Jump to main content Jump to navigation Jump to footer

Renovating your mountain cabin? Here’s a floor that will never go out of fashion

Inngangsparti på hytte med bruddskifer fra Otta
Is it possible to extend an already tiled floor without the join being visible? Trine Halseth Berg and her family took up this challenge. The advantage was that local Norwegian slate had been used originally, and the slate was still readily available. In addition, Otta slate is so hard-wearing that 15 years of use of the original floor hardly showed. See the result after the cabin was extended with a new entrance area!

It’s been 15 years since Trine Halseth Berg and her family built their cabin at Nesbyen in Norway. There weren’t many things they wanted to change for the final project, but one thing they did know: they wanted Otta slate in the hallway.

– My father was a mason who specialized in tiles, so this was important to him. He laid the floor himself, with my husband’s help. It was incredibly beautiful, Trine says.

An entrance hall in a cottage with wooden walls The flooring is rust and black coloured flagstones of Otta Pillarguri phyllit.
Close up image of an orange sofa with velor cushions and a pair of home-knitted mittens.

A love for slate

When she thinks back, it’s clear that her father had a particular love for slate. In the house where she grew up, there was slate in every room, and everywhere outdoors.

– He was definitely a big fan of slate. And because he knew his stuff, we always trusted him. It’s gradually got to us as well. Personally, I love that interplay of colour between dark shades of grey and golden rust, she says.

This love of slate was so strong that when the family decided to extend the cabin in autumn 2020, there was no doubt as to what the flooring should be.

– We’d created a brand-new entrance area, and wanted to continue the existing beautiful Otta slate floor of crazy paving.

A cabin hallway with wooden walls, a wooden bench and lanterns. The flooring is crazy paving slate in rust and black colour from Otta Pillarguri.

Symbolic floor

The question was: would the difference between old and new be too obvious? And would anyone be able to lay it as well as her father had done?

– My dad had all these rules: never cross against cross, round lines everywhere, and so on. He was also a perfectionist, so I was a bit sceptical about letting anyone continue his work, Trine says.

You are a perfectionist, too? Read these 7 “unwritten” rules for fitting and installing crazy paving.

When Trine’s father died two days before the new floor was to be laid, the floor project became even more important for her and the family. Laying the slate tiles suddenly became symbolic. It had to be something her father would have approved of.

– So I think the craftsman we used probably felt a bit of pressure. But the result turned out beautifully. The join is  barely visible and it looks exactly the same.

An entrance hall in a cottage with slate floor of crazy paving from Otta, Norway, an orange velor sofa with decorative pillows and lanterns on the floor.
An entrance to a cottage with wooden walls and an old rock. Black and rusty colored Otta Pillarguri falgstones on the floor.

Preserving the old

She attributes much of the credit to the craftsman, originally a cabinetmaker by trade. He was concerned about accuracy — just like Trine’s father. The rest of the credit goes to the timelessness of the slate.

– Slate is so beautiful that it’s easy to preserve the old. It’s also so robust and easy to care for that we can waltz in with slalom boots or mucky shoes, she says.

Today, both the family and visitors are completely amazed at how well it has turned out. The large Otta flagstones create an unusual sense of space in the entrance hall.

– We haven’t got a particularly majestic cabin, but we’ve managed to create a pretty majestic hallway.

Portrett av to personer i strålende sol i det norske vinterfjellet

– My father was definitely a big fan of slate. It’s gradually got to us as well. Personally, I love that interplay of colour between dark shades of grey and golden rust. It’s also so robust and easy to care for that we can waltz in with slalom boots or mucky shoes.

Trine Berg

We are sorry, but you are using a version of Internet Explorer that is not supported on this site. The browser is no longer updated by Microsoft and may therefore pose a security risk. We recommend that you use a different browser. Welcome back!