in the city of Tilburg, The Netherlands — one is a secondhand clothing store and the is other, a pre-owned bridal dress store. So when it came to considering a countryside farm she found for sale, which had been on the market for four years, she went out to have a look first before telling her husband, Matthijs.

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“I couldn’t tell my husband yet as I had to make sure I could live out of the city — I knew he would fall in love with the idea so I needed to make sure I could, too. Once I saw the space and the potential I had to go for it,” she explains. Thankfully, her commute into the city of Tilburg is only 15 minutes, and she and Matthijs have created a fantastic, albeit untraditional, home for themselves, their twin 20-year-old boys, two cats, and two pigs (that live outside and in their own barn).

The farm that Evelyne and Matthijs purchased four years ago came with a farm house, but the couple sold it to Matthijs’ parents in order to fund the renovation and conversion of an old 969-square-foot barn. “It’s taken us four years so far,” Evelyne writes. “We love to renovate and as my husband is a carpenter, he is very handy and can do everything himself.”

The barn and farm is still a work in progress; no bedrooms were photographed for this tour because the three bedrooms upstairs are still being worked on, but you can follow along with their continued renovations on their home’s Instagram account.






Thanks Evelyne and Matthijs!