Some updates from the house

A brand new week just started but I wanted to share the mix of pictures my dear mama took with her little phone over the weekend. This first picture below made me super happy. I know I repeat myself – but I am so excited about the black windows! If we would have chosen white, it would have looked nice – but not as nice as this, right!?

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We added extra trim around the window, a “New England” detail. It looks like they have one window left to do but a decision and detail we chose that I think goes well with the summer house and also fits well in to Mölle.

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Here is one side of the house and please ignore all the junk in front of it :). I had to make the upstairs windows slightly smaller and place them a bit more in the middle due to how we plan the 2 bedrooms (with our built in bunk-beds). It would most likely look more symmetrical with them placed right above the windows below but we had to do it this way in order to accommodate our plans, so that is that. Each room has additional windows on the other main sides so plenty of light.

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Here is a close up of the entrance, our Classic-series double front door from the company, “Diplomat dörrar”. We ended up choosing gray door instead of black, something I am glad about≤. The gray ads another dimension to the otherwise black & white house.  However, wanted to point out my first little disappointment (not a big deal but still enough to bug me ;)) – turns out the outside framing on the door only comes on one side! On the inside its plain, flat and therefore gives it a more modern look – hmm but why? I did not think of asking, double checking this. I assumed since I ordered the extra classic door I would get a nice classic door period. Why do they even have a “half” product? However I realize its a luxury problem and there is so much to love about this house…

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Here you get a glimpse of the entrance. As you enter the house, there will be a short roof before it opens up all the way up to the top ceiling. Hoping this will be a nice wow-affect, cool first impression kind of feeling. This side faces the woods, the mountain as well as the church! Truly lucky with the views from all sides! The picture of Mölle church below is taken from the main road, just wanted to show you how beautiful it is.

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Now moving upstairs, we discovered a “surprise”. In situations like this, I am super thankful for my moms pics, they help us stay connected and see how everything is progressing. This big wall was suppose to be all straight, that little extra added space/build-out to whats going to be the bathroom is not something we had seen on sketches. A misunderstanding somewhere but not really our fault so it will be fixed, so glad about that! Fiskarhedenvillan Skåne and our sales guy Fredrik has really been great about handling and responding to questions or issues like this.

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As you can see, the walls are starting to come up, and you can now get a better idea of layout and space. To the left master bedroom, middle closet/storage and to the right the bathroom and sauna.

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Here is a view from the back side of the house, which I see as the main side since this is where we will spend most time. This side faces the water and gets the sun all hours of the day (luckily the sun is not usually as strong in Sweden)…

A few things; I mentioned before that we were restricted as to how big we could build and placement of the houses and this was the only way we could fit these 2. I would have loved more space between the house and garage but did not want nor felt I had the time to “make a case” about that …again, there is so much to be appreciative about so it is what it is.

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However, one little miss in the delivery – the garage windows should also have been black. No big deal, its being taken care of, so all good!

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When we chose black windows, I was worried that it would pop-out to much or it would take away the sunlight and view from the inside but after seeing this image and seeing how well you still see in…  I just loooove it!

Heard rumors they were starting to build the big porch deck while the electrician crew do their thing inside.  Will just have to wait until next weekend for pictures.

That was my quick house project update! Thinking about colors and wallpaper, will share some thoughts on that next!

Hugs P

 

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The black windows turned out great!

Those of you that follow me on Instagram, have already seen the latest from when our black windows arrived. In case you haven´t, here is a short update! Choosing black windows is the one detail I am extra excited about. Its not as common in Sweden, and its not something you necessarily associate a summer house with but I have been so inspired by homes online and magazines lately, that black windows seemed totally right for this house (and I should confess that my hubby was the one really pushing for this – so extra proud and thankful for him now after seeing the results).

