This 400-year-old damp, 4-room stone house along the Vltava River in Cesky Krumlov (112 miles south of Prague) was purchased for the equivalent of about $6,000 USD. At the time of the sale, it was serving as a garbage dump for the surrounding neighbors. The owners, Cal and Carolyn Zukowski (an artist and a teacher) set about turning this historical rundown river house into a home, focusing on maintaining the home's ties to the river and keeping costs down by using second-hand materials when possible...
The dining room floor is made from parquet tiles salvaged from friends who were going to use it for firewood. Many of the doors, windows and fixtures were all received through donations. Perhaps our favorite room is their boys' bathroom, centered around a tree trunk that looks as if it's growing up from the floor boards and through the roof.
To read the whole article, see The New York Times.
Photos by Pavel Horejsi for The New York Times