When we bought this one-storey house in 2000 and began renovating, we noticed that the wooden boards that had been used for the foundations had actually been recycled. It was that kind of simple construction, built with the scant materials that were available in Finland after the Second World War.
It’s a typically Finnish thing to step outside your front door and be directly in your own garden. It’s very important to the Finns to be able to stand on their own land. Of course, it’s also important to have your own sauna. Ours is even heated with a wood-burning stove, something that is increasingly rare in the city these days. The house is about 200 square meters and it has six rooms. Four of us live here – my wife and myself, our younger son and our old dog.