Ever since our first visits to Maramureş the craftsmanship and skills in dealing with wood have impressed and fascinated us. We have taken up this craft, developed it further and made it an integral part of our estate. It was to our benefit that Lilli Steier, an experienced interior designer and specialist in wood construction, could guide and train our employees. Due to Mr. Vasile Trifoi, our employees on Şesuri now master the art of carpentry and joinery and so we have restored all our houses under his guidance. Stairs and floors, doors and windows, even kitchens and built-in furniture come from our own workshops. In the meantime we came to be known for our high quality work and we are also manufacturing furniture at our clients’ request, even for clients from abroad.
Our current project: Casa Cătuna
Casa Cătuna will be blue - with clay plaster, like most houses in former times. In the spacious house there will be two bedrooms, a library, an open living area and an open kitchen. The house will be built on a large separate site, amidst an orchard. The house will also have a beautiful barn, that will provide a quaint, additional dining area outside the house.
We have started constructing the house in August 2015 and we hope it will be available for our first guests to move in in spring 2017. All the works for Casa Cătuna have been carried out by our employees and specialists from Botiza. During the harsh Carpathian winter we shall take the opportunity to manufacture the floors, doors and windows in our workshops - away from the snow, in a warm environment.
We currently have over ten years of experience in restoration and extension of old wooden Maramureş cottages. Of course we have made some mistakes during this time, but we have learned from them and improved ourselves. Today we have the skills to deal with this complex matter – the combination of the old, traditional house building technique and modern materials and techniques. Our expertise has convinced others to share our passion, so we currently also work at their request.
Our ambition regarding the interior design of our traditional cottages is wonderfully put into light by this quotation from St. Augustine.
From the planning of the layout up to the design of the smallest details, tradition and modernity meet all along competing over the best solution. In this way we crop up a space to feel well and to live in. Love for detail and quality are main demands for our staff. It is always impressive to watch how they ”pour” their soul in their works and how it manifests.
We work exclusively with native woods, natural stone from the surrounding valleys and largely with ecological, modern building materials. Using these we create floors, stairs, windows, doors and many other things, which breathe new life into the old houses.
All our furniture coming from our workshops is individually manufactured to dimensions according to item-by-item designs. We exclusively use wood from the Botiza forests, such as oak, cherry, walnut and ash. The surfaces are carefully treated with high-quality ecological products. This is how we create special interior and exterior furniture such as kitchens, built-in wardrobes and shelves, tables and washstands, park furniture and gazeboes.
Whenever possible we resort to this craft and offer things an unmistakable identity. Our staff rediscovers themselves in their work and this fills them with pride.