Living in an “outdoor house”: cosy and close to nature

Vast heathland, sand dunes, and thick forests: De Hoge Veluw National Park in the Netherlands is a popular destination for travellers seeking relaxation in the middle nature.

The tranquil little town of Otterlo offers a special accommodation in this unique landscape. At Droompark De Zanding, guests stay at innovative holiday homes that pay homage to the tiny house trend.


Black wooden house in the middle of nature

Outdoor experience with modern comfort

How can a small house offer deluxe comfort while making you feel as if you were living outdoors? Amsterdam-based architect Chris Collaris has found a clever answer to this question. In collaboration with the design studio Dutch Invertuals, he developed the project “Het Buitenhuis” – which translates to "outdoor house".

The project lives up to its name in every small detail. Framed by tall trees, natural stone, and plants in terracotta pots, the Buitenhuis harmonises perfectly with the picturesque landscape. Inside, guests will find everything they need to get comfortable.

Inside, guests will find everything they need to get comfortable.

The front of the house has a large glass front

Plenty of space on just a few square metres

With its rectangular shape and black facade, the Buitenhuis stands out from its green surroundings. Its dark wooden cladding is complemented by a large glass front, which blurs the lines between inside and outside.

The abundance of light creates a bright, friendly atmosphere in the living area. With an unobstructed view onto the idyllic surroundings, guests couldn't feel any closer to nature.

Through the large window front you can see the comfortably furnished living room.

The terrace can be accessed directly from the living room – so the outdoors is always just one step away. The ground floor also hosts a bathroom, one bedroom, and a fully equipped kitchen.

Upstairs, a mezzanine mini-loft offers additional space for guests to sleep or just enjoy some relaxing quality time.

kitchen of an outdoor house in the Netherlands +

Gira switches made from linoleum-plywood

Two materials in one sustainable design line: Gira Esprit switches with linoleum-plywood frames.

Earthy tones, natural materials, and floor-to-ceiling windows turn the Buitenhuis an idyllic retreat for nature lovers. Source: Ronald Smits

Holidays with esprit: nature-based design down to the last detail

Every aspect of the Buitenhuis's interior was inspired by the pristine scenery around it. Between wooden beams, floors and furniture, plenty of green plants add a breath of fresh air. The natural look is accentuated by the earthy colours of the walls and furnishings, which altogether create a cosy ambience.

Even the home accessories fit into the carefully crafted concept, from carpets on the floor to kitchen appliances.

On the walls, switches and socket outlets from the Gira Esprit linoleum-plywood design line further highlight the natural aesthetic. Their frames are made from renewable and sustainably sourced materials.

Gira Esprit switch and socket outlets in Dutch outdoor house +

Gira Esprit

15 colour variants, innovative design, sustainable materials: Gira Esprit switches meet the highest quality standards.

The Gira Esprit design line blends in harmoniously with the nature-inspired furnishings. Source: Ronald Smits

A step into the future: the outside becomes a living space

At Droompark, the Buitenhuis represents “a step into the future” and has therefore been designed for series production. Following the success of the first model, more homes of this kind will soon be built and individually furnished by the team of Dutch Invertuals.

The overarching theme will stay the same: a clear focus on closeness to nature.

But if you don't just want to live outdoors during a holiday, you can also set up your very own retreat under the open sky: all you need is the right outdoor furniture and weatherproof technology.

How do you make yourself feel really at home outdoors? We look forward to your tips in the comments section.

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