Cottage for well-being and aesthetic upliftment

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Cottage for cultural recreation Pergola, fireplace + smokehouse Japanese garden

Cottage concept for cultural recreation

1. Introduction - motivation of cottages
Nowadays (as it is sometimes called "modern" - or "postmodern"?) Full of hustle, ecological, sound, light, information and especially mental (thought) " smog ", many people naturally try to find Get some way to defend against these stressful influences and find physical and mental balance . Some people are engaged in travel, hiking in nature and in the mountains (many places, however, are overcrowded by tourists, which is the source of the devastation of the natural environment), spiritual directions and meditation, many hobbies and hobbies.

One of these ways is to harmonize lifestyle weekend cottages and country cottage . This phenomenon began to appear sporadically in our country even before World War II, but it reached almost mass development in the 1960s and 1980s. For some localities, it could even be said that one goes from the "city of tenements to the city of cottages"; however, it always depends mainly on the atmosphere of relations with the surrounding neighbors-cottagers. Since the 1990s, a partial retreat from this type of recreation (and self-realization) can be observed, caused by financial and economic difficulties of many families, as well as massive advertising and show business affecting lifestyle - a peaceful stay in modest cottage conditions is no longer enough for many people " attractive".

There have also been some criticisms of cottages (often politically motivated), according to which this phenomenon was only an escapein front of a "totalitarian" society into the "shell" of a cottage, and in today's market society it is no longer justified - everyone has to look for their self-realization in a successful business from morning to evening and then does not have time for such "robes" as a cottage or cottage; once or twice a year he can pay for a luxurious holiday, for example at the other end of the globe, so that he has something to show off in front of others. This criticism can perhaps be partially justified only by the "snobbish" variety of cottagers and cottagers who for stolen money build luxury residences, where they organize parties and "parties", without closer contact with nature and people in the locality where this "cottage" or " cottage "have. However, in relation to real cottagers, this criticism is completely unfounded and unfair.

Real cottagers devote themselves to this hobby and self-realization out of clearly positive motives. Fortunately, a certain part of people do not behave like "vending machines", they do not submit everything to the "economy" and the pursuit of money, they have their own distinctive lifestyle, which includes a deeper relationship with nature and people of a particular place, they actively realize their aesthetic feelings . After all, not everyone can "do business", "earn" big money and have an above-standard house built in an attractive location and move there. Everyone wouldn't even enjoy it. Many people want to practice their profession, which they control well and which they enjoy, they live in the city to which this work is tied, but at the same time they are related to a certain place.where they were either born or have friends there or love the local nature. Some then have grandparents or relatives in the countryside who visit and at the same time take care of their house and garden.
Our family was in such a situation in the 1970s. We regularly went to the small village of Bořenovicenear Holešov, where his wife's parents lived in his wife's birth house, already of an older age. Together with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, we helped them work in the large garden. The road ends in the village (only field roads continue), so there is relatively quiet. We also got along very well with the people living in the village, so we decided to "anchor" here more permanently and build an independent background. From an aunt living at the opposite end of the village, we bought a small house (1 +1) with a garden, which we decided to convert into a holiday cottage with the possibility of permanent housing (which we would use after retirement).

2. Cottage style solution
When starting to build or reconstruct a cottage, one should first think about and decide on the basic style of this cottage. There are a number of options, from a robust " rustic " style to a distinctly modernist concept emphasizing comfort with futurological design. How the cottager finally decides depends certainly on many circumstances, some of which are subjective and random (personal taste, inspiration ..., financial possibilities, advertising ...). However, if he wants to make a good decision , some objective facts need to be taken into account . The first is the size of the cottage and the land and its location . Another style is adequate for the outskirts of the city, another for solitude or a small distinctive village.

The most common style of country cottages is a rustic style with beamed ceilings, tiled stoves, plank floors, robust wooden furniture, typical props such as various tufts, butter churns, sieves, spikes, bread dough jars, car wheels .... This style is excellent suitable for larger cottages , where there used to be an agricultural farm. A cottage owner related to this style can build a very nice and pleasant environment here, evoking the feeling of "old peaceful times" before the era of technical development. However, they have to reckon with considerable demands on the maintenance of their own building part and land, which usually belongs to such a cottage.

When reconstructing our cottage, we initially also considered this rural style, because we come from the countryside and we grew up in a small farm. However, due to the small size of the cottage and the surrounding land, we eventually abandoned this method as inadequate. We decided to gradually build our cottage in a style where we could apply our aesthetic views and cultural orientation (as described below).

