What does a top athlete’s home actually look like? What was important to Lukas Flückiger when building his house and what kind of style did he choose for the interior? We had the opportunity to personally ask him these questions and much more. Read on for our interview with Lukas Flückiger.
What do you really love about your home?
“I appreciate the freedom to change my personal home to exactly how I want it. It is my oasis, somewhere I love to return to. Wittingen is directly in the centre of the midlands but it is seclusive nonetheless. “
Did you stay here during your recovery from the accident?
“Exactly, I’m all good now. Actually, we wanted to go on holiday but because our home is like a small paradise for me, we spent the holidays at home. It was nice to rest a bit and switch off completely. As I’ve have barely been at home this year, it was really great.”
How do you store your bikes? Do you have something special that you display them with?
No, they aren’t on display. We have a large garage with a partition wall, behind which there is a kind of bicycle repair workshop. I give away or sell my bikes at the end of the year but I don’t need to display any at home myself. In fact, in my home, the sports aspect of my life is not evident. There are no jerseys or trophies around. A deliberate separation, which is why I also have the bike shop and the garage separate from the living area.”
Where and how do you store your awards?
“I store them in a box at the top of the loft. Although I am a really materialistic person, the awards themselves don’t mean much to me. The elation of a competition and not the award is my confirmation that I have done the right thing and achieved my goals, at the end of the day. The success is what makes me happy. The release I feel when the start is over, and I am reaching my goal. The boost of adrenaline and the relief at the end are my happiness. That’s why I don’t really like to display them. My eldest daughter found the trophies recently and enjoyed playing with them.”
Do you have a favourite piece which is particularly special to you?
“Now, because I built the house myself, my favourite piece is the house itself. It took a very long time, around 2.5 years. That’s why we don’t really go away for the holidays. The house is our dream. It’s something that I can’t take away with me, but I am very proud of it. My home as I wanted to build it. A property that I always like to go back to.
The barbecue area outside is something I use all the time and where I love to spend time. An item itself, however, I don’t really have a favourite.”
Do you have a favourite room or somewhere to retire to at the end of the day?
“My favourite room is actually my gym. Under the house, I have built a small fitness centre. That’s where I concentrate on myself and it’s where I can train. It’s kind of like my man cave.
Does your wife have a sort of woman cave?
“The kitchen. Sounds a bit cliché, but yes, she does. When we were building our home, we went to view many houses and for her, the kitchen was very important. The kitchen is still where a large part of family life is played out.”
Do you have any pets?
“No, not that I know of 😊 I grew up on a farm and had a really close relationship with the animals, but I am not good at taking pets into the home. Maybe it’s simply because I had so many animals around me during my childhood. We are already so busy with two kids.”
How would you describe the style of your interior? Did your kids make any changes?
“I have tried to make it so that you cannot see that there are children living here when you come into the home. I am not a big fan of having Lego pieces or toys all over the floor. So the kids themselves haven’t changed much in here, except the playpens, etc. Naturally. But our home doesn’t really have a consistent style. For example, we have reused the old wood from the farmhouse in our walls. So, our style is quite old, combined with a bit of modernity. It’s not chaos but anyone can bring their own ideas into the style. My wife with the kitchen and me with the gym, etc. I would have liked to build a wooden house and she wanted a modern home, so we had to make compromises. Outside is modern and inside is more wooden and rustic.
We are still in the process of adding a little colour into the house. Currently, it is mainly white and brown. Some of the individual rooms have their own colour, something more vivid, but not experimental by any means!”
Three words you would use to describe how you are at home?
“I am definitely not a morning person. Because I can plan my day myself, it makes no sense for me to get up at 7.30 am.
I am tidy, in fact, a little bit pernickety. Thanks to the kids, I have learned that I take certain things far too seriously and now I tackle situations a lot more consciously in that respect.
When I am on holiday, then I am lazy. Even when I intend to do a lot, I don’t always do it. Without a goal, I am a little sluggish.”
How have you divided up your rooms?
“Upstairs, we have three large bedrooms, a small room and a bathroom. Downstairs, we have an office, a réduit, a small bathroom and the living/kitchen area with the entrance. We spend most of the day on the ground floor and only go upstairs when we go to bed. The family centre is the kitchen, living room or office. After 8pm, as soon as the kids are in bed, my wife and I spend most of our time in the office. We also have a TV, but we only use it rather seldomly, in the winter and not at all during the summer.”
What is your motto for designing a home? What makes or breaks a home?
“A large seating area and a bath with a large shower. It should also be peaceful and dark. Dark in the sense that I can go to sleep in peace.”
What’s is a perfect evening for you? Or a typical day?
