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Polish homes

The purpose of this post is to talk about homes in Poland just from my personal view.

Why I know about Polish homes

I am in the American that lives in Poland. I have lived here for many years.  One thing I have noticed about the Polish landscape is the style of houses are different than those in the United States.  The United States has an eclectic style of homes.  Poland has a style, the cities are ancient and amazing, it looks like Europe.

Polish style of homes in the country

  • The Polish style home is in my opinion are stronger than your typical American home, however build more for efficiency than style.
  • Some of the nicer styles imitate the old manor estates that have a neo-classical look.

Almost all Polish homes are made of stone with some sort of stucco on the outside.  Polish people like this because they feel it’s more sturdy.   This may be true.  They look a lot like home you see in Florida, that is the style of  stucco white homes often red roofs and windows to converse energy. The new style Polish homes are really nice and like the new rich of America have.
My style of house

My own style of home, is something that has been natural elements like would and a lot of class and windows.  I believe light is very important particularly in Poland.  The reason is in the winter it is a very dark country, and you need to maximize light.

Polish homes try to save on heating bills, the news ones have large windows as people are not going for style over saving every little penny.  This may have been true in the past way and you had the stain single class windows, however now all and even in my apartment I have the state doubled last windows and I don’t have a major problem with my heating bill.  Remember most of the heat I believe extends through the windows, and perhaps doors.  However if you have this double thick glass in the windows then it’s not an issue.  In fact, you should haveas much window as possible save almost have solar heating.

Another reason why Polish homes have small windows is because builders quote potential clients price per meter.  If the price is smaller there is a more chance they will buy, and the homes with the smaller windows have the smaller price. People not having a lot of money look at the bottom line price per meter.  Polish people are very smart and practical and always looking at price per meter and every aspect to maximize value.

If I build a home in Poland

Therefore, if I ever to build a home in Poland and gonna make it in a unique style with a lot of class and a lot of glass, with the roof that does not create a shadow over the windows, and will probably be made over would.

Perhaps I’m too used to seeing American style homes that are very eclectic and I can see this right off when I came to Poland.  Polish homes are starting to evolve into a much nicer style, as people here grow rich. Another idea is a wood log home.  I know many Americans do not like these but if done right it is very cozy and the long Polish winters can be endured better.

If you have any questions about homes in Poland, or in eastern Europe in general please write me and let me know or simply leave a comment on my Polish homes post.




2 responses to “Polish homes”

  1. Debra Cornthwaite

    Sorry for the teenage language. Accidentally came across your article and i found myself nodding whilst reading. My soon to be Polish husband and I (I am English/Chinese mix) are looking for plans to build on our land in Poland. Only problem I am facing is Polish design a bit same as all the others. I like you would like lots of light, open spaces and to take advantage of the views (sloping lot looking down a mountain ;-)) I am finding that the only plans I love are either Canadian design or of log construction. I love mezzanine/gallery staircases also and Polish want to retain heat still like you said. When I visit the in laws their home is like a green house now they have new windows ;-)Our problem is we are not millionaires so we have to be inventive. Have you come across any Polish projects like I describe? Gosh I am blabbering a bit.


    1. Mark Biernat

      I have stacks of books of home designs. My wife and I have talked at great length about the same issue. He is our conclusion, design exactly what you want. Do not care about your neighbors or what people think. If your home is unique it will have greater value in the future. If is very important it is to your liking. I bought a score of books off Amazon UK on US home designs. I bought stack of magazines from around the world. The bottom lines is you can build whatever you want. If you know people in the countryside it can be cheaper. You will pay a fraction for example to put the designs to plan.
      Polish homes have small windows because of the heating costs, but with modern windows it is not a real factor. Modern windows do not lose a lot of heat so there is no reason not to have large windows, light, a greenhouse etc.
      I am from preppy snobbish New England/Boston and I love log homes. They are very warm. You can also have colonial style wood homes with rectangular wood. What about a New England style home or Salt box even. Use your imagination.
      About money, no one is rich. This is why people often build a small home. If you build a 25 meter structure you do not even need permission in Poland. Then you can add to it. This is what many people do.
      You can build a very nice 70 meter home. Look do not worry about the size of the home as much as the features. You can have lofts and windows etc. The size is when you have more money. What can I say, money is a big limiting factor. But there are ways to cut costs. Some people get wood from the Carpathian mountains in Ukraine or Slovakia etc. I have not looked into it.
      But you do not have to live in a boxy small windowed house. Poland is a cloudy cold country and you will get depressed.
      Canadian style homes are not always cheaper, but they can be if you look around.

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