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Here is a little close up from delivery. Anything wrong with this picture? Well, it took us a few minutes but we spotted 2 white windows off to the left (oh no!!!). Turns out the 2 garage windows arrived in white, when they also should have been black. No major problem, seems it can easily be solved. I am just glad it did not happen to the main house and jeopardized us moving in before Christmas. One little detail I forgot to mention is that we have chosen black color on both sides (so inside as well as outside). I really think that´s gonna be the magic twist, the secrete sauce of the house…

It truly hurts being some good 5000 miles away and not being there in person to see it all live. So, I am really seeing and following the progress just like you are, through these pictures our dear friends and family take whenever they pass by. So, thank you for that!

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Here´s the front side of the house. I believe there are still parts that are waiting for the final coat of paint and all the windows need additional trim work around them, but I like what I see so far! I also noticed they still have to put up the roof tiles on the entry porch.

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One of the sides, again her some additional trims will be put up around the windows. Kind of like them like this, very clean and simple?? Hmm…hope the trims will not dominate too much…

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Here is the back of the house, which is my favorite and where I intend to spend all my time. I am happy that we went with the big “American” porch. When I first saw the pictures, I was worried we did not make the porch big enough… but luckily we were able to face-time with our best friends when they were standing right under it and I am glad I was wrong…. the porch is big!

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I keep looking at these pictures and its just unreal and I cannot believe this is going to be our summer house! Pinch-me!

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Here is one image that shows the size and depth of the porch a bit better. We intend to build a deck which will go further out, beyond where the porch roof ends and the poles are – to really maximize the space and make it as spacious as possible before the yard starts! The goal is to enjoy and spend a lot of time on this American porch of ours!

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Just wanted to finish off with these nice evening pictures my friend U took around 8.30pm. This lot and house will get a lot of sun exposure all throughout the day!  Oh I just cannot wait until they start working on the inside so I get to see how the windows look from in there – looking out (well, its not like there will be a fancy backyard or lawn ready anytime soon…:)). Hopefully when we move in during Christmas the backyard will be covered with snow so we wont see the disaster…

That is all from me and my windows today! Hope you are enjoying this great week!

Hugs P

 

 

 

 

 

Curtains on my mind…

I have been thinking about adding curtains to a few rooms in our summer place. I usually prefer to keep the windows clear and to bring in as much natural light as possible but I realize a little fabric is needed. As you know, we decided on black windows, so I want to let them be the focus of attention! I will most likely begin with the bedroom shades and blinds before deciding about the bigger windows downstairs. Think I need to move in first for the rest, but here are some images and thoughts…

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I imagine 2 styles of curtains for our summer house, a few long curtains and some roman shades or simple blinds in a couple of bedrooms. Again, just a few here and there to ad warmth, texture and to soften up areas.

In many cases the long curtains also work well if you need to hide outlets or radiators. Ideally, I prefer to hang the curtains as high up to the ceiling as possible, and have them pushed away from the window, off to the side and just let them hang beautifully in a corner or so… (and if and when you need to take cover from sunlight or curious neighbors, you just pull em´forward!

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I am and always will be a big fan of the linen curtains. I know trends suggest that we are choosing heavier, thicker fabrics and darker colors but that is not the look and feel I am going for in our summer house. In Mölle, I want it light, thin and fresh!

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Roman shades are practical and classic. And today, you can find a lot of beautiful affordable ones from different brands in all common standard window sizes. Don´t need to order the super duper special custom-made ones any more. Also, if you have the time some models are actually pretty easy to make yourself. Below a few favorites I found while browsing through Pinterest.

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I love waking up to the morning sunlight, so I have personally never really needed the blackout roller blinds in the bedrooms – the thin, see through versions below are just the thing for me and what I will be going for in our summer house as well.

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I realize the images I have selected today – shows its obvious that I prefer the neutral light colors and fairly see through materials. Again, one reason is because of the black windows I feel the extra need to keep it calm and simple around them but also it is a summer house we are building and white or neutral colors ad to that summer feel. Last but least, the light, thin fabrics don´t stop the natural light completely from making its way in …remember, there are a few months in Sweden when you are crazy craving for that light inside the house. Maybe if we would have gone with white windows I would at least have considered color, maybe.

But it doesn´t stop me from admiring others that actually have chosen color and patterns, like the ones below…

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Hm, I had an idea – maybe I should challenge myself and make a goal and promise to ad a colorful or pattern curtain in one of the rooms in this coming house. Maybe the laundry room… even I should be able to do that, right? Yes, its a deal, its a promise!

