The Melheim house
The Melheim house was built in the winter of 1939-1940 on the farm Melheim at Indre Hafslo in Luster. It is a so-called central chimney house. It was built with one-and-a-half storeys on a cellar with a stone foundation wall. With pipes leading into the central chimney, the house was heated by means of wood stoves in all the rooms.
The building is a mixture of the Swiss and the Art Nouveau styles.
The interior decoration is based on statistical information how an average family in Sogn lived around 1940.
The house, therefore, has installed electricity which was mainly used for lighting, but there is no tap water. However, the kitchen has a (slop) sink, which meant, of course, that even if you still had to carry water inside, you did not have to carry it out again!
On the ground floor we find a living room and small bedroom, a kitchen with larder, and a corridor with a staircase up to the upper floor.
The living room is furnished with a solid, dark-stained dinner table and chairs, all made by the local cabinetmaker.
The room also contains a sideboard and bookcase, a modern smoking table, armchairs and a couch, and not to forget, a characteristic brass chandelier, a standard lamp and a radio.
In the kitchen we see that the housewife had got a work top, a washing chair (with a basin hidden under the seat), an old folding table and wood stove with a baking stove. On the shelves in the larder we find glasses and jars, showing how important the storeroom household was.
In the small bedroom there are beds and a chest of drawers. The night pail and the potty remind us how cold and unpleasant it must have been to venture outdoors to the lavatory on a cold winter night.