Small Brick Kitchen for Traditional, Wooden Croatian House.


My name is Pavle Loncar. My family in Zagreb wanted to improve our beautiful, traditional, wooden house located on our property. House was built in 1841 and was preserved in past with original construction and some improvements.
Kitchen was primitive in that time so small kitchen element has been added in past. By my opinion it needed something new but built traditionally, not modern or fancy.
I used old bricks removed from demolished barn, with Ikea wooden counter, sink and electric plate.
Real challenge was to incorporate counter for dining as there was not enough space for table with chairs.
small brick kitchen for traditional croatian house, diy, home improvement, kitchen design
Traditional Croatian wooden house in Zagreb, built in 1841 and preserved in original construction.
small brick kitchen for traditional croatian house, diy, home improvement, kitchen design
Existing kitchen element.
small brick kitchen for traditional croatian house, diy, home improvement, kitchen design
Idea was to make small kitchen from old bricks, together with counter for dining due to small space. Also, floor would need new tiles.
small brick kitchen for traditional croatian house, diy, home improvement, kitchen design
First time I worked with bricks so it was a challenge.
small brick kitchen for traditional croatian house, diy, home improvement, kitchen design
Help from my daughter Antonela.
small brick kitchen for traditional croatian house, diy, home improvement, kitchen design
Arch is done, now to incorporate base for sink and electric plate.
small brick kitchen for traditional croatian house, diy, home improvement, kitchen design
Brick work is done.
small brick kitchen for traditional croatian house, diy, home improvement, kitchen design
Sink and plate in place with Ikea kitchen counter.
small brick kitchen for traditional croatian house, diy, home improvement, kitchen design
Start with floor tiling.
small brick kitchen for traditional croatian house, diy, home improvement, kitchen design
Lot's of tile cutting.
small brick kitchen for traditional croatian house, diy, home improvement, kitchen design
Finalised, with all details.
small brick kitchen for traditional croatian house, diy, home improvement, kitchen design
small brick kitchen for traditional croatian house, diy, home improvement, kitchen design
small brick kitchen for traditional croatian house, diy, home improvement, kitchen design
small brick kitchen for traditional croatian house, diy, home improvement, kitchen design

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  • Rmr31291561
    on Mar 3, 2018

    Great job, just one question I am thinking that the bricks are pretty heavy, did you have to support the bottom of the floor at all?

  • Landsharkinnc
    on Mar 3, 2018

    BEAUTIFUL!! But do you have any concerns with the electric burners so close to the sink? it reminds me of a unit I saw in a salvage yard here in Virginia in 2016

    , this is a 1950 s era unit designed for an apartment or very VERY small dwelling the Refrigerator Sink and Electric stove top all in one
    • Jus14784545
      on May 17, 2018

      Great idea, fits perfectly with your wonderful old house. It's very interesting to see how the rest of the world does remodeling. Keep posting.

  • Mcgypsy9
    on Jun 14, 2018

    Pavle this is now 3 1/2 years later, have you done any more to the house? This is adorable! Love the house very much!

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  • Janie Goodrich
    on Apr 9, 2018

    You did a beautiful job, I love it😊

  • Sibyl Daniels
    on Apr 26, 2018

    The job you did was outstanding and the outside reminded me of something out of a fairy tale. You are so lucky to own the cottage and are preserving it. By the way, your daughter is beautiful.

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