For the street side, brown bricks were selected to match the roof tiles, presenting a monochrome look relieved only by the red door frame. Because of the couple’s low budget, the interior is plain and unadorned, with concrete floors and white walls, but a bright red glass hallway linking the street to the garden adds a warm, dramatic touch.
"The garden is big and the family puts their bikes there, so they needed an access corridor," explains Verschueren. "Building a wall seemed a pity. Red glass is a wall that’s not a wall, and it also adds atmosphere."
Amsterdam-based contributing editor Jane Szita took the train to Ghent–three hours away, but a very different Franco-Flemish culture. While touring Van Everbroeck's house, she took time to revisit Jan van Eyck's 15th-century painted church altarpiece. "Flemish painters' works have a depth of color artists had never achieved before," says Szita. "Ghent was the perfect place for an assignment; one could argue that the city was the birthplace of the modern color palette."