A Simple Idea Transforms a Home
There is something magical about the luxury of seeing before and after photos of a project. Oftentimes, because it is really hard for us to truly imagine the real impact that a few good ideas can make. That is why I chose to feature this Norwegian home this month. It really was just a simple idea that transformed this home and yet the impact and change was so huge.
Originally built in 1850, this character-filled and historic Norwegian property is home to Stine and Morten who decided to renovate their newly purchased home and create a more open and interesting space.
The simple idea of removing part of the ceiling in one area just above the dining room completely transformed the home, not only on the main first floor but in the loft, creating a connection between the spaces and opening up the home.
Something so simple has completely transformed this property and the creativity in selecting the right location to remove part of the ceiling was genius. The make over was done by Norwegian Architecture firm Arkitekturkollektivet (Architecture Collective)
Here are some photos of what the property looked like before.
Here are the photos of what it looks like now.
The homeowners absolutely love the way the space now feels. It’s open, light and and creates a more social space vertically. It also gave them an enviable double height space that is beautifully kept to the right scale due to the exposed beams keeping a sense of enclosure.
It’s open but closed, bright but cosy and high but low. The contradictions in the space give it a unique and fantastic feeling.
Who would have thought that simply removing a ceiling over a dining table could have so much impact on a home?
Arkitekturkollektivet work across Europe with current projects in London, Oslo, and Northern Italy
main studio in Oslo