Little housing is gaining popularity.
Belarusian family with a child built near Minsk microdom area of 16 square metres with bathroom, kitchen, living room, bedroom and balcony. Let’s see how it looks.
As a family decided to settle in such a small house? They realized that too many pay for the rent, and decided to save.
“Owning a plot and starting the construction of the cottage, I quickly realized that doing something wrong. Then we lived in a rented apartment in Suharevo and gave $ 350 per month plus pay bills. From home to plot — 40 kilometers. This time and money. Gasoline went up to $ 150 per month. I thought: why all this spending, if we already have our own land? Why not build a compact house, which can later become a guest, to move there and save every month up to $ 500? And, living in the area, you can slowly build the dream house”.
Victor Oskirko, the head of the family
To live in this house all year round: here is the cylinder with gas and electricity, and the walls, floor and roof insulated with mineral wool. Victor argues that such a small house an additional heating is not necessary.
“To heat a 16 square meters, a lot of energy because it is not necessary. The air conditioning was not switched off in the fall and is usually configured at 20-22 degrees. It works even when no one is home so that the room cools down, no need to warm it after work.
As regards electricity rates, the figures for a country house funny. In January, they paid 38 rubles (Belarusian. — Approx. ed.) over the past six months — 104 rubles. Of appliances we have refrigerator, induction cooktop, boiler, kettle, hood and computer. Energy saving light bulbs. In fact, electricity is the whole “communal”. For water, we pay nothing, sewage has its own, self-made”.
Ceiling height is 3.8 meters, so the house has turned out to fit four levels.
The threshold opens to a small entrance hall, step down living room and two steps up is the kitchen. Under the ceiling of the inhabitants sleeping, and under the kitchen there is a pantry by height in meters.
There, at the kitchen, fit a boiler and a tiny washing machine.
There is a shower.
With the family of Oskirko lives and a dog.
The house the couple built themselves — all the materials cost about $ 4,600 (124 thousand UAH). The basis they took the project of German architect who planned microdom per student. The area German house — 3 on 3-meter, and Victor is 4 meters by 4 meters and a different layout.
“The frame is produced from residues of wood for the main house. Wardrobe, bed, shelves and doors — all made by hand. Windows generally cheap cost: buy double-glazed Windows and wooden frames made by ourselves. Laminate flooring found in the confiscated goods at a price 70% cheaper than in the store. The party was small, it did not take one, and me at the time. Materials ordered on the Internet: compare prices and find cheaper. In the markets, strangely enough, it was much more expensive. Kitchen not bought, brought our rented apartment”.
Upstairs — double bed measuring 1.4 by 2 meters and something like a Cabinet. The platform above the shower and toilet is something of the Desk, sitting on the bed, you can work on the computer.
Victor’s wife Tatiana and son Zachary live in the house three or four days a week and the other days going to the district.
“Of course, I grew up in a large house, are strange. But we do not sit all day in prison. Go to visit, bring the child to Minsk to skate. And in the summer here it’s different. Spend warm evenings on the terrace having dinner there. Near the lake, the place is very picturesque.”
Victor says that they are family in the house quite comfortable.
“Claustrophobia none of us suffers. Yes not so that we have closely, if you understand. In the evening light from the living room to the upper level almost does not penetrate someone can work, and someone to rest. The flow of fresh air to give a double vent in the bathroom and in the kitchen. If it is necessary to thoroughly ventilate enough to open the door only for half a minute. Optimally, such a house would suit single person or couples. With a baby harder. But understand that for us this is a temporary option. Finish building the big house — move there. Left to do not much.”
In autumn, the family hopes to move into a new house — on the monitor of Victor opened a sketch of the interior. Before the construction man for a year he studied architecture and was wondering how are the Swedes, the Japanese, the Germans. The house will have Windows from floor to ceiling, and the son will get two rooms: a bedroom and a games. To move from one place to another will be stretched trampoline mesh.
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