Kuca Kammena. Stone House in Novigrad, Croatia.
Kuća Kamena or simply “Stone House”. It is located in the heart of the small town of Novigrad in Dalmatia and it’s the home of artist and designer Boris Kajmak and, if you like, yours for a little while. The house has its origins in the sixteenth century, but exists in its current form since the mid-nineteenth century. The last renovation took place in the 1980s, but the house was damaged during the war and occupation in the 1990s.
The house was renovated in 2011, according to cultural heritage regulations imposed on the old city center of Novigrad, and redesigned using locally reclaimed materials. Great care was taken to add contemporary flair to the house, without competing with the old. Small imperfections in the original structure were not erased, but rather accented, retaining the special character of this particular house. It is located in the very center of town, just above a market and bakery.
The terrace (15 m²) separates the bathroom/toilet from the main house and lower terrace (9 m²), and is shaded by a mature grape-vine. From the terrace, double doors open onto the ground floor of the house. This level offers an open space of 25m² which unifies living and kitchen areas. For colder days there is a wood-burning stove integrated into the kitchen. Opposite the kitchen, at the far end of this room, is a couch that converts into a double bed (155cm x 200cm).
The toilet and bathroom, which includes a hot water shower, are located in a small separate unit on the main terrace. A cold water shower is mounted to the outside wall of the bathroom for hot summer days.
From the base of the old wooden staircase, pull down the suspended weights. A hatch will open, giving access to the upper floor. From the top of the stairs you will enter what we call the “Writer’s Room”. A wood-burning stove is the visual centrepiece of this room. A partition wall separates the “Writer’s Room” from the master bedroom. The furniture in this room originates from the late nineteenth century.
The lower terrace is located only a couple of steps down from the main terrace. A few steps further lead on to the garden and laundry/utility room. The secluded garden provides plenty of shade on hot sunny days. Arched gates at the end of the garden lead back onto the village passageway.
source : http://www.kucakamena.com/