Cottage after reconstruction Cottage in the winter evening

3. Cottage reconstruction technique
The initial stages of the
reconstruction of each old cottage have many common features :

4. Interior solutions, accessories and decorations
After completing the rough construction and renovation work, an important stage of building the interior can begin , which actually has the greatest impact on how we feel in the cottage. After considering the various options (mentioned in paragraph 2), we conceived the interior of the cottage and gradually built it in a way that corresponds to our cultural orientation and aesthetic sense - the concept of the cottage serving primarily for cultural recreation and counterbalanced to modernized urban lifestyle.

Furniture, lighting
Very simply put, the interior design could be described as a "slightly antique" style with eastern (oriental) elements. We are not orthodox proponents of "pure" styles. Only a small part of the furniture is really "antique" by the date of its production, most are made later while maintaining the style, or. manually reconstructed or modified.

Pleasant stylish lighting in the living rooms of the cottage is achieved by Chinese carved wooden lamps, on the glass of which are hand-painted Taoist motifs. The picture on the right shows a glow plug.

Indoor luminaires are mostly of traditional Chinese origin, painted with Taoist motifs, with adjustable brightness levels to achieve intimate lighting.

Passage between dining room and library with fireplace

The windows above the windows and entrances are carved (hand-made), with shaped decorative fabrics and lace. Candlesticks made of blackened metal are hung on the walls and columns. Oil "Aladdin's" lamps are placed on tables, cabinets and bookcases.

Chinese tea utensils in the dining room  

In addition to a few pictures, carved shelves and other wooden accessories, Indian tapestries are hung on the walls , with hand-embroidered hydraulic motifs made of beads.

Attic room - view from the bedroom Dining room at Christmas

Library-fireplace, listening to music
Our philosophical, cultural and aesthetic orientation is manifested mainly in two areas - books and music. At the cottage we have a very large collection of books (including old prints), unfortunately not very organized yet. Thematically, these are mainly books on nature (a number of pictorial publications and atlases), ethnography, philosophy, theology (eg missals, the Bible), history, etc.
On CDs, cassettes and minidiscs we have an extensive library of symphonic and spiritual music (masses, oratorios, Gregorian chant,
Orthodox liturgical music ), traditional Indian , Chinese , Japanese , Islamic music ...

Library with fireplace where music is listened to - view from the fireplace towards the dining room

Electroacoustic equipment
For the most perfect possible music listening (and recording), a powerful electroacoustic equipment is installed, consisting of high-quality components connected by analog and digital inputs and outputs. Comprising: receiver power amplifier connected to six speakers including a sub woofer ( s m Dolby Surround Prologic ) cassette ý tape (3 heads, three engines and the calibration pre-magnetization), CD player ,
minidisc recorder / player and digital equalizer .

In addition to this "large" electroacoustic system, the cottage uses a "mini tower" CHC-CL5MD (pictured right) containing in compact form a radio tuner, cassette recorder, CD player (with a 3-CD changer) and a minidisk. It is an ideal medium for regular listening of recordings from all common types of media; its advantage is easy and fast operation without the need to know the properties and interconnection of individual components.

Switch box allowing you to switch the stereo signal from any electroacoustic source independently to any listening place (room).

Listening to music or literary programs takes place mostly in a room called the " library-fireplace ", where the electro-acoustic equipment is located and where the speakers of the Dolby Surround Prologic system are placed "all around", enabling surround listening to music . Here (especially in the winter months by the burning fireplace) it is very nice to listen to eg organ and sacred music, but also traditional Chinese, Indian and Japanese music. However, the distribution of the stereo signal is by means of a special switch box (see picture) also implemented in all other rooms on the ground floor and attic, where there are always two speakers - dining room, kitchen, bedroom, living room, children's room, bathroom and outdoor area with terrace, yard and pergola. In the summer months, we listen mostly from outdoor speakers ; music from the Pacific, South America, Greece, Spain, or meditation music, is perfect for relaxing by the outdoor fireplace and smokehouse under the pergola. When sitting with friends over wine, folk music from South Moravia will also come into play....

Stairs to the garden in winter Chinese lamp in the yard

Both dogs are happy to stay in the cottage - Edina (left - celebrates birthday) and Betina (right).

it is better to see from the photos than from the verbal description - others will be added...............

5. Garden, fireplace, smokehouse, pergola ...

Lighting and sockets are distributed throughout the garden. Bench with lanterns
Courtyard (atrium) behind the cottage (now there is a Japanese garden) Our faithful friend Edina in a Japanese garden.
Painted by: Zach Bolinger
The courtyard - atrium - cottages was transformed into a Japanese garden

Click: 6. Japanese Garden .................

Pergola, fireplace + smokehouse Japanese garden Cottage for cultural recreation
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