Dubbed Wooden Brick House, this 1,001 square foot home (93 square meters) can be found near the small village of Lučatín in central Slovakia. This house replaces an existing property that was in an unrepairable state, however, some of its materials were used in the construction of the new home.
Local architecture firm Jaro Krobot were responsible for the design and delivery of the project, which was completed back in 2014. According to the designers, the hardest aspect of this build was the balancing act between meeting the local regulations, and creating a house that didn’t impede on the “fragile environment”.
The structure is largely made from wood. They’ve made use of a Swiss system called STEKO that was developed in conjunction with ETH Zurich. The system makes use of “bricks” made from solid spruce wood that can be filled with insulation. One of the advantages to this construction method is speed – it took just 5 days to create the walls and roof.
Originally there was an old barn on the site. This was demolished to make way for the home, but the materials were salvaged and incorporated into the new build, as well as other construction projects in the area.
The interior has been finished in a mix of white and warm tones of wood. A dark tile, or slate floor provides a strong contrast to the walls and ceiling. Parts of the structure have also been left on display, such as the big timber beams that span the width of the house.
Given its limited width, living areas are placed sequentially. From the left-hand-side of the home you have the living room, the bathroom and laundry area, an open plan kitchen and dining room, followed by the bedroom on the far right. Bump-outs are used to create extra storage spaces, like the clothing closet in the bedroom.
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Can you buy the bricks already fitted with insulation? Also what is the price of the bricks?
Hmmm. Beautiful inside, but the layout is odd. I would have switched the bedroom & LR, turned the kitchen/DR/LR into one greatroom & had the BR more sequestered at the other end.
Totally agree. Why on earth would you put the bathroom on the other end-ish of the house when it only has one bedroom? Bedroom + bathroom makes sense. Current layout doesn’t.
It’s not like the layout of the house is dictated by some amazing/fantastic view or anything.
Also how much did this house cost to build?
Hi Louise, you could trying contacting the architects for the build cost and details regarding the wooden bricks: https://www.facebook.com/jaro.krobot
I second the commotion regarding the bathroom placement. At the very least, the bedroom bump-out might have housed a (half-)bath.
I like this. It is ever so easy to move the bath/storage module plan so it is next to the bedroom. this would have the kitchen eating area next to the living area. easy to rearrange the spaces.
Wooden bricks? Well that’s certainly an oxymoron…
How did you solve the problem of wood rot, splitting, separation from the foundation shifting, termites, etc..? Over the years, any of these are bound to tear up the house.
You got all your water using activities together to reduce running pipes. But putting the kitchen by the living room might work.
Where can I buy the blocks I’m getting ready to build a small house thanks Jeff
Lexington did you find out any pertinent information on building with wooden blocks and if they are
available in the U.S….
Thanks in advance……