This tiny cottage in the Lauttasaari Recreational Park in Western Helsinki, Finland is an affordable and eco-friendly retreat designed by Finnish architects Jussi and Riina Palva. It is located just a quick 10-minute bike ride from the Palvas’ apartment in Helsinki. The cottage is heated by an HWAM fireplace. The couch converts into a bed. A stainless steel serving bowl from IKEA on the kitchen counter serves as a makeshift wash basin (a hose is just outside). A two-burner gas stovetop completes the kitchen. The 150-square-foot cabin costs around US$42,000 to build.
Balancing Barn – An Energy Efficient Modern Country House
Balancing Barn is situated by a small lake in the countryside near Thorington in Suffolk, England. The traditional barn shape modern country house cantilevers over a slope at midpoint. The rigid structure of the house makes it possible for 50% of it to balance in free space. Reflective metal sheeting covers the exterior. The highly ventilated and insulated house is warmed by a ground source heat pump resulting in a highly energy efficient building. The interior theme is dominated by timeless timber and a neutral palette.
Interesting Country Cottage Design In Russia
Built on a small hill surrounded by tall tress, this cottage in the rural area of Snegiri near Moscow, Russia is designed to fit the landscape. Architect Carlson & Co made the house part of the landscape by inserting it into the hill with terraces, maximizing its natural environment. Light stone and natural wood are used for the house itself to blend in with its surroundings.
Country Retreat In Napa County
This little weekend retreat in Napa County, California has all the coziness of a country house. The interior design by Jean Larette has an understated elegance that brings a touch of traditional sophistication to the country home.
Rustic Country House In Croatia With Contemporary Elements
This lovely country house overlooking the sea in Croatia has everything that one needs for a peaceful retreat. The interior design by Rees Roberts + Partners/Steven Harris Architects gives this rustic stone house a contemporary flair. Stone walls in all the rooms, including the bathroom, provide a cozy ambiance. The natural landscaping blends in beautifully with the environment making this the ultimate country escape.
Country House In Italy Combines Modern Simplicity With 14th Century Architecture
The soft contemporary interior decoration by Marina Sibaldi Benatti of a 14th century country house in Northern Italy has a charming ambiance that combines old with new. A green house with stone walls has been preserved and the main house elegantly restored. The beauty of the design lies in its simplicity. It’s Renaissance country charm with modern comfort.
Classic Country House In Russia With A Sense Of Traditional Elegance
High vaulted wooden ceilings and a grand staircase with iron railings characterize this country house in Russia. The classic home design bring traditional elegance to the casual country atmosphere. Fine decorative details in the bathroom with black and white checkered floor tiles provide a whimsical flair to this interior space.
Swedish Country House By The Water
Located in the recreational area of Jogersö in the coastal town of Oxelösund, Sweden, this country house by the water takes full advantage of its natural environment. Large windows in the living room and the stone floor extend the outdoor space inside. The large wooden hot tube outside is a perfect place to unwind and enjoy the water view. The interior design maximizes the use of space. A bookcase is used as a room divider which also allows light to come through on both sides of the room.