“A perfect day for us is Saturday. We have a large garden. On a weekend without a race, we do some gardening and, in the evening, we have a barbecue. That’s what it’s all about for me. A relaxing day spent outside.”
Do you spend a lot of time at home in general?
“So, in the winter, I am home a lot. From the end of September/October until the middle of January, I am actually always home. I also do a big chunk of my training here too. Only in the competition period am I home a lot less.”
Would you rather have a full house or peace and quiet?
“My family’s Christmas dinner is held here with around 25-30 people. Otherwise, we are never all together like that.
I tend to prefer a quiet house but, nevertheless, we have a full house a lot anyway. Because we moved into the village, we automatically got to know a lot more people. My hobby, other than cycling, is drinking coffee at cafes so I am always meeting new people.
Sometimes it is nice to have a lot of visitors, but I also enjoy peace and the opportunity to be alone.”
Are you a real country mouse? Why?
“Definitely. From where I grew up, it took 30 minutes in the car to reach the nearest Coop. Where we live now, in the centre of the village, we have everything around us. It is a relatively large community with a Volg, butcher, etc. I appreciated growing up in isolation but with the kids, it is better for their social lives. My wife is alone a lot during the summer too, because I am travelling or competing so living in the village is better. We would have moved to a city, but I like my freedom.”
So why did you decide to stop advertising the house on homegate.ch?
“My father-in-law put it up for advertisement but not anymore. We decided to give the house to my brother. It is a very special house – it should stay in the family!”
How was your experience with potential buyers?
“There were a few who came to view the house. Maybe 5 couples, two times I was also at home. So, more people have discovered what is so special about this house. I would have kept it if I could do some renovations. But it’s in the agricultural zone, which means that it requires lots of permissions. Partly under national protection – this is a huge factor. So, we did not advertise it for very long and lots of people still came. But now my brother is enjoying it.”
How did you come across your current home?
“We bought an old farmhouse and converted it. It was situated in the middle of the village with lots of land around it.
My father has a small apple cider factory in Winnigen. I often went to visit and saw that the old farmhouse was being advertised.
We tore down the old house completely and built our house in a new spot. It also took 2.5 years – half an eternity, but it was worth it in the end. During construction, our plans changed a lot.”
One thing that you would recommend to other home buyers?
“I am now living in my dream house. But in the end, I had to make a few compromises and buy an existing house. First of all, if you are building the house yourself, it takes a lot of guts. Secondly, you begin to see lots of things in the house that you won’t like at a later point. In an existing house, you won’t be so critical.”
So, is your home also your dream house? If not, how would it look?
“My current home is a dream because of the type of home it is, the location and how it looks on the inside. Sure, it was my dream to build a wooden home. But the separation of rooms and the way we live our life as a family is unbelievably good in this house and they are all perfectly harmonised.”
Where would you like to grow old?
“At home. And if I am really honest, I would like to emigrate. It is lovely here, but I would also like to live in Canada, when I think about it. I don’t like rules, so it would be an absolute dream to have a farm in Canada. This is not realistic, I know, but one can dream!”
Unfortunately, you did not win the world competition in Lenzerheide. What are your next goals?
“Exactly, that was unfortunately a huge goal that I didn’t quite make. Our type of sport is accelerating very quickly. Nino Schutter has boosted the sport and made it more interesting, so I’m really sorry that I missed out on it this year. It really hurt, so in the last few weeks, I was also a little directionless. Of course, the Olympic games are still a conceivable and realistic goal. With three quota places in Switzerland, it is a challenge, but it is certainly still a career goal. With age, it is not getting any easier, but much more motivating.”
How do you prepare? Do you have traditions that you do at home?
“I don’t really have a pattern as such. I am also away then. What is prescribed, however, is my food and my exact schedule which shows my process before the competition.”
Out of curiosity, do you still browse through homegate.ch? What does a property need for you to send a contact enquiry?
“I like to have a look in our region, because moving to a whole new location is not something I want to do. At the moment, there is not a lot that is calling to me. But I have looked at a few houses to exchange for my house. Although I am very happy, I still like to look at houses that I just find interesting. Before the build, we browsed through many houses on homegate.ch and I still like to do that!”
What is it you like about our website?
“It has large images and a nice layout. If I search for something, it is displayed clearly. I really like the ability to get a first impression from the overview without having to click on the advertisement.”
So, would you recommend homegate.ch?
“Definitely. I tell all my friends to look on homegate.ch.”
Excerpt: What does a top athlete’s home actually look like? What was important to Lukas Flückiger when building his house and what kind of style did he choose for the interior? We had the opportunity to personally ask him these questions and much more. Read on for our interview with Lukas Flückiger.