SMALL SCANDINAVIA-INSPIRED FAMILY HOUSE

April 22, 2014
Posted in Apartments

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Metric area: 90 m²
Number of rooms: 3
Ceiling height: 2.75 m
Number of floors: 1

Eugene and Natasha were engaged in the interior design industry and never dreamed that living in the suburbs was to be their destiny. But when their relatives built a summer house not far from Moscow, they would use each opportunity to get away from the city for at least a couple of days. The young couple got inspired with a desire to live in the open country, in the open air and be partially self-sufficient with the help of a victory garden and a well. But in a short time they had to move in their relatives’ summer house due to cardinal changes – Natasha’s pregnancy, financial crisis and Eugene’s downsizing. Then the guys took lodgers in their Moscow apartment and left for the suburban house — there was no way back and living with parents was also undesirable. As the first baby arrived, Eugene found a job in a neighboring town, sold his Moscow apartment and bought a parcel of land in the suburbs, by the wood.

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The house had to be built in a short time and on the rims. Almost all the construction technologies were forgone immediately: sawn timber settles down too long, solid glued wood blocks are bad in terms of heat-retaining, gas concrete is non-congenial and too pricey, and brick is expensive as well. Thus, the choice was set upon a frame house. Bringing the original Finnish frame is economically advisable only when the house is big enough: then the high taxes and customs dues are paid off. That’s why the company dealing with imports of these frames suggested building a house using the same technology and local materials. Eventually, the frame arrived in a truck in the shape of ready panels, which could be assembled as a Lego set. Finishing materials are the same as in Scandinavia: Ruukki roof, Rockwool insulation, Tikkurila paint, UPM wood boards, Matti-Ovi doors. All-weather paint was inspired by an image of a Norwegian house – such a tint is extremely popular among Scandinavians, as well as copper red and ochroid.

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The entire furniture and details of décor were purchased in IKEA. The main reason why the house is furnished with exclusively laconic and budget-priced items is the kids.

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The house includes just three rooms: a bedroom, a study re-designed as a kid’s room, and a kitchenette. People often ask the guys why the house is so small. And the spouses cite a car as an example: a good one is not necessarily big – it’s sooner humane, harmonious, economy and workable.

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