Reconstructed country house / design studio Veris

Reconstructed country house / design studio Veris

© Yana Churbakova

© Yana Churbakova© Yana Churbakova© Yana Churbakova© Sergei Pilipovich+ 33

© Yana Churbakova
© Yana Churbakova

“At one point, my husband Aleksander and I realized that we both needed a quiet place to relax, where we could escape the hustle and bustle of the city and the daily grind. However, it is important for our son to grow up in the open air, as close as possible to nature ”. – designer Veronica Bagrintseva on her country house.

© Yana Churbakova
© Yana Churbakova

“Finally, we found a picturesque area with a forester’s house 60 km from Minsk. The plot is located in a small abandoned village in the middle of old poplars and a wild pond.

To save the log cabin, we choose “prefabricated” construction technology. An old log house has been precisely insulated into the new frame construction.

© Yana Churbakova
© Yana Churbakova

This technology is quite complicated and requires a precise and explicit construction approach. The main building must be systematically manufactured, assembled, then dismantled, delivered to the field and reassembled, which requires very detailed plans before the process begins.

Plan
Plan

Network engineering is placed inside the basement. Then the screed, which is the finished concrete floor, is poured. This approach helps avoid tile joints on the floor, giving it a monolithic look, with the natural pattern of concrete.

© Sergei Pilipovich
© Sergei Pilipovich

The main goal of our project was to bring together different rooms into one area, where our son could ride a bike or roller skate freely. There are a few architectural options to achieve such a mood effect:

– The spacious living room (which is an old log house) is a central place in the house, surrounded by the bedroom, children’s room and kitchen, this way we escaped the hallway system. The bathroom, the wardrobe and the entrance group are cautiously hidden behind the kitchen. All the main windows look out to the south side of the building, which provides solar lighting throughout the day.
– There are no doors in the house, except the bathroom.
– There are no wardrobes in the bedrooms either, only a large dressing room in the entrance group.
– The terrace extends over the whole house. Given the Belarusian weather conditions: frequent rain and snow, the terrace is raised quite high above the ground. It provides a dry and clean space around the house. The fence of the terrace that we decorated with lush green bushes.
– The sloping roof with a height of 5.5 meters also gives more value to the interior.

© Sergei Pilipovich
© Sergei Pilipovich

The entire building engineering system is hidden in the boiler room, which has a separate entrance from the outside. The main source of domestic heating is a hot water floor and a fireplace.

All the materials have been chosen with a maximum of naturalness: waxed wood, concrete floor, slabs, colored in white. All of these have become an ideal background for many decorative details taken from our travels or presented by friends. Some of them have been redone from old elements of the forester’s house.

© Sergei Pilipovich
© Sergei Pilipovich

For example, a solid wood table top in the kitchen consists of an old door. Balinese braided shade kindly presented by my friend. The cuisine we received from our client. Basically it had a wenge color, I recolored it in graphite and changed a few configurations. An antique piano was given to us by our close friends. My husband is a cellist, thanks to him our house is full of various musical instruments. The interior atmosphere fully reflects our lifestyle: love of travel, musical evenings, and just long cozy evenings with a big dinner in warm company.

© Sergei Pilipovich
© Sergei Pilipovich

A combination of modern interior elements and things with a long history helps to represent family character. Austere, tall and minimalist fireplace, armchair with plush furnishings, braided lampshades, wall art and photos from private archives, laconic chairs and raw wood table, shiny extractor hood and rigid style kitchen. Sunlight and nature are also very important figures in the interior. Depending on the position of the sun, the color of the wooden walls changes from light yellow to honey orange.

© Sergei Pilipovich
© Sergei Pilipovich

Purity and simplicity. It is a “Barn” interior style that best suits our project. This interior trend refers to the beginning of the 20th century when farmers began to adapt their utility sheds to dwellings. Raw wood textures, natural stone color (concrete in our case), linen and cotton, open layout of the building.However, it is not easy to refer our interior to a specific style, because it comes from the needs of the family, our personal vision of beauty, the feeling of peace and comfort.

© Sergei Pilipovich
© Sergei Pilipovich

As a result, we have succeeded in creating a truly native place, where you can feel the impact of love and family history ”.

© Sergei Pilipovich
© Sergei Pilipovich

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