The family was based on the location of the old cast iron bat under the window as they set up the bathroom.
When the Kortesaari family bought the farm Norrfrid, built in the late 1800s, it was a high potential house. The house floor plan, tiled furnaces and moldings were intact, and the old mirror doors, the wooden floors and the perlestaffel panel lay under plates and flooring in anticipation of getting into the light.
The bathroom had a great need to be renovated, with its 1970s style decor. On the floor lay a green plastic coating and the walls were covered by a yellow-faced wallpaper. The room felt dull and damp and the shower area lacked ventilation. In addition, the ceiling was lowered, which meant that the bathroom felt less than it was. The fact that there was only one window made the room feel gloomy.
– When we started tearing down the wall coverings and taking down the lowered ceiling, we found our great pleasure an original window. It turned out to be the only original window on the first floor. A big loss, as I think the windows are like the eyes of the house, says Eija.
Sacred in the bathroom
Today the bathroom has got more space and a good ceilings, and the room gives almost a sacred feeling. The beautiful cast iron bath is located in the middle of the room in front of the old crossroad window. The view through the large window is stunning and gives depth to the room. The color of the room is in muted, linoleum-colored tones. The walls are covered with perlestaffpanel and paperback, and radiate a feeling from a bygone era. Eija and Mika have carefully chosen materials and colors to make it feel like in the old days.
The interior is built by Mika and painted with linseed oil by Eija. The washbasins are old and purchased from plumbing pro in Gävle that specializes in rehabilitation of old bathroom fixtures. The sinks have a tap for hot water and one for cold water.
The mirrors are made of old, high window frames in the original color, found in the ceiling. The height is perfect in relation to the room, and they reflect light from the window. They raise the feeling of air and space.
– It was very important for us to reuse during the renovation. The old and refurbished bathroom slabs from the 1930s and 1940s are much more authentic than the old-style porcelain. The plan was also to bring in as much light and air as possible. We were looking for the feeling of an old-fashioned classroom. Then the checkered floor and perlestaff panel on the walls looked very good.
Recycling and own solutions
The couple did not have a large renovation budget when they started, but with reuse and own solutions they would create a functional bath in vintage style. Therefore, they chose expensive solutions like tiles. It would require underfloor heating, which would also be expensive. In addition, they had installed water-borne heat and radiators earlier.
– We knew there was a chess-proof vinyl coating for wet rooms, so that’s the case. In addition, floor coverings are the safest alternative in old wooden houses when it comes to moisture. Because we also did not create a shower enclosure with tiled tiles, we could instead use cheaper materials like perlestaffpanel and painted the paper on the walls, says Eija.
To get a good indoor climate in the bathroom, the couple has installed a fan over the shower cubicle and under the hood on the other side of the room there is a valve. Thus, the moist air disappears from the room.
– The shower cabinet is neither nice nor modern. It looks very low and out of place in this environment, but is a good option when we look at the whole. I’ve done what I can to hide it. With the grandma and old window frames I’ve managed to fit it in, says Eija.
- Size: approx. 25 m²
- The bathtub was found in an advertisement.
- Washbasins, cranes and chest of drawers have been refurbished by VVS pro in Gävle specializing in restoration of old bathroom furnishings.
- All bathroom cabinets are made from old materials found in the loft and in the barn.
- Lamps and power switches are partly old flea market finds, supplemented with lamps from the family’s own farm shop, Norrfrid.
- The lampshades over the mirrors come from their own farm shop.
- The perlestaff panel and paper tape are used on the walls.
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