Hello. We are a family of 4 living in Fuglegården in Vestby. Margaretha and Lars Habberstad and Elise (11 years) and Martin (13 years). We took over the childhood home to Lars in 2001. The house was built and refurbished in several stages since the first part was built in the 1700s.
Initially, the housing did not work optimally. 2. floor was not used as it consisted of 3 small rooms and a long, narrow walk. There was also no bath there. The last major renovation was made in 1969. Almost all the windows were exchanged with house windows, and in order to keep the ceiling tight, it was placed eternity plates on it. Inside there was a mix of old profiled doors and worn doors, lots of vinyl on the floors and Taiwan panel throughout 2. floor and parts of 1. story.
In 2001 we replaced the kitchen and in 2007 we ground the parquet and painted the rooms that had furupanel everywhere. In 2010, when the children were 10 and 11 years old, they still shared a bedroom, and we found out that something had to happen. We wanted to keep the facade’s appearance, but restore the old style, while having a functional floor plan. The wish was that the “renovated part” should go naturally into the rest of the house.
The house had a small extension as it was only external access. This was expanded and integrated into the main house where we now have a daily entrance and laundry room. On the first floor were three small rooms guest room / office. The laundry room was bathed. The living room and kitchen have beams from the 18th century and sloping ceilings which make the house have soul. 2. the floor was expanded and instead of many small rooms we now got 3 large bedrooms, TV room and a long awaited bathroom. Old interior doors were reused where they looked and we let existing old windows and doors determine the look of the new ones.
I work in a construction department and therefore wanted to buy the most from there. Since they did not have bathroom tiles in the style we wanted, we chose kitchen tiles to get the desired result. In the other rooms there is used paint panel and wallpaper. The wall panels were purchased completely painted and with time and time some of the rooms will get other colors.
Much of the inside had to be torn to get the way we wanted. There were many decisions taken in this process and it was a tough but at the same time incredibly fun period. On the outside, all panels were removed and replaced with a 3 cm thick profiled panel table (copy of a table we found on the house). The housewives were replaced with two-frame switched windows and the eternal roof was replaced with simple chrome red roof tiles. The exit door was made in Sweden.
The project took almost a year. From June 2010 to May 2011 we rented an apartment nearby. Now we have lived in the house for almost two years. We still need to accommodate some rooms, but as long as we have got the dream house, the rest can come eventually. We are delighted with our renovated house, which has now become an easy-to-use accommodation, and above all we think we have managed to keep the soul.