The more and more significant migration from urban to rural is influencing the demographic profile of the locality, it is converting an exclusively agricultural space into an entirely-built space and transforming the traditional local housing system.
The built rural landscape is starting to have urban characteristics, through the rhythm of the change and the utilization of the space, recovering some of the comfort and facilities provided by the urban constructions and at the same time importing the models of the developed countries of the European Union.
Jeni came from Focşani to Bucharest in the '70s; she went through living on rent, building her own house together with her husband and rearranging the house. Although she thought at some point about selling the house and moving in a block, her daughter persuaded her that keeping the house was an advantage and she should continue living in Chitila. Today, Jeni would never give up living in her house, having her own backyard, for anything in the world.
After having lived for 23 years in a village, Dumitru felt restrained when he moved to Bucharest. As he wished to experience the freedom offered by the country life again, he moved with his wife and child to Moara Vlăsiei, where he built the house from scratch, with the help of their family and friends, as well as with credits from several banks. Besides the quiet lifestyle provided by the rural habitation, Dumitru developed a vegetable garden and fruit trees, for his family consumption.
To Robert, tattoo artist from Bucharest, building a family also meant finding the best housing choice that would match the new stage in his life. This choice was moving from Bucharest's block quarters to a house outside the capital. Here, Robert can combine his personal life with a part of his professional life, in a free and comfortable way.
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