Have a wonderful week everyone and as always – thank you for reading and coming back to my blog every week. I feel honored.

Hugs
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Pictures from: Pinterest, Skönahem, TrandtionalHome, ElleDecor, WallesWalles, ResidenceMagazine, Ellos, LadyJotun.

Contrasting kitchen island or not…

Things are coming together in our summer house. The builders are really making progress and its painful not to be there in person to follow it all. I rely on friends and family to take pictures as soon as they walk passed our house. Their progress however means that it is certainly time to finalize and order everything in the kitchen (which I still haven´t). Don´t want delays caused by us, so time to get right to it!

Basically, the two things I have left to decide on is, counter top and what the kitchen island should look like.  Both play a big part of the kitchen, in my view.

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Below a draft of the kitchen. On the bottom we plan to have our little kitchen bench with comfy cushions and in the background (just off the kitchen) you can spot the pantry on the right side and opposite that the fridge & freezer.

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Our downstairs is all an open floor plan. The eating area will be next to the kitchen and we are going for one eating area inside (since we got our other outside space on the porch as well). When designing the kitchen, I felt the need to include an island in the middle, for additional cutting and work space as well as a serving area. I am all for creating contrasts and not making your island identical to the rest of the kitchen cabinets and interior. I like the idea of having an odd or unique piece of furniture that sticks out and creates that contrast.

However, for our eating area, we will have an old farmers table along with 2 very big vintage industrial lamps from Texas hanging in the ceiling, so I am thinking more on having a kitchen island that blends in and lets the dining area get its space and attention it needs. Feel like I need to pick out where the highlights should be…?

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Above one image that I have had as inspiration from start, one thing I would change is add a light silestone countertop to mix in a modern touch, if that makes sense..

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Now that I know I dont necessarily want the big contrast when it comes to the island, left is deciding if it should be a more traditional closed one or like some of the images below  with open solutions (table´ish style)…I am worried it will be too much given our eating table right next to an island table´(are you with me, table on top of a table? Or?

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Hmm….. why can I only have one kitchen ??? :). Wish I could create 2 different islands, and decide later!!! Kitchens are expensive so wanna get it right on the first take!

A little side note, I write this blog to hopefully inspire others thinking about building as well as make sure my friends and family stay up to date with the process – but it has also become a tool for me where I can write it all down, share my thoughts and ideas. Many or most time, like now – it actually helps me narrow it down, reach an answer and come to a decision. So thank you for staying with me, listening, reading and especially for emailing me and giving me your input on things!

Much appreciated!  Promise to give you all the final kitchen decisions next!

Hugs P

Pics borrowed from Pinterest, ElleDecor, DevolsKitchen, Skonahem, Elleinterior.

 

 

Looking more like a house

I am back in the US. Sorry for being absent these past weeks but I took a blog-vacation while in Mölle, Sweden. Needed my huge dose of family & friends!

Naturally my feet steered in the direction of the lot each day, and most days multiple times per day. It was exciting to watch it all turn more and more into a house, our house. It was hard to stay away. I am sure the builders were wondering if we would be stopping by this often during the entire building project :). How I wish that would be the case, but from now we rely on our friends in Sweden to keep us up to date and send us pictures.

Today I thought I´d give you that re-cap of all the fun thats been happening.

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In my last post I showed you when the foundation and first level was built. Well, that was quickly followed by our builders Sätoftagruppen putting up the scaffolding’s around the house to start with the 2nd floor and roof. And oh boy, the amazing team of 4 guys managed to build it all up in only 12 days. Super impressed!

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We sneaked up the ladder to look at the view, which I am happy to see is stunning! Its that pinch-me feel, I could actually see the ocean, the mountain (Kullaberg) and Grand Hotel on top of that. Lucky, truly lucky lucky!

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Once the second floor was done, it was time for the big crane to lift up all the big 11 or so roof trosses. My dear husband watched them connect every single one of them, even went over to the neighbors to get a better view (below) :)).

