Familiar and inclusive

Preserving the soul of the house – a goal that should be central to building with existing structures. For the renovation of the spacious "Hazelnut House" guesthouse in the east of Luxembourg, cookbook author Theresa Baumgärtner mastered this challenge with bravura. The barrier-free bathroom solutions from Villeroy & Boch contribute to the feel-good atmosphere.
Hazelnut House

A prime example of building with existing structures: step by step, the house in Müllerthal dating from 1851 was cored, renovated and brought back to life by Theresa Baumgärtner with a feeling for detail. In order to find the optimal middle ground between nostalgia and the present for the "Hazelnut House", she researched until the perfect puzzle piece was found – from the tiles to the kitchen fittings to the bathroom fixtures. In this way, she was not only able to preserve an irreplaceable building for the picturesque cultural landscape, but also fulfil her dream of a unique bed and breakfast. "The house, with its oak beams and light natural stone walls, set the colours and thus the atmosphere to some extent," she says. The architecture and design are equally prominent in the interiors; no artwork hangs on the walls. Instead, the beautiful natural landscape sets the gentle pace in which the Hazelnut House takes its place.

Creating a pleasant atmosphere and offering a home that is open to all generations was important to Theresa Baumgärtner – and the bathroom products from Villeroy & Boch are an important part of this. The narrow edges and thin wall sections of the "Collaro" washbasins are elegant, while the TitanCeram material ensures high strength. In addition, the barrier-free bathroom solutions in the "ViCare" collection from Villeroy & Boch with ergonomically designed, DIN-compliant bathroom ceramics guarantee a high level of independence for people with limited mobility. From the necessary installation elements and wheelchair-accessible washbasins to the rimless ViClean shower toilet, Villeroy & Boch offers a wide selection for the ideal equipment of barrier-free bathrooms. Antibacterial surfaces such as CeramicPlus and AntiBac also reduce the cleaning effort. "I noticed that there are often handicapped people at events such as weddings and workshops, and I didn't want to exclude them. At the same time, the design of the bathroom equipment and a coherent aesthetic is very important to me," says Theresa Baumgärnter.

The overall picture looks unified, thanks to the purist design of the "ViCare" collection, which can be ideally combined with all other Villeroy & Boch collections and easily expanded: For the washbasins, a vanity mirror is added at the height of the wheelchair users, "as they have a different perspective when they visit the bathroom," says Theresa Baumgärtner. With a high appreciation for lovely, durable materials, her passion for nature and a talent for harmonious sensuality, the owner has created an idyll for unwinding in the Hazelnut House, where the hustle and bustle of everyday life seems a distant memory. (am)

Hazelnut House
Luxembourg‘s Secret Small Hotel
Maison 5
L-6558 Girsterklaus

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