A Swedish house

A quaint house deep in the woods

Cultural heritage is not only about spacious castles and magnificent churches, even normal homes bear witness to the past. Chances are that the cultural heritage of ordinary people is lost with time. That's why I think it's important to document everyday interiors too.

Een Zweeds huisje

This is my aunt and uncle’s summer home. It looks like modern-day times still hasn’t reached here. Not very big and filled with things. but with enough beds to sleep the entire family.

The house was built in 1964 with wood salvaged from a farmer's barn that was torn down. A local architect who knew about traditional building styles and techniques, designed the house in consultation with my uncle. Thanks to the roof being covered in grass, the house is easy to heat in winter and stays cool in summer.

Woonkamer van een Zweeds huisje

The layout is conventionally Swedish, with two equally-sized rooms on each side of the house and a hallway and kitchen in the middle. The sitting room is also used as a dining room.


The kitchen is equipped with all the modern conveniences of the 1960s. Hot and cold running water, a wood stove and an electric hotplate.


Another room is used for weaving, watching TV and sleeping.


When the house was finished being built, there was still some wood left over. It seemed to be enough to construct a second house for visitors and tools.


As my aunt tells it: there wasn’t enough wood, so more was needed. Then there seemed to be enough left over for yet another house . . . This is how a total of four structures were finally built. All different interpretations of the traditional rustic style.


During the building spree, also an apart garage was built so the one attached to the original house could be turned into a workspace. Here the human urge to make and collect is apparent. If you’re good with your hands and like to repair and create, you never know when something you’ve saved will come in useful.