In the past twenty years, Jelle de Jong architects have built up considerable expertise in converting farmhouses to homes. The character of a farmhouse within the landscape is determined by its volume and silhouette. The solidness of the roof, punctuated only by a single, modest skylight, plays a major part. These are the characteristics we mainly try to respect when designing conversions, even though daylight and the view from inside are very important if we want to make these large barns suitable for a different use. People cannot live behind windows meant for cows. This conflict has led to an exciting quest to find solutions that respect both the characteristic image of the farm and its new use as a home. The more modest projects are meticulous restorations where the inhabitants live in the original farm house. On the other end of the spectrum are projects whereby the barn is given an entirely new reinterpretation as living quarters.