My name is Helene and I am a trained nurse. I am originally from Jæren, on the West-Coast of Norway, but have lived in Kristiansand for seven years. I have two children, Charlie which is 3,5 years old and Aurelius that is 1 years old.
Our house was finished in February 2020 and it was designed by Novo Architects. I have designed everything inside of our house and chosen the materials. We had a strong focus on quality in the materials and most of them are local. We wanted a house that we could grow old in, where all we need is on the first floor with bigger and fewer rooms instead of many smaller rooms.
The house is a bit out of the ordinary. There is an open solution upstairs with glass windows looking down on the kitchen. This also creates a higher ceiling in the kitchen area which opens the room up towards the beautiful view outside. We also wanted a house that was both esthetically pretty and practical. Our lot has the shape of a triangle, so our house is designed perfectly to utilize the space. The exterior is cedar tree and bricks which is chosen because of its low maintenance and the nice look, especially combined.
My goal for this house was to create a calm place with exciting textures from different materials. I wanted to keep the colours neutral so that the materials and the various shapes would get the attention it deserves. Akupanels made of oak together with bricks breaks with the smooth plaster walls and creates a contrasting expression. Akupanels plays a key role in the interior and is continuous for the house. It is timeless and durable, and would probably look as good now as in 15 years.