Tiny House in a Landscape

19th century household from Rpciuni, Neam, County, Romania, exhibited in the Village Museum in Bucharest. The small house is very interesting and I would enjoy learning more about it.

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Eugen - May 10, 2013 Reply

I tried browsing the museum website to access the details of the houses, but got some errors. Tried to get help via email from the museum staff.
If it gests solved I will forward you the information. Is there a good email I can reach you at ?

In the mean time , there are many more tiny hoses in the museum and if you can not go visit … there is an easy virtual way to do it :


Joy - May 10, 2013 Reply

Love the fence.

DreamsKeeper - May 11, 2013 Reply

Is from my country 🙂 They are found throughout the country, even some abandoned. if you are interested http://www.romanianmonasteries.org/ro/romania/case-traditionale-taranesti?

SteveR - May 11, 2013 Reply

These style of houses are quite typical in eastern europe. This one, in particular looks to be mostly made of logs with a wood shingle roof, indicating that it probably originated from the more forested areas of central Romania.

In less forested areas they would be made of ceramic blocks or clay with thatched roofs.

Typically they would consist of two rooms. A kitchen/dining room/sitting area and a living rm/bedroom. They would have large attics for food storage.

The grassy area around the house is a fantasy since mostly there would be chickens and ducks and a lot of dirt and mud. There would always be other buildings for an outhouse, summer kitchen, barns for sheep, cattle, pigs, horses and wagons and areas for vegetable gardens. People lived like this even 25 years ago when I was last in Romania and probably still do.

Gil - May 11, 2013 Reply

The wall construction swwms to be wattle and daub, a weaving of small branches covered with some type of plaster (usually clay or mud). It is a very old technique. More often they are seen with thatched roofs.

Corri - May 11, 2013 Reply

loved looking at the fotographs from the google link and the Romanian Monastery website. My family is from southern Ukraine (above Soroca, Romania) b/f coming to USA, and I believe that these thatched and simple houses were part of the rural landscape. I hope to visit in my lifetime.

Stefan - May 12, 2013 Reply

Hi all,

If you are ever in Bucharest and are really interested in the true way of life (yes, still practiced in many remote places of Romania), check out this museum (The Romanian Peasant’s Museum): http://www.muzeultaranuluiroman.ro/home.html

and just as aside, one of my favorite architectural/functional aspects is the use of a single room for cooking and sleeping. The heating and cooking fire is one and the same and contained by a large clay oven/stove/heating device. It has multiple flat layers, where you can store your bread yeast to grow, where the cat hangs out and where you can sleep in winters when it is really cold in the rest of the room.
For me, the center piece of what is quintessentially Romanian in it’s humble simplicity and minimalist aesthetic is this traditional clay master piece.

for some ideas of what i’m talking about, check these out: http://radioconstanta.ro/public/photos/large/2/interior-casa-traditionala-bucovineana_80934477.jpg

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