Archive: 2011 March

‘11 march 21 d.

Are log houses unsafe?

Timber house building didn’t become obsolete when new building technologies came along and becomes more and more popular over the recent years. On the other hand, a timber house requires more up-keep than a brick one. One of the main aspects is safety of log houses. What should you pay attention to, what are the fire safety regulations and what are the main myths about log houses? To help us answer these questions we’ve asked for expertise of JSC “Dolena” director Egidijus Norvaisa who is also the board member of Association of Wood House Builders.

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‘11 march 21 d.

Minimalism in a log house

A house like an ordinary house, only the wall facing the garden is made entirely of glass. You’re standing outside in the cold watching the fireplace flames dance around and the hot coffee pleasantly steaming on the kitchen table. It seems, you’re hearing the firewood crackling, and you can just smell the sweet mixed sent of smoke and coffee… Precisely this was the architect’s intention.

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‘11 march 21 d.

A cosy house American style

A house on top Nicolin hill is a third project ordered by Gulia Achmencina and created by architect Sergej Barabadze.

The owner bought a fully furbished house on top of Nicolin hill that was ready for living. From this moment our story starts: the owner didn’t move in, he contacted the architects and instructed them to clear and destroy everything that was in the house and create a new interior. The only exception was the tile furnace in the middle of the house: it was kept, and according to Sergej Barabadze, the interior was created considering the furnace, they’ve tried to make it “befriend” the surroundings, chose the colour schemes by it and thought through the interior themes to make the furnace “sing”.

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‘11 march 21 d.

Scandinavian type country house

This country house in the suburbs of Oslo is a typical example of Scandinavian interior which accents natural structure and colour of wood.

The house belongs to a fashion designer and her family. The interior was created by the owner herself. “When creating clothing the main attention is on the fabric structure and colour schemes – she says. – It appeared that it’s the same when creating interiors. Here I have a completed house with architectural decisions made. But the atmosphere of the house is still non-existent. Basically it’s a well constructed empty building that needed spirit.” And the designer decided to achieve this by using textures.

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‘11 march 09 d.

Hunting lodge

It seemed that the owners of this house were satisfied with everything – the location and the view, except the interior. And that’s where it all began.

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‘11 march 09 d.

Family country house

In the log villa spread over the background of a blooming garden you can feel something French and patriarchal Russian at the same time. Especially, when according to the author of this project Julia Nerterova, there is no specific style here: this villa in the suburbs of Moscow is just a house – a simple and easy-going as childhood.

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‘11 march 09 d.

Country house for a modern person

What does a country house mean to a modern person? Yes, it’s the possibility to spend time “eye to eye” with nature. It’s a certain comeback to your origins and roots. But first of all it’s a retreat. It’s a place where you can hide from the noisy city-living, from all your troubles, duties and commitments. In other words – a country house is a five minute break in an hour of city noise.

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‘11 march 09 d.

Interior from natural materials

Out of all man-made materials the most reliable ones are still those that nature gives us. Wood, natural stone and glass – these are the novelties architect Sergej Jerofejev from St. Petersburg uses in his work

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