Dream homes

House with thatched roof – Idyllic aesthetics in a modern country house style

This extraordinary house with thatched roof combines a cozy ambience with contemporary architectural elements and rustic charm. The thick thatched roof extends over part of the facade. The project from Ukraine was designed by architect and designer Sergey Makhno for his own family and called it “Shkrub”. Makhno and his wife used the name for the structure. The country villa is located in Kozin, south of Kiev.

Combination of a house with a thatched roof and a Japanese style

large japanese garden in combination house with thatched roof in country style

The architect was inspired by his trips to Japan for Shkrub. The same goes for the Japanese-style garden full of sculptures. When he first went there and saw how the Japanese value their heritage, he understood that Ukrainian culture is extremely rich. For this reason Makhno also wanted to block the Ukrainian culture in a unique building.

bonzai trees small figures and pebbles in the garden

The thatched-roof house is filled with a large collection of Ukrainian ceramics and has entire walls covered with ceramic tiles, also designed by Makhno. A stone path meanders through the garden and leads into a long, thin living and dining area that runs the length of the house.

rustic living room with fireplace and wooden shelves filled with ceramic vessels and pendant lights

This is followed by a dynamic living area with double height and a view of the garden through a ceiling-high window. The living room is also lined with a shelving system showing Makhno’s collection of traditional ceramic antiques. The shelf is mainly made of wood that the designer obtained from abandoned houses.

Rustic and ornate interior design

Paintings hang over living room with artistic elements in house with thatched roof

A rough, plaster-lined staircase leads to the first floor, where a number of bedrooms and guest rooms for the extended family are arranged around a common room. In addition, the hall is located on a balcony overlooking the double high gallery and the garden.

painted wall with animals as a pattern in the children's room with orange walls

The architect designed each of the three children’s rooms individually. One has dark oak surfaces, while the other has Makhno-designed wallpaper. The walls in the third children’s room were painted with animals and birds by the Ukrainian ceramicist Serhii Radko.

master bedroom with a headboard in dark gray tones and a picturesque wall made of clay as a cliff

The upper floor should be simple and consist of a gallery and bedrooms for the family. The hall ends with a balcony overlooking the living room and the garden. This is the first thing the owners see when they leave their rooms in the morning. The idea of ​​finding beauty in imperfection also resonates in these rooms, especially in the master bedroom, which has a huge clay wall at the head of the bed. In the master bedroom, the designer has shaped the headboard so that it looks like a cliff made of clay. Furthermore, the bedroom is divided into zones so that there is space for studying, as well as a relaxation area and a bathroom.

minimalist bedroom in light colors in a rustic style

Some of the walls were also provided with arranged ceramic tiles throughout. These have different types of clay that are usually mixed with flaxseed, rye, and wheat according to Ukrainian traditions.

Structure of the house

shkrub house with thatched roof and large windows in the evening with lighting in the garden

Makhno executed the simple elevations of the house in thin, horizontal wooden beams on a thin stone base. Above this protrudes the thatched roof with cutouts for the windows on the upper floor. Outside, the merging of Japan and Ukraine continues. At the same time, maple and cherry trees stand alongside Ukrainian zoomorphic ceramics and contemporary art. Overall, the design of the Shkrub house with the mixture of natural materials and organic shapes within the regular building volume leads to a contemporary tradition.

traditional ukrainian ceramics as decoration in front of a wall made of natural stone and a large dining table

“When archaeologists from other planets dismantle my house five thousand years from now, they will say that it was built according to ancient Ukrainian traditions. There is a lot of nature and a lot of life, ”says the architect. Sergey Makhno has previously worked on projects that attempt to combine Japanese and Ukrainian influences, including an apartment in Kiev where his family previously lived.

* website of the architectural office

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artistically designed walls in a small bathroom with a copper sink and a round mirror

bright ceramic tiles arranged side by side in bedroom with minimalist design

modern kitchen in combination with rustic elements in retro style

Illuminated children's room with arched niches for books and toys

dining area with wooden table and chairs create a cozy atmosphere