"cimprana kuča, the traditional house" Krizevci pri Ljutomeru Local Custom Tip by picek
Krizevci pri Ljutomeru Local Customs: 2 reviews and 2 photos
Though disappearing fast, a few of the old traditional houses can still be found. Some of the best kept are scattered around nearby villages, and I found a few of them in Iljaševci, a village next to Križevci by the main road to Radgona.
This kind of house was norm for the farmer in the northeast Slovenia, for the poorer one. Back in past they used to use a lot of native material such as wood, clay and straw for construction. Here, the roof was all made by thick layer of straw which had to be done by skilled craftsmen, in this case 'cimerman'. If roof was done bad, you had big problem. These roofs then needed to be changed every a few decades and then finally, they began to be replaced by roof tiles.
Each of those houses had a stable attached to the other end of the building and most common animal held by farmer was pig, hen, horses and cows (if you were better off).
This kind of houses were low, warm with small windows (main construction material was wood with the layer of clay and paint on the walls) and they had fewer rooms - the main place was kitchen and the other place was dorm for the whole family; toilet was outside in a separate room (usually built of wooden planks). In larger houses, dorms were separated between parents, grandparents and children - it all depended on how much they could afford.