We have been around for more than half a century. And more than 55 years of entrepreneurship has of course resulted in beautiful pictures and stories. Each and every one of those memories we cherish and want to share with pride.
Lambert van Alebeek as baker's assistant
The name 't Achterhuis is a fact
Bert starts with antiques
Frank van Alebeek starts at 't Achterhuis
(Lam)Bert van Alebeek is a baker’s servant at his father’s bakery at the Kreitenmolenstraat nr 60. After baking Bert goes to deliver. Fresh bread is exchanged for old (building) materials and antiques to settle outstanding bills. Bert sells these materials to renowned antique dealers. Bert gradually resells more to private customers.
Two months after the unexpected death of his father, Bert closes the old bakery. He continues buying and selling antiques and building materials.
The stock is growing steadily and ‘t Achterhuis is moving into the large grounds of contractor Harrie Brekelmans at the Kreitenmolenstraat nr 90. Behind the new house came the first showroom. The name ‘t Achterhuis was chosen.
Frank van Alebeek, at the time already experienced as a teenager, comes to work at ‘t Achterhuis. The range of products and the number of employees is expanded considerably. The showroom is rebuilt.
't Achterhuis expands
Reopening of 't Achterhuis
Warehouse and expedition space expansion
Frank takes over 't Achterhuis from his father
Also Kreitenmolenstraat 92 is purchased, with the land of the neighbors. Large sheds with workshops are built. There will also be an extra showroom.
When the construction and renovations were finished, the reopening followed. Time for a party!
‘t Achterhuis continues to grow. Another expansion will follow. On the industrial area the “Kreitenmolen” a large warehouse with expedition space is built.
Frank van Alebeek takes over ‘t Achterhuis from his father Bert van Alebeek. Meanwhile ‘t Achterhuis sells much more than just old building materials. It now delivers everything in the field of contemporary building and living.
Expansion at Houtsestraat 119
Purchase of Kreitenmolenstraat 83b
Creation of the park
With 30.000m² the assortment is larger than ever
Another expansion. This time at Houtsestraat 119 in Udenhout, for the storage of recuperated bricks and large garden ornaments.
The Kreitenmolenstraat 83b is purchased. On this large terrain there used to be a sawmill. In time ‘t Achterhuis wants to center all its activities in the Kreitenmolenstraat.
After a year of building and rebuilding a lot has changed. The sheds were refurbished, a park was created and in the 125 year old sawmill there is now exhibition space for an exclusive collection of fireplaces. Most of the stock has already been transferred here.
‘t Achterhuis exhibits its large collection of old, but contemporary building materials, on no less than 30,000m², in the middle of the village center of Udenhout.
The assortment is now larger than ever. This year marks the company’s 50th anniversary. There are currently 15 passionate employees working with expertise.
By now we have existed for more than half a century. For over 55 years, construction companies, architects, private individuals, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, etc. can come to us for all kinds of projects. Also this year our new website was built by the professional team of Gewest13.
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