Oslo-based architectural firm Skapa Architects has breathed new life into an old, outdated prefab home by converting it into a light-filled living space. Located on Norway’s stunning Snarøya peninsula, the revamped home – dubbed Villa Bergheimveien – sports a new cedar facade and a living space that the architects opened up to create a seamless connection with the outdoors.


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Starting with the exterior, the architects removed the home’s overhanging eaves and replaced the original dark siding with pale cedar boards. With the new facade hiding gutters and other utilitarian functions, the original house took on a clean, modern feel that blends in with the pristine coastal landscape. A new extension at the back of the site connects the pool and the surrounding green space. Transparent, fully retractable sliding doors link the home’s interior to its natural surroundings.

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Once the renovation began, the architects worked to create better connection throughout the 2,692 square-foot space. The home’s new contemporary aesthetic continues throughout the interior, which has an open floor plan enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows that offer beautiful views from almost anywhere in the home. The main level houses two bedrooms and a bathroom, while the basement level houses a study, a sauna, and extra bedrooms. Both of the home’s two levels open up to terraces that provide stunning views of the sea.

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In addition to the new extension, the architects created an open-air courtyard where the house’s occupants can sit and read quietly or entertain guests. Large aluminum panels mark the walkway to the courtyard and pool area, adding a touch of industrial chic to the design.

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