Gert-Jan van der Wel

Hey! My name is Gert-Jan van der Wel. I'm 41 years old, Dutch, married and have three little kids. I co-founded Floorplanner and I'm currently transitioning from running the technology dept to the sales dept. In between family and work, I like to ride my road bike whenever I can.

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other - 15 May 2019

Two weeks ago I spent a mid week with my family in the rural state of Drenthe in the east of the country. In my view you can split the Netherlands in two parts, the City in the west and the Countryside in the east. We spent a few days in a lovely cottage in the Countryside to unwind and get away from the City.

Whenever I visit the Countryside I always wonder what it would be like to live in a rural area like Drenthe. Lots of space, fresh air, pretty views and affordable (thus bigger) houses. A funny fact is that most of the City lies below sea level while most of the Countryside lies above it.

I really like our house, but with three little kids we could use a bit more space (no room anymore for my man cave 😭). Should we build it out or sell it and buy something bigger? Or should we stay put and pay off our debt first? Or maybe leave the City and move to the Countryside to live larger for the same price? All in all, I think that we are good where we are right now, and that we’ll re-evaluate our situation again in a few years down the line.

People have been leaving the Countryside for the City for a long time, and Louise Fresco argues in this podcast (Dutch) that this creates new opportunities. There is plenty of affordable space in the Countryside for startups and other technology companies to experiment and innovate.

Maybe this is the right time to take Floorplanner’s experiment of 3D printing to the next level. Maybe we should move to the Countryside after all. We could get the space we want personally and with Floorplanner we could get into 3D printing houses!