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A Little House in the Country

We have found ourselves a little house in the country. For like ever Bo and I have been dreaming about living in the country, in a field surrounded by lots of green and the dream of no neighbours. But Bo and I like large Victorian houses with high ceilings and massive windows and ornate ceiling and lots of fra-la-la. You will not find such houses in a field in our neck of the woods. Most homes in a field in Belgium and The Netherlands are farms or tiny cottages. So we have settled for a tiny cottage in a field, in Belgium on a 5 minute foot walk from Dutch borders. With this kitchen window view:

It’s all about this now and not about the house. After 19 years and 5 renovations we have settled for a view and for a tiny cottage. A tiny cottage that is in a bit of a state. But it’s so tiny that it will be transformed in no-time.

It needs a new kitchen, a new bathroom and the heating and electricity needs to be updated. To us that’s not a big deal, we have done far worse. When all that’s done we are off to find a tiny home in Sweden. Hopefully we’ll start the house hunt in February or March 2017.

We have to move out our current home on the 21st so we are quite busy fixing up the cottage and packing up house. So far so good.

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  • Makien
    07/10/2016 at 14:52

    Die roze tegels <3

    • yvestown
      07/10/2016 at 16:21

      Mooi he?

  • All things nice...
    07/10/2016 at 14:54

    Oh sounds lovely and looks like you are already doing a good job there! I love life in the country, we built our new home on the farm in rural Ireland. I look out my kitchen window at the fields beyond and generally I have some of our cows or calves looking back in at me.. I love the Autumn time in the country, the beautiful colours of the trees and the Autumn sunshine… My favourite place is along the lake shore where there is no houses or buildings in sight just the natural environment all around me… Looking forward to seeing more photos and I’d love to see more of Belgium and Sweden as I have never had the chance to visit.

    All things nice…

    • yvestown
      07/10/2016 at 16:20

      Thank you!! I’m dying to leave the noisy city behind and have some more peace and quiet. I also like to see the seasons change and the stars at night.

  • Natasja
    07/10/2016 at 15:23

    I’m sure you’ll turn the tiny cottage into something lovely. Great view!
    I was wondering: will you purposely search for a tiny home in Sweden. I mean do you want to downgrade from a large home to a smaller home? I’m very interested in the whole minimalism movement and daydream about having a smaller house near the sea someday ^_^ Good luck with the renovation and house-hunt in Sweden!

    • yvestown
      07/10/2016 at 16:19

      Thanks Natasja, Yes two tiny homes in two different countries instead of one big house. And eventually just one smaller house but we can’t decide yet.

      • Natasja
        07/10/2016 at 19:35

        That’s a great idea! At first I thought the tiny home in Belgium would be temporary, until you find a place in Sweden. But with 2 tiny homes you can hop between cities ( and maybe eventually pick just one, or rent out one).

        • yvestown
          08/10/2016 at 08:26

          Yes exactly that’s the idea.

  • Lena
    07/10/2016 at 15:30

    that sounds very nice 🙂 I have a question on the floor. What is your experience with a white floor? Do you see a lot on it [dirt, stains etc] ? We are thinking about what type of floor we should buy for our new home [wood, laminat, color]

    Thank you and good luck

    • yvestown
      07/10/2016 at 16:15

      Thanks Lena. White floors are good for people who like to clean. If you don’t like to clean or don’t like to take your shoes off, I wouldn’t go for white floors as they get really dirty. But if your fine with all the cleaning I can recommend painted wood or laminate. Laminate is easier to maintain as it doesn’t scratch or stain. You will need to repaint a wood floor every 2-5 years but it look so much more natural. We had to go for laminate for the cottage otherwise we’ll have to go for new doors and we don’t want to do that.

      Good luck with your new home, it’s lots of fun isn’t it?

  • Fre
    07/10/2016 at 15:30

    Looka nice and comfy. I love the pink bathroom by the way

    • yvestown
      07/10/2016 at 16:10

      Haha, I love it too. So cute and the perfect shade of pink. But the bathtub is another story!

  • Aynur
    07/10/2016 at 17:59

    Wat een superleuk stulpje. Geniet er samen van! Heb je al een idee wat de kleuren van de wanden zullen worden? Ook nog een tip voor je favoriete wit-tint? Ik ga dit jaar ook verhuizen (zo spannend ook) Succes en hoop dat je ons op de hoogte zult houden van de ontwikkelingen in je huisje!

  • Agnes
    07/10/2016 at 22:30

    Wat een heerlijke plek! Ik kan me goed indenken dat je de keuken en badkamer nog wilt aanpakken maar ik vind je ‘livingroom’ een heerlijke lichte ruimte met heel veel potentie. En die openslaande deuren naar buiten zijn geweldig! Het lijkt me juist fijn om een stapje terug te doen, het allemaal wat simpeler te houden en te genieten van de natuur en de rust om je heen. ‘s Ochtends de vogels horen fluiten en de wisseling van de seizoenen van dichtbij meemaken. Het lijkt me geweldig. Ik wens je heel veel geluk in je nieuwe huis en straks bij je geplande huizenjacht in Zweden. Ondertussen volg ik hier graag je avonturen. Bedankt. X

  • Meredithe
    08/10/2016 at 00:59

    How exciting! I’m so looking forward to seeing the transformation under your deft hands.

  • eva maria
    10/10/2016 at 12:51

    You will make this your own in no time. And oooooooh, it came with a pink bathroom?!

  • Readkapke
    15/10/2016 at 14:48

    Jaa wauw die roze tegels, als je ze zoekt zijn ze niet te vinden. Weet ik uit ervaring ;-). Wat veel leuks weer voor de boeg, levenslust, fijn! Zet hem op!