Taking on a country house renovation is a job for creative, solution-oriented teams. This old house in Visbek, Germany, was renovated by Reichel Architects with the help of family-owned Danish company DinesenRenovating the house meant bringing it alive once more and upgrading it to suit a modern lifestyle.  

This is where rural meets modern. “The key objectives in the renovation of this distinctive country house were to preserve and revive the property, which dates to 1851,” the architects say. “Originally, the house served as a stable with a hayloft; the residential sections were added later.

“The current owners saw an opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the rural location without compromising on modern conveniences. After a thoughtful yet visionary renovation process, the old, listed ‘Hallenhaus’ has become a grandiose home with an international feel.

“The recessed extension has room for fitness and wellness. The sliding doors in the window section ensure an unobstructed view from the spectacular swimming pool to the large garden, the forest and the fields — and, not least, deer and curious pheasants.

“The architect has put a priority on creating an architectural link between the historical elements and the more modern additions. A good example of this is the great hall, where smaller private rooms have been integrated with respect for the original construction.”

This German country house renovation was imagined to result in an open and airy environment. Exposed beams hover above as you flow from the double-height living room into the rest of the spaces. Charming details of the old structure were integrated into the new, creating an inspiring design and inviting atmosphere.

“Exposed beams contribute an authentic feel and create a visible link to the past, while the transformation to a modern home is highlighted by the many triangular attic windows, which, together with the large skylight, provide a fascinating influx of light,” the architects say. “The Dinesen Douglas floor underscores the light expression — not least in the open-plan kitchen and dining room, where the planks and the louvered doors capture the Nordic light beautifully.”

Dinesen sources its raw wood mainly from Germany’s Black Forest. The architects used 28mm-thick Dinesen Douglas flooring finished in lye and white soap to create a sense of belonging to this safe, comfortable place. The company says it has “a strong sense of the value of diversity,” designing “extraordinary plank floors.”

The results of this country house renovation can be found in photos taken by Constantin Meyer. Enjoy!