Homey Stories – Tim’s Home

Published 3 months ago 4 minutes

Tim Middelkamp is known as a great interior builder. We know him as the maker of our in-store Homey display. A few years ago Tim bought a former rental house and renovated it thoroughly. Hearing the stories about his home renovations made us curious to see his house and to hear about his plans for Homey. We visited Tim in Wijhe and took a look to see it ourselves. 

Building his dream house 

There is no doorbell, but Tim is already waiting for us in his doorway: “Welcome!” When we enter his home we immediately see: this house could be in an interior magazine. “And it should! It’s my job”, Tim laughs. At the kitchen table he tells us about his business. “I started in my grandparents’ shed. Now my business has been around for nine years already and we work on great projects.”

“From kitchen to built-in wardrobe and from stand construction to a complete interior design project for a clothing store”, Tim says. “When you buy a house of your own, you know exactly what you want it to become. I did most of the work on my own, in between other projects, so it took me three years before I could move in. I remodeled nearly the entire building, but I did keep aspects of the original style of the house. Now that I’ve lived here for three months, it’s time for the finishing touch.”

Plans for Homey

Everything in this home is well-thought-out. But something very important is missing. Where is Homey? “I haven’t had the time to install Homey yet”, Tim explains. “But almost everything is ready for it! I have a long list of ideas. The front door already has a Nuki smart lock, and I will also install a Ring video doorbell.”

“All lights in the house are Philips Hue and the blinds can also be converted so that they can be connected to Homey. A robot lawn mower takes care of the garden and a smart sprinkler system is also already in place. I think Homey will get a spot next to the tv and Sonos. I want to create a Flow that will lock the doors, turn off the lights and close the blinds when I’m going to bed.”

Hotel suite

Upstairs, Tim tells: “I wanted to have a combined bedroom and bathroom. Like a hotel suite. So that’s what I made. I did build another separate bathroom upstairs. Which worked out well, as my neighbours from across the street are currently living here. The renovation of their house takes a little longer than expected, so I offered my place to live for a while. I have plenty of room: there are two spare bedrooms and an extra bathroom.”

“Downstairs I already have a robot vacuum cleaner, but I will order another one to use upstairs. That makes it so much easier! It would be wonderful to have my Sunday morning croissants automatically baked by my smart oven. Then I can stay in bed a little longer. I think there are enough great Flows to think of for this Homey in this house. Any tips? Let me know!”

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