Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

May 24, 2013

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

In English:

Second post presenting my home town Mikkeli. In this post I show a quarter in which there are old houses from 1930 to 1980. Their types are in many cases so called Veteran detached houses“. After WWII many war veterans with having family got a piece of land and they built Veteran houses or genre houses. They all were from same model having one and half floor. Normally they consisted of two rooms, kitchen and attic. Very modest. Many of them are ramshackle, but in winter photos this is not noticed so much.

En español:

Mi segundo post presentando Mikkeli.

He aquí mi segundo poste presentando mi ciudad Mikkeli. En este post les muestro un barrio donde hay casas antiguas 1930-1980. Sus tipos son en muchos casos llamados “chalets Veteranos”. Después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial muchos veteranos de guerra que tenían una familia consiguió un pedazo de tierra y construyeron” casas de Veteranos” o “casas de tipo”. Todos ellos eran de mismo modelo que tienen una y media piso. Normalmente consistían dos habitaciones, cocina y ático. Muy modestas. Muchas de ellas son destartaladas, pero en las fotos de invierno no se lo nota tanto mucho.

En francais:

Mon deuxième post présentant Mikkeli.

Voici mon deuxième post présentant ma ville Mikkeli. Dans ce poste, je Vous montre le arrondissement où il y a des maisons anciennes de 1930 à 1980. Les type de maisons sont dans de nombreux cas souvent appelés maisons individuelles des ” vétérans de guerre”. Après la Seconde Guerre mondiale de nombreux vétérans de la guerre d’ayant la famille ont obtenus un lopin de terre et ils ont construit des “maisons du vétéran” ou des “maisons de modèle”. Elles étaient tous de même modèle ayant un étage et demi. Normalement, elles consistaient en deux chambres, cuisine et grenier. Très modeste. Beaucoup d’entre eux sont délabrées, mais dans les photos de l’hiver ça passe inaperçu tellement.

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Mikkeli in winter 1 / Mikkeli en invierno 1 / Mikkeli en hiver 1

Mikkeli in winter 2013 3 / Mikkeli en invierno 2013 3 / Mikkeli en hiver 2013 3

37 Comments »

  1. Lovely photos. The snow has a magical quality of making everything look fantastic and unified. The cottages are cute.

    Comment by linnyjcreations — May 24, 2013 @ 07:46 | Reply

  2. I could live in any one of them, Sartenada, especially on a beautiful, sunny winter’s day. I specially love the children skiing…and the fire-escape ladders on the outside of the houses! 🙂

    Comment by Ginnie — May 24, 2013 @ 07:55 | Reply

  3. I liked your photos! The colours and the contrast between light and shade , above all!
    I didn’t know there were so many wooden cottages!

    Comment by 76sanfermo — May 24, 2013 @ 07:59 | Reply

  4. You’re right, the presence of snow and maybe the winter light seems to lessen any run-down-ness. I like the history behind the veterans’ houses.

    Comment by hayley — May 24, 2013 @ 09:49 | Reply

  5. Lovely winter photos. Magical!🙂

    Comment by Through My Eyes — May 24, 2013 @ 11:26 | Reply

  6. Wonderful to see that blue sky – we’re having so much grotty grey stuff, it’s good to remember it can be blue!

    Comment by Anny — May 24, 2013 @ 11:58 | Reply

  7. Wow! The snow made me feel that it’s Christmas. Beautiful houses. Looks like the kids are having fun playing and gliding on that snow. Thanks for sharing a wonderful post!

    Comment by Island Traveler — May 24, 2013 @ 11:59 | Reply

  8. Hello Matti,
    Une neige qui ce printemps, fond plus vite et plus tôt que dans nos montagnes !
    Des images ensoleillées qui font du bien au moral.
    Bises et très bon week-end.

    Comment by Marion B. — May 24, 2013 @ 12:31 | Reply

  9. Simple beauty from a simple time. Glad to see that many are very well kept! Thanks for sharing the beauty in your town.

    Comment by aFrankAngle — May 24, 2013 @ 14:08 | Reply

  10. Beautiful, but so cold, Sartenada! Got my back turned to our English weather right now. Loved your beading workshop too. 🙂

    Comment by restlessjo — May 24, 2013 @ 14:28 | Reply

  11. Great photos. it looks cold though. Love the kids on skies.

    Comment by TBM — May 24, 2013 @ 14:45 | Reply

  12. Wonderful pictures. I noted with interest you choice of cameras(s) as I too am using a Nikon DSLR, and Lumix pocket cameras; and have worked with a camera similar to your “Rover,” which my father-in-law used to take Christmas photos of my wife as a child. Todays incredible DSLR’s and moderate software post processing capabilities are a dream come true for those of us who have a lifetime of experiences to share. Thanks for your wonderful site.

    Comment by mvschulze — May 24, 2013 @ 14:54 | Reply

  13. Love these picture perfect winter scenes Sartenada! Those houses are beautiful!

    Comment by Madhu — May 24, 2013 @ 14:59 | Reply

  14. de très jolies photos de ton pays que je découvre toujours avec ravissement bises MA

    Comment by AUDOLY-NOURIAN — May 24, 2013 @ 15:54 | Reply

  15. Looks very cold. I hope those houses have good insulation.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — May 24, 2013 @ 17:02 | Reply

  16. Your hometown is beautiful in winter, but I suspect it is that way year around. The houses remind me of some of the homes built over here in the late ’40s and early ’50s. I really enjoyed the pictures of the young children learning to ski.

    Comment by seniorhiker — May 24, 2013 @ 17:18 | Reply

  17. I love a neighborhood with personality! The new suburbs here in America are so sterile, so uniform. Great photos, Sartenada.

