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1911 built art nouveau residence renovated with a great respect for the old
The existing layout had impractical features which prevented the maximum use of space yet the space was full of potential. The biggest changes to the original layout where done by previous owners in 2006 where the kitchen was moved to the other side of the apartment and a sauna was added.
In this 2022 renovation the laundry room’s (originally a fire wood storage) entrance was moved and the space turned into a second bathroom. Also the kitchen was remodeled to free up more space for the open concept living dining room and all home appliances were updated. During the kitchen demolition more original wooden floor was revealed and restored. The original wooden floors are very unique and full of history thus they were only given a fresh coat of paint and otherwise left into its original charming state with cracks and dents.
To maximize storage space, all storage units where renewed and built from floor to ceiling, 3,5 meters high. Intricate rosettes and mouldings where added through out the home to compliment the art nouveau style.
Undeniably the pièce de résistance of the home are the three original ovens, ’Mänty’, ’Lumme’ and ’No. 193’. They were built by Turun Kaakelitehdas in 1920 and all tiles are hand painted by artesans. The tiles show embossed elements of Finnish nature such as waterlilies, flames, pine cones and trees.
Photography by Annika Nemlander
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