BoligDrøm readers have chosen the winner, see Elise Sælid Fjøsnes dream home on Tværdalsøy outside Arendal.
We have previously given you an insight into the home that won the competition Norway’s Dream Residence 2013. This time we will give you full access to the residence which was transformed from an old, worn house into a modern housing.
– I’m not interior-free, but keen to honor what someone has built before me. This makes me occasionally choose what I think is the best and takes what the house deserves, “says Elise Sælid Fjøsne, 36,.
She talks about the skipper house from 1873, which is so nice that BoligDrøm readers in March considered the deserved winning place in the competition. Elise herself was not so keen to show it and was persuaded by a friend to take part in the competition. Now she is pleased with both the credit and the prize.
– I think it’s fun that readers voted for me, says Elise, who is more keen to keep it old than trends.
The prize of $ 25,000 from the interior chain Palma has Elise used, among other things, a new armchair for the living room and hugging the bedroom. The weekend trip to Oslo with accommodation at Guldsmeden Hotel and dinner for two at Relaxo will Elise and Anders take in the fall.
Returning to Childhood Home
The white painted wooden house is located on Tverdalsøy just south of Tvedestrand. In the garden grows pears, plums and apples, and the house is literally just a stone’s throw from the sea. Elise lived here until she was 13 years old and the family moved to Ås in Akershus. It was just the good childhood memories that made Elise want to return.
– I can not remember a single winter since I was little – just summers. There was sea, boat, fishing and crabs and we were out all the time. In fact, the summer down here is longer than other places I’ve lived.
Large Refurbishment Needs
From steinhaug to garden idyll
When Elise and the family moved in, it was 19 years since someone had lived here permanently and it was barely maintained in these years. Although Elise knew how much work she expected, she did not spend much time deciding when she was offered to inherit the house.
– It was with horror bliss I took over – most horror really. But I wanted my children to experience the same childhood like me. The kids fly in and out with each other and we never know how many we are going to dinner. It’s nice, says Elise, who works as a flight attendant in SAS.
The man Anders (36) works as a teacher in upper secondary school in Tvedestrand, the youngest girl Agnes (2) goes to kindergarten while Ola (8) and Anna (6) attend school – with only 12 students in each class.
When we moved down here, we took the time a little back, explains Elise.
The big grips
The first step of the renovation was about the big grips: they changed roofs, cladding, pipes and windows, drained, refurbished walls, ceilings and floors inside and replaced kitchen and bathroom.
– We have taken many choices based on our life situation. I’m concerned about the old, but it must be adapted to a modern family. I will by no means live in a museum.
Now Elise is in the process of refurbishment number three. At first she painted all white, but she saw that it was not right for the house.
– I get hurt in aesthetics! My motto is that if it’s not real, I’ll either leave it.
It has meant that she has spent a long time getting the house back to its original style and condition. After a few months, she found a craftsman who could restore the beautiful living room roof to old techniques. And just the roof has ruled the color choices in the rest of the house.
– I have done a lot of research online and read many books. Now I have found the right color palette closer to the original one.
Yes, the house is a true southern particle hill, but Elise does not hide the fact that it has her chal- lenges to live in a 120-year-old house.
– The wood is an important theme in this house – not for the hygiene, but because it is a virtue of necessity. When we have been away and come home, it is often so cold that we escape to the warmest room of the house: the bathroom. There are heating cables in the floor.
Apartment with blend of retro and romance
The list of new projects is long. The garden is to be restored in an old, mecanical state, and in the basement there will be a bakery and a party hall. In addition, stair in to get a coat of paint.
– This house is a life project. I will never be done completely and it feels just fine. There is always something that can be done better or more correctly.
The cab market is slowing most places. But not here.
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Modern with rustic, industrial and romantic elements
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