    Comment by ruthincolorado — May 24, 2013 @ 18:02 | Reply

  18. Nice images! One of these could very well be my father’s house that he built himself when I was 3 years old. It’s very similar to some of these!

    Comment by tiny lessons blog — May 24, 2013 @ 18:36 | Reply

  19. Beautiful photos, I loved hoe you captured the light and shadows. It looks like a very relaxing place. Very interesting, it would be nice to see what the town looks like in summer.

    Comment by Tokeloshe — May 24, 2013 @ 21:11 | Reply

  20. I positively think that wodden houses are something very close to nature… Actually is possible to keep as much in touch with nature and sustenability… wood is the perfect mach! I love very much your pictures, they gives a special message… :-)claudine

    Comment by Giovannoni Claudine — May 24, 2013 @ 21:55 | Reply

  21. Now nice it is to travel to your part of the world through your wonderful images…

    Comment by Roberta — May 25, 2013 @ 00:59 | Reply

  22. In that period of time there were a lot of smaller houses here too and most were wood. That was a good, affordable, conservative approach to housing for the returning veterans. I enjoyed seeing the pictures!

    Comment by montucky — May 25, 2013 @ 04:02 | Reply

  23. It looks a good place to live. I would like to play with snow with my kids.🙂

    Comment by cocomino — May 25, 2013 @ 14:18 | Reply

  24. It is amazing how a porch or veranda h can improve the look of a simple house. Enjoyed the kids cross-country skiing. Lots of snow , i hope it is all gone now.Have a fun weekend.

    Comment by janechese — May 26, 2013 @ 07:57 | Reply

  25. I like seeing more of your town, as well as what winter is like where you live. Everyone getting around on skis looks quite fun. The houses remind me of the neighborhood where I grew up. The houses were small but adequate, and families were used to sharing one bathroom among all the kids and adults. Nothing like today’s”McMansion” large houses in the states.

    Comment by Heart To Harp — May 26, 2013 @ 19:05 | Reply

  26. Fantastic shoot and photo collections Mr. Sartenada😀

    Comment by campanulladellaanna — May 27, 2013 @ 17:38 | Reply

  27. Your town is a very nice place, Matti! Great – and cold! -post😉

    Comment by Truels — May 30, 2013 @ 01:15 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      Thank You for Comment.

      I had to answer to You. Oh yeah. Winter is real winter and summer seems to be as summers should be generally. Yesterday we 25ºC / 77.0ºF. The temperature has varied from 19ºC / 66.2ºF to 26ºC / 78.8ºF during two last weeks. Enjoyable! We have been lucky because wise men say that this Spring summer has arrived in ahead of time.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 30, 2013 @ 07:09 | Reply

  28. oh your pictures are just amazing🙂 now I want to go back to Finland!

    Comment by gypsymaui — May 30, 2013 @ 10:19 | Reply

    • Hello Gipsymaui.

      Thank You for Your nice comment. If You are coming back someday, then tell me which are Your interests like old architecture, historic places, day hikes / trekking, Arctic Circle magic, national parks, gardens or cruising on lakes onboard of old steam ships, so I could tell You best places and where to find them.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 30, 2013 @ 12:39 | Reply

      • I will take note of that🙂 thank you for your message. I had a really great time while in Finland!

        Comment by gypsymaui — July 11, 2013 @ 07:36 | Reply

  29. I enjoyed seeing the many veterans homes where you live. We have many homes with similar architecture here. I don’t talk about residences at our TrekOhio blog because that would be off-topic. But I have an old blog that I have discontinued posting to. One of the posts at this old blog has a video at the very bottom. I attached a camera to the handlebars of my bike and rode from my home to the grocery store. In many ways it is a horrible video because the vibration from the bike kept making the video camera lean over sideways. However it still gives a good idea what my neighborhood is like. If you are interested here is the post: http://my.opera.com/debplatt/blog/groceries-within-biking-distance The video is at the very bottom.

    Comment by Deb Platt — June 1, 2013 @ 17:55 | Reply

    • Hello Deb.

      Thank You. I commented Your video from my YouTube channel. I love biking in Your country.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 2, 2013 @ 14:51 | Reply

  30. Thanks for liking my post about the Guatemala Literacy Project. It’s one of the best I’ve encountered. I like this post about the old houses. They actually look quite nice, but as you said, perhaps not so good in summer! I”m curious, what energy source do you use for heat?

    Comment by Marilyn Albright — June 3, 2013 @ 19:55 | Reply

    • Hi Marilyn.

      Thank You commenting and asking Your question. Because these houses are more or less from “same period”, they are warmed by wood and electricity. My opinion / supposition is based to the info from other part of Finland were I have lived. We had same kind of house from the 50ties and there was electricity, but warming was made by wood. Sawing and splitting of wood was my “job” as also to carry them in and to heat the fireplace. In winter it was daily job. Our fireplace made of bricks and it meant daily warming. We lived from 1993 to 2012 in our detached house and there we had fireplace made of soap stone. When it was warmed it kept warm inside 48 hours. Soap stone is excellent to store warm. Its warm is something which I cannot describe, it must be experienced personally. Oil heating came later. Nowadays many homes are warmed by Geothermal heat pump. In many cases people has added also air source heat pumps. Some people have their own windmills. The amounts of solar panels are increasing.

      I do not know the situation what comes window glass in other part of world, but we have everywhere triple glasses. So called Low-energy houses are increasing slowly but sure. What comes to building insulations in a country like Finland it has been notified during decades.

      Have a great day.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 4, 2013 @ 07:31 | Reply

  31. What a wonderful place to call home!

    Comment by Patti Kuche — June 7, 2013 @ 13:25 | Reply

  32. Beautiful winter photos!🙂

    Comment by whythisbox — June 18, 2013 @ 23:08 | Reply


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