MEF are the initial letters of her name: Maria Elena Fauci. She is known for carrying out projects with an Italian accent, using clean lines and a modern, elegant style combined with touches from the world of Italian design. She focuses on helping expats in Holland adapt their new homes to suit their wishes and lifestyle to make them feel more at home and welcome in the new country.
Home design is like your perfect suit, the one which identifies you as a person and professional. Functional and flexible spaces reveal who you are and help you move through the day with ease, creating a happy living space both aesthetically and emotionally.
Houses in The Netherlands are not conceived according to our lifestyles. Sometimes redesigning the spaces and personalising them is a necessary move to let you feel at home even if your home is in another country… Don’t you agree?
MEF architect is specialised in the design of villas and all kinds of dwellings. She coordinates every phase of the project and accompanies you in all the steps of this beautiful and delicate journey.
Maria Elena Fauci has 25 years of real estate development. From complete villas/homes built from the ground up, to full gut renovations, to interior RE-designs.
You will always know the total project cost throughout the renovation. Any design changes you request will be optimized within your budget. No surprises.
We collaborate with you to meet your design needs while still conforming to building restrictions. We manage the process of complying to Dutch building codes, so you are not bogged down with details.
You are very welcome to visit our office in Vinkeveen or we can arrange for a supervision on site.
Both options are free of charge.
During this meeting, we will get to know each other, discuss and define the project according to your wishes and budget.
“Sometimes I wonder if my father had not been an architect, what my destiny would have been.
If I had chosen another profession or if this was my path, regardless.
It’s true: he always inspired me as a child… Then at some point, he wanted me to study law, another subject he loved very much.
But it wasn’t for me.
The drawing, to see projects grow and take shape… There is nothing more beautiful!
So, being an architect, in one way or another, was really my life path.
Now here in the Netherlands, I work mostly for expats... I am one of them too and anyone who knows me, understands how much I suffered living in a small flat that didn’t reflect me in anything.
My approach towards the new life changed when I designed and built my house, totally tailored on me… Sometimes opposing my husband on certain choices.
But in the end, he looked around with wonder and he admired me so much, because I had achieved something that was beyond his imagination.
Then he rediscovered the person I was, determined and self confident, who was surely more happy to feel at home in her new house, away from her loved Italy.”
I have recently been in touch with Maria Elena for a partial renovation of my flat and that was a great journey. I could appreciate her high level of experience since the first drawing of the project. Extremely punctual, reliable, keen to details, she is open to explore all possible solutions to deliver the utmost result. Capable to understand client’s needs, she has been the key for delivering a special and unique product.
It has been a great honor to be assisted and supported by her skills and competence in my project.
We greatly enjoyed working on the renovation of our house with Maria Elena. She immediately understood our goals and wishes, and helped us all the way from the initial project to the final touches, proposing interesting ideas and finding excellent solutions. Strongly recommended!
Thank you ♥️ thank you for your patience, thank you for always being ready to listen to us, to satisfy us, managing to give the right shape to ideas, desires, despite the distance you are holding our hands in a project so important to us. Thanks to all your details you make it possible to identify what will be. We had no doubts! We are happy to start … we are serene because together with us even if from a distance there is you ♥️ thank you.
Apart from the fact that Maria Elena is a very inspiring and sweet woman, she also has a unique eye for beauty and functionality. She has a lot of experience and knows exactly how to advise you on what suits you as a person. She immediately understood what my wishes were and I am very proud of the final result. Thanks MEF architect!
Dear Maria Elena, thank you very much for your advice and for the good work. We are really very happy with the final result!
MEF architect did an incredible job transforming my apartment in Amsterdam. The quality of the service is outstanding. Maria Elena delivered the apartment with a mix of contemporary classic style and of course, Italian design… She is so patient! She listens well and gives very good advices and recommendations. I didn’t have to worry about anything as Maria Elena works for me!
MEF architect transformed our house into a dream house… We had the opportunity to work with MEF for about a year during the total renovation of our house. But besides the fact that Maria Elena knows how to design a very stylish and modern house, she is also a marvelous woman to work with. She helped us with all aspects of the house. From cabinets design, lighting plan to the last detail. We could never have reached this high quality without her.
La nostra casa … un sogno divenuto realtà, arricchito dalla tua incredibile professionalità e competenza. Grazie a te tutto è diventato più bello… incantevole!. Mille grazie per la tua incredibile disponibilità e per aver saputo risolvere in maniera leggera e perfetta ciò che per noi era un dramma. Spero che i tuoi lavori possano avere il riconoscimento che meriti … perché credimi… lo meriti veramente . Un abbraccio grande Manena!
I met Maria Elena in a business group. I am always impressed by the unusual combinations of colors, textures, fabrics and materials that she used in her work – a unique way of expression in design and architecture, revealing her Italian background perfectly.
I have got to know Maria Elena on the occasion of several projects and realization works, appreciating very much, her dedication, punctuality and availability and, above all, her great passion for her work. All of this has increased my professionalism in managing and defining every moment of our cooperation and work together in many of her projects and different construction sites.
I highly recommend Maria Elena Fauci for her tasteful Italian designs, attention to detail, and creativity to find solutions that fit the client’s wishes.
I am really impressed by Maria Elena’s work. Especially the Mediterranean villas are wonderful pieces of architecture. I can recommend everyone in need of input regarding architectural property development to contact Maria Elena.
I think that typical of Maria Elena is the way she combines colors and materials together. This is visible either in her projects of villas or in her interiors. There is any interruption between outside and inside. Every space has its own story and, more importantly, it suits you like you would have never expected.
Maria Elena redesigned the interiors of our apartment. Modern and warm furniture, designed with a functional and practical purpose, but at the same time, a very elegant match with the existing context. Thus, she was able to interpret perfectly our wishes, throughout beautiful and unexpected solutions.
Maria Elena is a very competent designer. I ask her so many questions and she answers every time giving more than one solution, often mentioning innovative materials, the latest trends… She is able to interpret my wishes as if she read into my mind. My house is very beautiful and functional as I desired it.
I love her style, because it is always different. Now this is the second time we chose Maria Elena as our architect. Her approach is professional but we can see how much she cares about our project and the quality of each detail. We are definitely happy with her.
Interior design magazines in The Netherlands, Italy and also in Dubai featured my works.
As you can see elegance, functionality, bringing together different colours and materials are the core brands of my projects.
I don’t have a fixed style and I don’t want to have one.
Each design is a story of different elements that reveal something unique about my clients.
We will be happy to accompany you in all the phases of this delicate journey so you don’t have to be worried about procedures and the coordination of all the works.
We know how confusing it could be to direct a building site and “in another country”.
It costs a lot of concerns and efforts.
So, let us take care of it, for you.