Photo of the day – Norway river house
Norwegian houses are very charming with their wooden panels and slate roofing. It is typical for a house to be painted a strong colour such as red, blue or yellow, but white is the most popular. Traditionally houses are built with poky, little rooms, to keep in the warmth, and steep roofs to help the snow slide off. Windows are small (as glass lets out the heat) and there is always a fire place or wood oven in the centre of the house to warm up the rooms during the cold winters.
In the old days, it was common for Norwegian houses to grow grass on the roof. Cottage roofs were made out of tree bark and to keep it from curling up the old folk would put turf on top. The grass held the turf down, keeping it on the roof and during the Summers the grass (and weeds) would shoot and flower. As it turned out the turf on the roof was also good for insulation keeping the cottage warm during winter and cool during summer. Houses are built with wood so they can move with the weather. It is rare to see a brick house (although the 70s did start a short trend) as they are prone to water damage and cracking in the Norwegian climate. (And as such they cost more to insure.) Norway is a producer of slate and so you’ll find that most houses use slate tiles on their roofs as it is strong against the elements and easy to replace. However, some owners are now opting for the cheaper corrugated iron style roofs. Old fishermen cottages have become very trendy to live in. They are close to the sea shore normally in a prime position in the sun. The houses are often joined together in strips and have a ‘miniature’ effect as if they were built for the seven dwarfs. As cities grow more and more people are living in ‘urban’ apartments – minimalist studios attract the business class.