Welcome to my house, Margo! |
I started work on this house in june 1964 and in the autnum -65 we moved in to the half of it. Then for another year I had my workshop in the living-room. Not many people have worked with this house. My brother helped me for two weeks in the beginning. And ther was a plummer fixing water installation and an electrician doing his job - you are not allowed to do it yourself.
I bought seven inside doors and some canadian windows, manufactured on license by a company here in Sweden. Everything else is home made, so some parts are a bit special.
Welcome to my house, Margo!
The staircase is a combination of steel and wood, pineblocks standing up. Somewere above the ceiling hangs my canadian canoe - now forgotten for a long time.
Here I´m standing on the bridge to the garbage box with the camera and you can have a better view to the front door.
Now you have come to the hall. On the left there is a door to the kitchen, to the right two small bathrooms and behind the doors ahead a living-room.
My latest wood-work. It is better so sit down sometimes or to have a place for those heavy things....
And the umbrellas - they are too many!
I found a piece of oaktree from my parents home - probably left over when they built the great barn in 1911.
I´m rather proud of these doors and there are people who admire them. Made with double plexiglass and the wooden figures between.
Again - from another angle
This is a tea wagon - made many years ago. Maybe other weels?
Green plants and mahogny - a fine contrast I think.
These bookshelves are built directly on the wall with fixed distances so it is impossible to sort the books in any other order than height - it is always exciting to search...
The fireplace has a built-in chamber wich take air from the outside, warm it up and let it in through a hole near the ceiling. But we don´t use it so often.
The round table on the left is the only remaining thing from my first furniture made forty years ago.
Detail of table-leg.
We are in the hall on our way to the kitchen and we pass two bathrooms.
This one belongs to my wife - we call it "dambadrummet".
The wall between the two bathrooms is so thick that I could put in shelves direclty in the wall - from both sides.
A glance into my bathroom. This one has a shower, washing machine and space to dry the washed clothes.
Now you enter the kitchen-room with a small working area and some space for recreation.
As you can see, I am fond of mahogny and teak. During the years from -65 we have changed the kitchen machinery a few times, but cupboards and drawers are all the same - home-made and old.
Detail of drawer-handle and a clear picture of patina and dayly use - when my wife saw this picture she said - We must repaint!
The cupboard-doors are special. You lift straight up and the three horisontal doors disappere totally. They are balanced to stay wherever you want. I have had some troble with the wires during the years but I think the idea is good! No risk for damaging your head - a total wiew of every cup, glass and plate inside.
Here you can see the copboard open a little. Behind the small door over the table to the right we keep bread and other things. When opened it works as a cutting board and when you shut it again the crumbs fall down into a special box with a small door from wich I can sweep them out. I just hate bread-crumbs!
Standing in the door to a small office, you have this view of the kitchen-room. I like rough beams inside as you may have noticed from the living-room. Here I have lit a fire in the black stove - it is cold outside now, around zero, Celcius. The hot air is sucked down to a fan in the celler, from wich it is pressed out to the rooms through channels in the floor. This fan has been running now for 37 years!
Here I had a problem. I wanted a spare bed - but not always. And a corner to sit reading. So I put the bed on hinges, vertically and made a special table, easy to lower down when you want to use the bed. Here you see it behind the chair.
Detail of bed-table. It hangs on hinges to the wall - just loose a nut, lift the leg and you have got a small bed table.