The chalets are now built for families with children – old
Honkarakenne Ltd press release August 17, 2021 at 9 a.m.
The chalets are now built for families with children – the old traditions of summer chalets are back, simplicity brings tranquility and closeness to nature
The current boom in summer cottages reveals a new development: more and more often, buyers are young families with children. People in their 30s and 40s now yearn for the summers and sauna of their childhood. Rather than the latest conveniences, what they value in summer cottage living is user-friendliness and durability. Budget summer chalets only have the bare essentials, nothing more. This is because it is considered a luxury in itself to relax in the midst of nature. Honkarakenne responds to this demand with our new collection of summer chalets.
“Our chalet is beautifully simple,” says interior design influencer Annika Meder-Liikanen, who writes the blog Vihreä talo (“green house”). Her family’s summer cottage is currently being built by a lake in the south of Savo where she spent many summers as a child. Meder-Liikanen, who is studying architecture at Aalto University in Helsinki, designed the cottage with the architects from Honkarakenne. The 57m2 Rantama is one of Honka’s new fall models.
To take inspiration from Rantama, Meder-Liikanen took inspiration from the 1960s and 1970s, which were golden decades for summer cottages. She was particularly inspired Kaija and Heikki siren minimalist cottages and the sauna designed by Reima Pietilä for the 1958 Brussels Universal Exhibition. “Rantama’s nostalgia comes from them, for a time when summer cabins were simpler. The little space available is saved for the living space, which also includes the kitchenette. The sleeping area is very compact, with no space for anything else.
Looking at the cabin from the outside, one feels the spirit of the 1970s in the low frame and the gently sloping gable roof, the small bay windows, the eaves extending onto the terrace and the extended cross angles. . The ends of the logs are traditionally visible in the cross corners. “The Sirens and Pietilä made excellent use of the cross corners, which is part of traditional log construction. It also provides some visual coverage if there are neighboring cabins nearby, ”explains Meder-Liikanen.
Back to basics
Rantama’s design was guided by environmental considerations and a strong sense of moderation. Meder-Liikanen emphasizes the importance of sustainability not only in construction but also in chalet life itself. The only modern convenience they have in the chalet is electricity. Water must be brought in and the sauna is used for washing – there is no shower.
“When I was a kid, going to the summer cabin was easy. You only had one small bag to take out. What we had at the chalet were swimsuits, wellington boots, towels and bug spray, not much more.
Honkaraken Sales Manager Juhani saukko recognizes the current trend. “It’s clear to us that many people in their 30s want to go back to their roots and share this culture of chalet living with their children. When you are not looking for a large chalet, functionality and flexibility of the spaces are crucial. What we are seeing now is that people appreciate the fact that the luxury of city living is completely left behind when they come to the countryside. It is now normal to have a great contrast between city life and chalet life. It actually reinforces the feeling of being close to nature, ”he says.
Honka’s fall collection also has a larger version of Rantama, with an area of 77 m2. The rooms are a bit bigger and the sauna also has a toilet and a shower. The collection also includes Tyrsky, a villa model well suited to the Finnish archipelago. It was designed by the world champion architect and windsurfer Tuuli Petäjä-Sirén before the Tokyo Olympics. The simple but elegant and functional Loimu is also part of the collection and has a long terrace with an outdoor fireplace.
“What all of these models have in common are the large windows, which give an excellent view of nature. In all models, the lounge areas also extend onto the terraces. It’s different from the style of the 1970s – instead of narrow verandas, today’s terraces can be used for a variety of purposes and just for relaxing, ”says Saukko.
Honkaraken manufactures high-quality, healthy, eco-friendly log homes, vacation homes and public buildings. They are made from solid Finnish wood under the Honka brand. The company has already delivered 85,000 buildings in more than 50 countries. We manufacture our home packaging in Finland, in our own factory in Karstula. n 2020, the consolidated net turnover of the Honkarakenne group amounted to 52.9 million euros, of which exports represented 30%. www.honka.fi
Sanna Huovinen, Marketing Director, Honkarakenne Ltd, +358 40 1978 707, [email protected]
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