Tired of the “noisy city life”, a Kazakhstan-born artist and her Russian-born husband have abandoned their urban excavations in favor of a quiet home in the middle of nature. The now beautiful and welcoming home inspires the couple to live in harmony with the world around them.
Both 32-year-old freelance artist and content creator Katharina Kölln and her husband, Roman, an online marketing consultant, have lived in Germany since childhood. They started dating at the age of 15 and got married 11 years ago.
The couple’s dream home in the woods of Bavaria near Nuremberg was originally supposed to be a holiday home. But it was later inhabited by an elderly woman for 15 years, whose brother sold the house when she died. Today Katharina and Roman live there with their two cats, Teddy Bear and Minnie Mouse.
When the couple saw the house for the first time, they found that nothing had been done there for a long time.
Describing the condition, Katharina told The Epoch Times: “Many things were still in their original 1960s condition: old wallpaper and carpets, low ceilings, a non-working fireplace, an old broken bathroom. The windows and front doors were also in poor condition. “
However, the couple was clear from the start that they wanted to have a small house with a large patch of overgrown greenery.
“The plan was to make everything as simple and sustainable as possible; it should be fun and extraordinary, functional and minimalist at the same time, ”said Katharina.
Starting the renovation process a year ago, the couple decided to renovate almost everything in their home. They hired a surveyor to find out what they could do themselves and what they could outsource.
The couple had the roof insulated by outside contractors before taking care of the rest of the work.
“We always inform ourselves very carefully before each project; of course, everything has to be done professionally and safely, “said Katharina.” It’s fun! The house becomes something very special and, of course, we save money ”.
Spending between £ 60,000 and £ 70,000 (approximately US $ 73,500 to US $ 85,800) on the materials needed for the entire redevelopment, Katharina and Roman smoothed and partially plastered the walls, expanded and reformulated the windows, installed interior doors, laid floors. wooden and updated shower room. They “opened the ceiling”, smoothed the original ceiling beams and laid the roof tiles.
However, according to Katharina, their refurbishment is not yet complete. The couple plan to sheathe the pitched roof with wood, swap two more windows, swap the terrace and entrance doors, build a bathroom with tub and guest toilet, and erect a new fence to enclose two proud editions of the garden: a sauna and jacuzzi.
The entire house boasts the couple’s minimalist, nature-loving aesthetic. Katharina’s artistic eye also helped bring the couple’s visions to life; “As an artist and interior blogger I have endless ideas,” she said.
Katharina revealed that they plan to finally complete the entire renovation process by the end of this year.
Like any project, Katharina and Roman encountered some challenges and the process was not entirely smooth.
An old house “always has surprises in store,” said Katharina, adding that it is common for materials to be delivered late and for projects to be rescheduled. For example, a late window delivery forced the couple to close a large window with wooden planks and construction foam for an entire winter.
But taking regular breaks and making time for other pastimes helped the couple cope with setbacks and “continue with new strength and motivation over and over.”
As for the results of what has already been done, Katharina said she loved every single corner, but was particularly impressed by the result of the sandblasted ceiling beams and the enlargements of the windows.
“It’s a great feeling to know we made it all with our hands, plus if you do it yourself it will turn out just how you want it to,” he explained.
Today, both the artist and her husband have shed the urban discontent of the past and are looking forward to returning home to their new home.
“It is so beautiful to live in the middle of nature,” said Katharina. “As an artist, the environment inspires me a lot and gives me the peace and energy necessary for my work; since I prefer to paint trees, plants, flowers and animals, the setting is obviously perfect for me. “
The couple, who do not yet have children but “dreams of adopting soon”, hopes that their renewal will inspire others to believe in their own dream projects and make them come true. Katharina also recommends that you always do your research, consider safety first and put sustainable materials first.
The artist shared the footage of the remodel on Instagram and says her followers are “always very surprised and curious” that the couple worked to create all of this on their own.
He told The Epoch Times: “I often get messages too [saying] how much my content motivates them to design their own home. This makes me proud and very happy! “
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(Courtesy of Katharina Kölln)
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