Su’s Swedish Country Home Inspired Oakland Abode
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Location: Oakland, California
I spent some time in Sweden and fell in love with the red wooden Swedish country homes. Being a designer, I always wanted to design my own home. I worked with an architect who took my vision and made it structurally sound. The materials I felt most connected to were metal and wood. After reading about prefab homes, I wanted to design a small home that felt like a cabin in the woods with the modern necessities. My focus was to bring in nature from around the cottage while incorporating Swedish design.
I have to say my favorite room is the bathroom, with the rain shower looking up at my walnut tree. I see the seasons while showering. The tree supporting the loft was part of the walnut tree in my backyard. It was an old tree with branches spawning the neighbors yard that became dangerous. I wanted its story within the cottage. The cottage is about 500 square feet without the loft. I had my first Swedish visitor in May 2015, and yes she agreed that it felt very Swedish to her!
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