Amsterdam House Extension is a minimalist home located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, designed by Serge Schoemaker Architects. Originally tasked with designing a modest backyard extension, the firm ultimately transformed the entire ground floor of the residence. The property, constructed in 1959, features a layout typical of the neighborhood, complete with small backyards and individual sheds located a short distance from each house. As part of the redesign, the area previously occupied by the shed was integrated into the new L-shaped extension. The architectural strategy introduced a floor-to-ceiling glass facade on three sides of the extension, effectively dissolving the barriers between the home’s interior and the garden.

This sense of openness is maximized when the two sliding doors are retracted, enhancing the flow of space. The continuity extends to the terrace, where new tiles align with the interior flooring, further smoothing the transition from inside to out. A pivotal change in the renovation was relocating the kitchen to the new extension. Positioned along the longer section of the L-shaped addition, the kitchen now features a seven-meter-long, low-profile unit that amplifies the sense of space. Above the kitchen counter, a handcrafted, waterproof lime plaster finish adds a subtle artisan touch. The introduction of a large skylight floods the kitchen and living area with natural light, with wooden slats subtly moderating the intensity of sunlight. This addition is part of a cohesive material scheme applied throughout the ground floor renovation, creating a refined aesthetic.