With massive effort and the architect’s help, the house of 135 square meters became a great design experience.
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Due to the basic conditions at the idyllic lake in Odense, the builders Janne and Kasper Reitzel were advised to build a wooden house.
Long foundations on difficult land
It was the case that there had been excavated land where this new house is now, which would cause them to base eleven meters down to solid ground in case they would build a brick house on this difficult site.
An expensive operation
– This would be more expensive than traveling a wooden house that did not require such extensive groundwork, says Rietzel. But first, they had to demolish the 1928 old mansion that was already on the site.
Black as coal
They chose to paint the new, architecturally-designed house with 135 sqm of base and plywood roof with a strong black color. This is a value that fits the shape of the home – while it is timelessly modern.
Orange both inside and out
To give the smacking a personal touch, they gave the front door a sensational, orange color. This not so big but significant visual grip breaks with all the blacks that dominate the building exterior. This powerful orange color reiterates the owners inside. This makes the house by the little lake a place you will always remember.
Fresh colors inside too
– We really appreciate the colors of our family, “Kasper Ritzel explains, referring to, among other things, the kitchen. There the owner used the opportunity to repeat the crisp orange color bomb from the front door in a retracted Smeg refrigerator. It’s just such smacking that gives the surplus and mood in the decor of a home we get to know.
Art makes important contributions
The family’s collection of modern paintings and designer furniture draws the same vital direction. Here are several colorful eyes. And what attracts the greatest attention is the big woman portrait hanging over the gray sofa. It is the artist Linda Horn, a portrait of the pregnant Virgin Mary.
Among other things, I like the way Horn paints faces, says Rietzel. The figure is otherwise without arms. This will symbolize the virgin’s helplessness.
An Artistic Gift
The second main picture in the living room, the oil painting “I’m not afraid of you” is signed Danish, London-based Mia Nelle Drøschler.
– I gave it to my wife when she was 30 years old. It seems we both have an original coloring game and an interesting, playful style expression, says Rietzler.
Generously towards the sea
The family is very much appreciated at the house itself, the many panoramic windows and the special folding door. It opens the wall to the sea across a width of four meters.
The floors are also an important piece in the interior. The family used long, 30 cm wide Dinesen planks of douglas fir.
– Otherwise, the stunning view of the sea, the 50 sqm glass porch and the consistently bright rooms are the crucial qualities of this house, concludes the couple Rietzel.
Rietzel says that he built a large part of the house himself, but is still very grateful for the help he has received from his father-in-law, and his father, Henrik Reitzel, who is retired architect.
He helped us, among other things, to place the windows correctly in the facades. And not just that, because it was also a bit of a job to make it clear how the long stretch of windows alongside the living room and the whole house were being compiled to get the best results, Rietzel expands.
Once with options
It was also important for the owners that the hallway not only became a tiny, so-called distribution hall. It was therefore made quite big and wide – and transparent. Thus, the room also works well for families two young children; Weigh in three years and Sally in four months.
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