Renovated Farm Compound in Northern Spain – the Spanish Pyrenees

This property consists of three traditional Pyrenean farm buildings — “bordas,” in the local Aranese language — that were renovated and reconfigured in 2000 to create a “coto,” or compound, with a total of six bedrooms. Where possible, the original stone and wood were retained or refinished in the renovation, said Keith Kirwen, aproperty consultant in the Val d’Aran who is brokering the sale on behalf of the owner. Exteriors are native stone, the roofs slate. The interior walls are lime plaster, and the wooden beams and trimwork are cherry, oak and fir. An oil furnace powers a radiant-heat system throughout the compound. – nytimes

This property in the Val d’Aran is on the market for 3 million Euros ($4.1 million).It consists of three traditional Pyrenean farm buildings. The main house, center, was connected to an outbuilding when the compound was renovated starting in 2000.The barn and the house on the property have been joined by a passageway, creating a total of about 5,100 square feet of interior space. The first floor of the main house is configured as a great room, housing a double-height living area with a fireplace and mountain views, a dining area, and an eat-in kitchen. The kitchen counters are stainless steel, and top-of-the-line appliances include a Lacanche gas range. – nytimes Continue reading

Furry Squatters – The House in the Woods

Exploring ramshackle cottage—left vacant after a fire killed its elderly owner—sparked Fagerström’s decadelong quest to document his wild new neighbors. The project culminated in The House in the Woods, a book published in Finnish, German, and English.

Once upon a time… There were some charming cottages in Finland. The people moved away. And the animals moved in

Wild SquattersFagerström spent several evenings waiting to capture his dog staring down a bank vole. Photograph by Kai Fagerström

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