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Unfortunately the downstairs floor is all stuffed with material so I could really not get good pics from the inside. However, one detail I am extra excited about is the little opening we chose in the hallway. Since we decided to open the upstairs ceiling all the way up to the roof, I thought it would be a fun and hopefully a “wow” detail being able to see all the way up as you walk in! Hope I´m right….

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Bore we left, we got to see them paint the wood panel in the white we chose. Its a white color we have used before and has the features of looking warm even on rainy and gray days. The “Swedish” color code we use is (0601-Y21R).

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Later that day all the doors where put in place and I really liked the darker gray color. I will admit I first decided on black doors but changed my mind in the last minute.

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As we were leaving the guys were up there preparing for the roof tiles. The roof tiles and our black windows are suppose to arrive any day now.  Will admit that I am a bit nervous about the black windows. After all, its not super common yet and I am just hoping it will turn out as nice as I imagine it….

Time will tell.

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Time to finish off with this view from our walk one morning back to wonderful Mölle Village. Can´t believe that in some 4 months & 23 days we will walk here again!

Hugs P

 

 

 

 

 

Breaking ground..

Realize this will not be the most exciting post (for y´all), but a big step for us as we are building our summer house. Finally breaking ground. We bought the lot/jungle in December and this week they took it all down. We have not been able to comprehend and appreciate it before since it was impossible to walk in or around on the lot. Our jungle turned out to be a very nice jungle 🙂 and spot. I had to fly over the mountains and Atlantic ocean to reach Sweden and see it for myself!

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On my way from Copenhagen Airport. The yellow canola fields along the way are just breathtaking! After an hours drive from the airport, I finally arrive in MÖLLE.

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Our little harbor, and not far from there is our little corner lot. Below a sneak peak of what our lot used to look like…

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Now this is what it looks like TODAY, taa daaa!

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Wow, it turned out better than expected. It feels and looks bigger. I even climbed up the containers to peak at the view. Of course a completely gorgeous sunny day made the experience better!

There was not much to save unfortunately. Former owners had it for 50 years so it was just too wild and overgrown. We only kept a few trees in one corner. Time to start over.

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We feel happy and lucky to not have any houses behind us. On the other side of the hedge is a soccer field and a new outdoor gym (how did they know I needed that ….)))

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So this is our corner lot. Here you can see the placement for our house and garage. Now time to plan the rest, the area marked in yellow. We contacted some super talented landscape architects to help us with this. I promise to share and show the plans and sketches later this week. Its looking very promising!

Now, I have to turn off my laptop and enjoy a sunny Seattle!

Hugs P

Exterior look

Just quickly checking in with you this Saturday evening Seattle time to show you the facade sketches. First the original facade from Fiskarhedenvillan/Rödhaken, followed by sketches of our future summer house. We switched out the balcony and created a long and deep porch instead.  Aside from that we made smaller changes,  we added bigger windows, we increased the ceiling height and an important detail to us was shortening the “roof base” (tak foten in Swedish). I am not sure what the proper English word is for that but it basically means we want to narrow the roof over hang, to be more aligned with the facade.

Our skecthes below:

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I have shown this image before but it is the house that inspired me to contact our builder, Fiskarhedenvillan. This home was built in Finland some time ago and it really spoke to us and we could imagine it as our summer house in Mölle.

The majority of the homes in the summer town we are building in are 1,5 level homes so we will be one of the few 2 leveled ones but since we are not building very big I think it will melt in with the homes on our street and surrounding neighbors. Also, we don´t have any homes behind us so I suppose that is why 2 levels is allowed, we are not blocking any views.

The changes that we will be making from the so called “Finnish home”are;

– Making the porch slightly deeper
– Our house will be white with black windows

– The image shows how their roof “hangs out” further from the facade on all sides. We have made it more narrow with minimal overhang. We think it ads a little modern touch and is an aesthetically detail that we like.

– A garage will be added on the left side
– Future greenhouse will be placed on the right hand side (hopefully year #2)

That´s all for tonight, but I will be back tomorrow with some more inspirational ideas.
Hugs P