In the section "How do you live?" Life around tells about unusual living quarters, the history of their owners about things, repairs and life in a particular district of Yekaterinburg. In the new issue, there is a three-room apartment in the constructivist complex Gorodok Chekistov, where photographer Sasha Parshukova, videographer Sergey Fedyunin and their little daughter live.
Town of Chekists
Sasha and Seryozha bought a three-room apartment in the constructivist complex Gorodok Chekistov almost two years ago. At first, they didn’t consider the houses of the old foundation for moving, but they saw an advertisement for an apartment with oak parquet of the 30s and three-meter ceilings and immediately realized that this option suits them perfectly.
Initially, the family planned to move into one of the rooms immediately after the purchase, and in the rest, make repairs in parallel. The apartment at the time of the transaction looked quite worthy - before, creative intelligentsia lived here: an actress of the Opera House and a journalist who monitored cleanliness. But in the apartment of the constructivism monument, it was necessary to change the wiring, which means that one must get rid of all layers of plaster and wallpaper in a consistent manner. Living in a new apartment and at the same time making repairs did not work, so the move had to be postponed for two months.
Housing area 64 m2but the apartment looks much more spacious due to three-meter ceilings. The family developed the interior independently: Sergei used to work as an interior designer, and Sasha was a decorator. The inspiration for the new design was primarily found on "Interest" - photo hosting with thematic collections of images, including photographs of cozy interiors. Something was taken from the materials of the heading “Apartment of the week” on Life around, something was learned from instagrams about the interior. The Inmyroom project turned out to be a useful resource - a platform for finding ideas for home and buying furniture.
In the Soviet Union, there were no kitchens in the apartments of the Chekist Town, since the constructivists wanted to free women from "kitchen slavery" and shift their homework to kitchen factories and laundries. Many residents installed small kitchens in the corridors. In the rebuilt apartments of the constructivist complex, bathrooms usually have a once-living room, so many now have huge windows in the bathroom. The apartment bought already had a small bathroom and kitchen from the previous owners, but Sasha and Seryozha made a redevelopment and brought the kitchen out into the room with a bay window, where they placed a dining area with a round table. The kitchen was bought in IKEA, without hanging cabinets, so that the space was as free as possible - the owners store all kitchen utensils in the lower drawers.
The spacious bathroom is Sasha's favorite room. For relaxation evenings with candles, a bath was placed near the window. In one of the collections on "Interest", the owners once saw a bathtub with a black base and wanted the same, but all the options found on the market were too expensive. Instead, it was possible to find a white bathtub on chromed legs, perfect in shape - they decided to paint it black from the spray can with liquid rubber, so that in case of an unsatisfactory result, the coating could be eliminated. For daily needs put a shower. A water heater, a washing machine, shelves with linen and household chemicals were hidden in the cabinets, so the bathroom does not look much different from other rooms - in it the hosts sometimes even spend time with friends.
During the repair process, Sasha and Sergey managed to return some details of the apartment that were lost during the life of the previous owners here. For example, the entrance to the back room was returned to its original place - so that the doorway again began to be placed near the window, as in the original layout. For doors for openings with a height of 2.20 meters, they had to pay 30% more than the standard cost, but the owners were not ready to reduce the opening. The parquet in all rooms was kept original, only parquet floors were updated in some places, they were cycled and covered with oil. The walls were cleaned of plaster, reinforced with fiberglass and painted white to avoid cracks in the future. It was also important for them to maintain the original rounded transition of the wall to the ceiling.
Sasha is a visual, therefore it is important for her that even small details of the interior, including household items, should be beautiful and aesthetically pleasing. She is sure that even sponges for dishes and cutting boards can bring joy if you choose them correctly. With the advent of the child, things in the house became much more, therefore, special boxes were allocated for toys that fit harmoniously into the interior. In the design of the apartment, they tried to comply with a single style using calm and natural colors: the basis was white, gray and brown; enliven the space with green accents.
The apartment does not have a balcony, but there are three built-in wardrobes - in the corridor, in the walk-in room and in the bedroom, so most things are stored in them. According to Sasha, a small number of storage places helps to strive for even greater awareness of consumption. Some things from the previous owners have been preserved - in the bathroom you can see the chandelier from the room and the mirror that used to meet guests at the entrance. The family found many home furnishings in the Italian flea markets and in antique shops in Istanbul. So, one Italian chair was bought in Italy for 15 € and sent to Yekaterinburg by mail, while the other was purchased for 100 € and the same amount was paid for transportation of oversized cargo on an airplane. The owners are convinced: it's worth it, because every such thing allows you to remember traveling with warmth.
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