Picture-perfect Belgian country house by architect François-Xavier Van Damme

/Picture-perfect Belgian country house by architect François-Xavier Van Damme

Picture-perfect Belgian country house by architect François-Xavier Van Damme

A couple of years ago I posted about the private home of François – Xavier Van Damme, who is absolutely one of my favourite Belgian architects. The photos of the architect’s home I posted, were shared around the internet. If you are interested to read my earlier article about our Belgian architect, please click here.

Today I am thrilled to share with you the very first pictures of the new home of François Van Damme. No pictures of his new built home were earlier published !

I am very excited and grateful to François for allowing me to publish ‘en primeur’ the pictures of his home.

The gorgeous new home of François and his family is built in the backyard of his former home (see my earlier post here), located in the Flemish countryside.

The 18th C. French style ‘gentilhommière’ is not only a family retreat, it houses the architect’s offices as well.

“It does not feel like all day working”, says the architect. “Working and living are closely intertwinted.”

As François enjoys a preference for French country style houses, his new home is again inspired by the traditional and authentic concept of the 18th C. architecture of the South West region of France, and is built with 18th C. reclaimed materials. The house contains a few central rooms, not that large, and with windows on both sides of the room. These central rooms are bordered with rather small rooms, that all have different ceiling heights and levels, and that are full of stairs.

The architect went searching for the most essential, reclaimed, architectural elements as staircases, doors, panelling, stoves, floor tiles and ceiling beams and started his design to build the house around those purchased elements.

The exterior of the house

French inspired 18th C. architecture.


On the brick façade is installed a thick layer of mortar.


The roof tiles were found in the south west region of France.


The following pictures show the back façade of the house with its French doors opening to the terrace.



Detail of the exterior with the beautiful integrated roof dormers.


The picture below shows the outbuilding that serves as a garage and a garden shed. In the background is to see the former house of the architect that is now serving as a concierge building.



The interior of the house

The house is beautifully decorated without having an overabundant look.

Perfect balanced white-bleu and grey tonal ranges, which often showed up in 18th C. interiors, are chosen for the house interior colour palette.

View from the entrance hall towards the powder room.


From the hallway, a sneak peek into a small and cozy reception area decorated with beautiful upholstered window seats and benches. In this room is located the house bar to have a welcome drink with family and friends.


The living room with its antique 18th C. French limestone chimney and trumeau, all lime painted in the identical colour of the walls.


Reclaimed beamed ceiling and antique oak floor.


In the background, a glimpse of the staircase leading towards the home offices.


The dining room with its charming 18th C. French boiserie and built-in cabinet.


White linen curtains add a subtle texture to the dining room.

Enfilade rooms. Standing in the living room, looking to the dining room, through to the kitchen.


A view from fhe dining room into the kitchen.


The kitchen has an antique French château stove, that probably once stood in the centre of the château basement. It is remarkable that these stoves were operational on both sides.


Staircase towards the home office. Notice the ceiling detail. Architectural design that matters.


I couldn’t resist to share this picture. Light is the best ornament !


I love the idea of having a seat on all the intermediate landings as the architect shows us here at the staircase landing to the first floor. Design is in the details !


François even payed full attention to the design of the staircase leading to the attic.


Staircase down to the basement.


The basement houses a wonderful polyvalent room that can only be lit by candles !

Dinner can be served for about 40 guests.


Again here an original château stove. Antique copper pots and pans hanging on the wall of the basement kitchen, actually hiding the laundry room.


To end this post a picture of the delightful countryside surroundings of this wonderful house.



To see more of the architect’s beautiful houses, please visit his website

François – Xavier Van Damme 


Contact François Van Damme at info@francoisvandamme.be



All pictures posted with permission of François-Xavier Van Damme


  1. billie henninger Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 8:21 PM - Reply

    Oh, Greet, this was a real treat. Really love the floor and ceilings, really love everything. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. ilaria Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:06 PM - Reply

    This building is wonderful!! The outdoor, the lights, the interior finishing and furniture: all have an ancient taste but charcterized with contemporary minimalism. You can find somthing similar in this palace in Venice (Italy). An old traditional Venetian palace rivisitated in its interiors with a touch of modern design: http://www.ilariacampagna.com/single-post/2016/11/14/VENETIAN-PALACES

    • Greet Lefèvre Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:41 AM - Reply

      Thank you for the link Ilaria!
      Best regards,

  3. Joni Webb Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 2:32 AM - Reply

    lord. that is gorgeous. gorgeous!!! the dining room. so there are two? like a wine cellar? that ceiling with the beams. and what did they do with the old house? its on the same property? di d i read that right? Greet – this is just too much. just gorgeous.

    • Greet Lefèvre Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:40 AM - Reply

      Thank you Joni!
      The old house serves now as a concierge building.

  4. ourfrenchoasis Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 9:57 AM - Reply

    Absolutely loved everything about this. It combines the beauty of old with the convenience of modern building methods, absolute perfection in every way, thanks so much for sharing this.

  5. Leslie Sinclair Monday, November 21, 2016 at 1:20 PM - Reply

    Beautiful! Love the home especially the paneling in the dining room!! Thanks as always for sharing! xo

  6. Miriam Peters Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 4:29 PM - Reply

    Simply Stunning post and i want that house ! x

  7. Michele Friday, November 25, 2016 at 4:59 AM - Reply

    appears to be centuries old! Amazing architecture and finishes, greet, and congrats on publishing these images first!

  8. Stefanie Ebersbacher Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 6:51 AM - Reply

    Wow! This is picture perfect place. All the pics are so amazing. Very nice place to visit with kids. Thank you for sharing such a lovely post. Me and my son will come to Italy in August and definitely go to these places and will definitely follow all your tips.
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  9. Easyhouz Monday, January 22, 2018 at 10:31 AM - Reply

    Great pictures… A traditional touch for this house, wooden door and floors are looking great… Exterior view is awesome

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