He had always enjoyed spending time in his summer cabin at Åsenfjorden in Trøndelag. But the mountain-loving – and popular– RBK legend eventually followed the summit’s calling. So when he came across his dream plot at Oppdal, he was sold. Here he wanted a mountain cabin.
– We went through the alternatives and agreed that a Saltdal cabin would be perfect here. It was a cabin that we thought was beautiful in every way. But when it came to choosing a roof, we had to stop and think.
Mini and his wife Anita had noticed that most other cabins in the area had turfed roofs. That was okay, but did it fit a Saltdal cabin?
– We finally decided on normal tiles. That was until we saw someone who had a slate roof made of flagstone tiles. Then we knew that this was exactly what we wanted, he says.
One big bonus was of course that the slate was from Oppdal. He calls it going all in.
– We used local contractors all the way, and it was really important to us to use locally sourced and sustainable materials. And Oppdal is of course very well known for its slate, so we felt this was a good fit.
Even though the couple were new to the wonders of a slate roof, they had managed to get a clear idea of what the result should look like. So when they noticed halfway through the roof-laying that the roofers had laid the slate in a straight line, Mini’s wife Anita was quick to point it out.
– We were supposed to have a wild flagstone tile roof, with flagstones lying in a traditionally random style. So they simply had to start again, Mini laughs.
Fortunately, the local builders from Norheim Natursten took this turnaround in their stride. And after they started up again and laid the roof slate as it should be, both Mini and Anita were delighted.
– It was brilliant. Really wonderful. We were careful to check weight etc. in advance, but a turfed roof is actually heavier! And it stays the same colour forever, he says.
Maintenance-free, local and unique. But above all, beautiful, Mini thinks. So beautiful, the couple thought, that even the mini cabin got a slate roof.
– For me, there’s no doubt that it raises the quality. The way it has been laid also fits in well with the surrounding environment. At least I think so.
Now, according to Mini himself, it is almost impossible to move around the area without noticing the roof with the grey tiles. In fact, he’s become known for it.
– Here, I’m known as the guy with the slate roof. I’m the only one, so you never know, perhaps I’m the one who’s got it wrong. But I don’t think so, he says and concludes:
– If you ask me, we have the finest roof on all of Gjetberget!
– It was brilliant. Really wonderful. We were careful to check weight etc. in advance, but a turfed roof is actually heavier!
Jahn Ivar “Mini” Jakobsen
Former soccer player