In terms of house interiors, the building that inspired us the most was definitely Craig Ellwood’s Steinman House – a post and beam house located in Malibu, built in 1956. In the draft visualizations done on our home, one can see a similar post and beam structure, which is visible also inside the house. The material palette is also very much alike to the Steinman House: glass and wood, complemented in our case with dark stone.
The big windows in the living room and in the bedrooms open towards the sea. The master bedroom (with an access to a walk in closet and a bathroom) is located in the top left corner (of the above illustration), whereas the kids’ rooms are in the top right corner. The kitchen, dining area and living room all form an open space.
A small detail Minna is especially excited about is a small utility kitchen behind the kitchen. We wanted to hide the fridge and freezer there, as well as all the smaller appliances usually located on the kitchen counters, such as the toaster, kettle and microwave. Out of sight, but still close enough for our needs. From the utility kitchen one can access a storage room, where, in addition to the house’s technical equipment, will be space for all recyclable waste.
Behind children’s rooms, there is a small guest room, one of the bathrooms and Pekka’s man cave. The space facing to the direction of the sea and separated by a fireplace from the rest of the living room will be a small open office.
Similarly to the structural design, the color palette of the house will be very simplistic: white, wood and black. The floor in all rooms will be black natural stone, and the fixed furniture and interior doors will all be made of the same material. This may sound a bit boring, but we are fascinated by simplicity and clarity. And besides, let’s not forget the accents brought by different textiles when we eventually move in. But these choices are still far away, so let’s focus on building the house first.
Any questions, thoughts or reflections? Ideas are also welcome, but we are approaching the point where making changes no longer makes sense, because everything affects everything and all changes either increase costs or slow down the process (and in the worst case, do both). Anyhow, we are thrilled with the current plan, and can’t wait to see draft renderings evolving to reality!
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Is there any door from the main entrance in to the utility kitchen? Or does one have to go around the living room corner and kitchen to get in there (with all the bags and stuff when coming home from shopping). Looks nice!
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Thanks Noora. Really good comment! No, if you enter from the front door you need to go around. That is simply because we wanted to have an untouched wall at the entrance, starting from outside and continuing inside. So, chose aesthetics over pragmatism here. However, one can always enter through the storage room and directly from there to pantry, that might be a bit more direct route to the utility kitchen.
Did you think about incorporating brick to the design? Fireplace for example. Though it might be that a single element would appear to be out of place.
Which direction the window wall is facing? If it’s towards sun, you should consider specifying sunproof treatment for the glass. It should be relatively cheap.
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Thanks Joonas, good reflections. Originally we actually considered brick for the entire house, but gave the idea up as wood matched the surrounding nature much better. Then we did consider it for the fireplace, but it would have been exactly that – a standalone element, and thus slamming (hope it is the correct term) will be the most likely approach.
The window wall is actually facing away from the sun (towards the sea). On the other, the sunnier side of the house is protected by a 4 meter overhang that blocks the direct sun hitting the slate floor during the summer months and at the same time allows the sun to reach the house during the winter months.
So much hard surfaces, what about acoustics? You need something to absorb sound or it will be unbearable. The ceiling panels help a bit, if I remember right there is a micro perforated wood available to improve acoustics. And lots of curtains.
Took some time, but this is what I was writing about:
Thank you Heikki! This is a good option to consider.