Construction15.09.2010

House at the Kuopio Housing Fair realised with the help of partner network

Villa Olivia, Herrala Talojen asuntomessutalo Kuopiossa kesällä 2010.

Villa Olivia, Herrala Talojen asuntomessutalo Kuopiossa kesällä 2010.

Koskisen Oy was once again prominently on display at this summer’s Finnish housing fair. Villa Olivia, a creation of the broad partner network of the Finnish company Herrala Houses, as well as the Kokoa design panels featured in two of the fair houses inspired keen interest among the visitors.

House at the Kuopio Housing Fair realised with the help of partner network
Koskisen Oy was once again prominently on display at this summer’s Finnish housing fair. Villa Olivia, a creation of the broad partner network of the Finnish company Herrala Houses, as well as the Kokoa design panels featured in two of the fair houses inspired keen interest among the visitors.

The visitors particularly liked Villa Olivia’s compact size, the smart and open floor plan and the big terraces. Influences from the old and idyllic wooden houses that line the streets of Kuopio were sought for the modern façade and style of the traditional-style house, built of prefabricated elements. The L-shaped house has a lovely backyard offering privacy, big terraces and a BBQ area.

“Overall, this year’s fair house can be summed up as a stylish home for the ordinary family, where the rooms and floor plan have been designed cost-effectively. The budget was under tight control also during construction,” says Kimmo Norojärvi, Director of Koskisen’s House industry, adding that another house, with a simpler roof structure and which is therefore more affordable to build, has been planned based on Villa Olivia.

Norojärvi believes Villa Olivia will rank high in the votes for the most popular fair house.

“The house breathes warmth and cosiness, and it reflects its builders. On the basis of the visitor feedback, I believe it will be a favourite of the fair.”

Individually designed

Sarina Rapo, who commissioned the house and who will be its first inhabitant along with her family, has worked in the construction business for five years and says the planning of Villa Olivia started with a Herrala Houses catalogue.

“We found a house model we liked in the catalogue, and we redesigned the floor plan on graph paper. I was surprised how well the architect was able to meet my specifications. We wanted the house to be open and harmonious, but designed in such a way that every family member would still have their own place to unwind. I’m very proud of how it turned out,” says Rapo with a smile.

Construction of the fair house took a bit less than a year, including the yards. Rapo says they basically built the house themselves. For construction stages that required outside assistance they received help in the form of Herrala Houses’ contacts and the company’s Talomestari’s (House Master) expertise.

Petri Salminen quickly contacted the right person for specific work stages. The building schedule was tight, as is usually the case for fair projects, but we stuck to it,” she sums up. 

What is a Talomestari?

Petri Salminen, Herrala Houses’ “Talomestari” (House Master) assists builders in their use of an extensive partner network during the various stages of construction. The Talomestari is the link between the builder and the partner network, and at the same time ensures that Herrala Houses’ quality criteria are also met by the partners. The Talomestari assists the customer during the various stages of construction, from planning to the final touches. 

For more information: Talomestari Petri Salminen: + 358 20 553 4960

Villa Olivia from inside

Villa Olivia from inside