Your apartment seems larger than the square footage would suggest. How did you achieve this?
Kim: The centerpiece is simultaneously the living room, kitchen, dining room, guest room and office. Thanks to the open floor plan, our apartment feels spacious. At the same time, the multifunctional room can be divided up with a mobile partition.
David: The idea for this system came from an architect friend of ours, whom we asked for advice before we embarked on the conversion. We wanted to have the ability to retreat for work and hobbies, but also avoid creating overly small spaces where we would feel cramped. Sliding doors and walls are absolutely optimal for this purpose. They take up little space, make the area flexible and when opened they are neatly tucked away.
Kim: I also think it's great that the individual elements of the partition wall give us the option of separating the rooms only partially if we want to. In that sense, our living space can take on many different faces.
What else is special about your home?
Kim: Our kitchen is perfectly integrated into the living room without interfering. A flick of the wrist and the cooking area is hidden behind a front with folding sliding doors, and we can enjoy another glass of wine or play a party game with our guests without being perturbed by the pile of dirty dishes.
David: I think the bathroom is very cleverly designed. It is of course a mini-room. But thanks to the sliding doors, we are making the best use of it. With the all-glass shower, the room looks bigger and stylish too. An aspect that we value very much.
You mentioned earlier that you both regularly work from home. How are you set up in this regard?
David: Our architect friend gave us a good tip: a desk that is integrated into the closet. That’s the workstation I have in the bedroom. When I’m done with work, I make it disappear completely behind the rotating sliding doors. This also means I don't have to put my work things away every evening.
Kim: (laughs) And I don't have to look at the mess on his desk. My workplace is in the guest room. As a graphic designer who likes to lay out her work I need a little more space. David, on the other hand, is an insurance expert and he has a paperless office. That's why a small desk is enough for him.
David: But I need peace and quiet. I have a large number of video calls and I like the fact that we have the possibility to “put up two partitions” between us so we do not disturb each other.
How have you settled in?
David: We have been living together in the converted apartment for half a year now. The theory has proved absolutely right in practice: re-partitioning the space is smooth and fast. So we are flexible in our daily life, accommodating office, hobbies and visitors.
Kim: What speaks in favor of the apartment with the flexible sliding solutions is that despite the small surface area, each of us has their own retreat. That's why we've hardly ever gotten on each other's nerves—proving our friends wrong.
David: (grins) And if we should ever quarrel, there are no doors to slam. Which no doubt the neighbours will appreciate.