Nissedal, Restoration |  – This is a project we have been thinking about for a long time, but which has seemed a bit too big and prohibitive

Nissedal, Restoration | – This is a project we have been thinking about for a long time, but which has seemed a bit too big and prohibitive

Every summer, Anne Kristin Fosli was at the farm Søndre Vik in Nissedal with her family. In 2008, she and her husband decided to move from Oslo to Nissedal to settle on the farm.

– There had been no permanent settlement here for many years, but my parents used it as a holiday resort. I love this farm and think it’s good to take care of the place and develop it further, says Fosli.

Restored dilapidated barn

When they moved to the farm, they started by renovating the main building, which had previously been modernised.

– We put it back to the old style. The housewife windows were replaced with panes of glass, and we have put the details above the windows in place, she says.

After the main house was finished, they began to look at the possibility of doing something with the barn.

– The entire construction was crooked. It was dilapidated and dangerous to be in, but we thought it would be a shame to demolish such a large and important part of the yard, says Fosli.

Soon after, she came across the Kulturminnefondet on Facebook, and in 2019 they received support to restore the barn.

– Arvid Homleid from Nissedal bygg og laft came here and had a review with us to see if it was possible to do something here. It was if we were interested, because the main structure was good, Fosli explains.

VTB mentioned the case first.

Dare to bet

With the support of Kulturminnefondet of NOK 350,000, they set about restoring the barn.

– I am very happy that we received that support. This is a project we have been thinking about for a long time, but which has seemed a bit too big and prohibitive. With the support, we dared to bet on the project and secure the barn for posterity. I am very happy about that, says Fosli, who estimates that the sum they have invested in the barn is three times the support from the Cultural Heritage Fund.

Before they started the restoration, the barn was crammed full of things.

– We have cleared and cleared. It was almost impassable here when we started, and we must have driven 20 trailer loads to the waste reception. In addition, we went shopping for a large industrial vacuum cleaner and have filled bag after bag, says Fosli.

Three years

The restoration of the barn from the 19th century has taken three years. Along the way, they have focused on reuse.

– We have preserved a lot, and the only thing that has changed is that floors have been laid over the hay stalls, says Fosli.

Homleid has been responsible for the restoration. Rotten and broken floorboards have been replaced, windows have been restored and the roof has been sealed.

– There were a lot of leaks in the roof. The zinc roof is sealed, and in this way we were able to preserve the old wooden roof that was underneath. We were keen to preserve that, because it gives a warm atmosphere in here, Fosli explains.

Inside the barn, above the barn, was most of the work.

– The carpenters had to repair the ceiling in the barn from above, and thus the floor on the upper floor had to be carried out and everything was open here for a while, she explains.

As they cleaned out the barn, some old treasures kept turning up.

– We have found a lot of old horse equipment, such as a hay collector, horse cart and seeding machine. We have put that back in and taken care of it, she says.

Magical mood

Both Fosli and her husband are interested in music, and after three years of clearing, they were able to invite to the opening of the barn this summer with a concert and cafe.

– We are both economists, but I play the trumpet and harpsichord, and my husband is concerned with the technical equipment. We have bought in music and lighting equipment, so at the opening I played with my daughter, who is now a trained musician from Barratt Due, she says.

Anne Gravir Klykken and Jon Solberg also played at the opening, and Homleid closed the concert with the torader group Nissespretten Toradergruppe.

– There was a completely magical atmosphere at the barn. The audience came from all parts of Nissedal and from outside, says Fosli.

Concert schedules

Next on the program is a cafe and honey sale in the barn on 8 October, as well as music.

– Music in the barn is most relevant in the summer when it’s warmer outside, but there will probably be a bit of lullaby and trumpet playing on 8 October, says Fosli and explains that they have several concert plans for the spring.

– We have several plans, and there are musicians who have contacted us about playing here, she says.

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