A Dramatic Resuscitation: A 1907 Hospital Turned Home

A Dramatic Resuscitation: A 1907 Hospital Turned Home

Sarah Dobbins
Aug 30, 2012

Imagine an old fisherman's hospital that faces the sea in a small village in Iceland — where the floorboards tell a story of where hospital beds and bedside tables used to rest, and where stairs and windows are in abundance. It sounds unnerving, but a careful and thorough renovation of the building has brought a place of unique beauty and timeless architecture back to life.

I originally came across the home of Svala and David Pitt through Kim at Desire to Inspire (who had found the new online magazine Home & Delicious through SF Girl by Bay.) I'm so grateful to have stumbled upon this new magazine, with beautiful photography and intriguing subjects. The Pitts' home, however, piqued my interest the most — they managed to take a run-down building that was in danger of decay and dilapidation and turn it into a beautiful, cheerful family home.

The Pitts were committed to reusing as much as they could from the building, and when this was impossible, they either sought out secondhand materials from the surrounding town, or commissioned the construction of identical elements based on old photographs and documents.

The flood of natural light combined with the stark whiteness of the walls balances out the dark wood beams, dark countertops, and ample texture and natural elements. David and Svala host lots of friends for dinner parties, and describe their cozy winters and spirited summers where they do a lot of people-watching. It strikes me as fitting for an old hospital — the beauty and bones remain, but the spirit of the place has changed to suit its new purpose — as a timeless joy to David and Svala and the family and friends that surround them.

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(Images: Gunnar Sverrisson, Home & Delicious)

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