Living in the Stelling van Amsterdam (Defense Line of Amsterdam) and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After years of decay, the engineering shed of Fort aan de Drecht was completely renovated in 2021/2021 and furnished as a modern home. This 32-meter-long wooden shed with a view of the sturdy fort is a pearl in the landscape.
The engineer shed used to be a workspace and storage for the men of the fort. There was also a boat with guns that could sail towards the enemy over the water.
The adjacent plot, Grevelingen 42, concerns the previously redeveloped (newly built) fort watchman's house.
The fort itself was already restored in 2000 after years of vacancy. Today, the fort houses various businesses, including a wine shop and a restaurant.
Because of its cultural-historical value and the characteristic architectural style, Fort aan de Drecht, of which De Genieloods is part, is protected as a provincial monument. In addition, as part of the Defense Line of Amsterdam, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
From the inside
The provincial monument was built in 1888. After a careful restoration, it still exudes the atmosphere of earlier times. For example, the original pavers can be found on the ground floor. But now there is underfloor heating underneath. The living room has a large glass facade which provides generous incoming light. The wooden facades with beautiful original shutters and the wrought iron gutter brackets are striking details that have been carefully preserved.
From the north side you can enter the building through high, wide doors and you are directly in the office with a staircase to the first floor. From this office, the hall gives further access to a spacious bedroom, a bathroom, storage room, a space for installations and the toilet. A second hall gives access to the utility room with a door to the garden. At the end of the hall you enter the spectacular high room with the open kitchen and living room. The staircase in the living room also gives access to the first floor.
On the first floor you will find, next to the landing with two voids, three spacious bedrooms and a generously sized bathroom. Here too many original details.
The original engineering shed has been completely renovated in a modern way. The floor, facade and roof are insulated, durable Isovlas has been applied in the outer shell and Isobooster T3 (48 mm) on the roof.
The ground floor consists of a new concrete floor, insulation, underfloor heating and a clinker floor over it. The underfloor heating is divided into groups that can be adjusted separately. Several thermostats have been installed for this purpose. The entire ground floor is connected here. Underfloor heating has also been installed in the bathroom on the first floor.
There are 18 solar panels on the roof that should provide sufficient energy with normal consumption to compensate for this use.
From the outside
The engineering shed is located on the edge of the built-up area in a rural (protected) nature area between the Amstel river and the canal of the Fort aan de Drecht.
It is located in an area with many amenities, a shopping center at 5 minutes walking distance and the tranquility of nature and the location on the water. The city center of Amstelveen is 15 minutes away and Amsterdam is 20 minutes away. In Uithoorn, work is being done on the fast tram connection with Amsterdam / Station-Zuid.
The garden of the engineering shed is oriented towards the beautiful moat and the natural fortress island of Fort aan de Drecht. The garden has an open and rough character and it should remain that way. That is the atmosphere of the fort. At the rear you are wonderfully sheltered in a natural environment.
There is ample space for on-site parking in front of the door, but many free parking spaces can also be used further down the street.
The engineer shed has a single purpose of living but offers many possibilities to combine living and working at home. A B&B could also be operated.
The place Uithoorn is located directly on the river Amstel. In the center is a harbor, which can accommodate large and small pleasure yachts. Shops, restaurants and schools are sufficiently available and are within walking / cycling distance. Uithoorn is easily accessible. It borders Amstelveen, with a city center of international allure and the international school, it is approximately 15 minutes from Amsterdam and 30 minutes from Utrecht.
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