A stone yard can be so atmospheric! Kati Komulaisen and Tuomas Veijalainen the home with its lush hillside gardens is hidden in the protection of deciduous trees, hidden from the eyes of passers-by.
A surprise awaits the person entering the yard. The courtyard corridors of the 1920s wooden house in Halssila, Jyväskylä, are paved with cobblestones like the surfaces of old streets.
The edges of the corridors have been raised into raised benches with stones found on the plot. Old perennials sprout on the benches: peonies, daisies and irises. The gaps are filled with light green bee stars.
Looks like the stone yard has remained unchanged throughout the century. However, the old buildings and garden have been completely renovated.
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The stone yard gets a soft contrast from the moss
Kati and Tuomas bought the place twenty years ago. Then the useful plants, fruit trees, and berry bushes filled the yard. There were sand corridors between them.
Little by little, a summer living room for a family of four has been built from the yard, and the stone yard has guided the construction. The corridor renovation was carried out a few years ago.
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Corridors that are only accessible on foot can be set up more lightly than car lanes. Humus soil was excavated and crushed stone was spread on the subsoil. The top was the installation sand, on which the paving stones were tapped and sealed with stone ash.
The screen headstones tapped in the stone ash get moss in the shade between them. And it doesn’t matter, even if the stone surface is a little uneven. When earthy rocks rise and fall slightly in winter, they settle back in place over the summer.
A few large round and flat rocks have been composed for the paths to guide the passage. The hard-wearing points are reinforced with concrete stones. A flat surface of concrete stones was made for the living area.
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Yard and house in the same spirit
The old buildings and the dignifiedly renovated garden remind the family of the lives of past generations.
When Kati and Tuomas sit in the yard swing on a summer evening, satisfaction over the development of the yard dominates the mind.
When they first came into the yard, they knew they wanted this very house.
“We didn’t know anything about gardening, but little by little we’ve learned by experimenting. We want to cherish the spirit of the old house in our garden as well. ”
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The story has been published in Kotiliede 6/2019.
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