Every now and then, I long for the garage at the back of our home in France to be converted into a Summerhouse.
A place where we could host friends, a space I could use as a photography studio in winter time, somewhere where my growing teen Mila could hang out with her cousin and her friends.
And then once in a while, I come across the perfect example of what I would like our garage to look like.
This beautifully converted garage has the same long rectangular shape than ours which makes visualisation easy but it has also a lot of features that I would love ours to have.
Simple, modern lines and high-ceiling.
Open-plan living, plywood walls (check these amazing plywood kitchens).
Large bay windows and consequently lots of natural light.
Last but not least, views of the ocean. The garage which used to be a military garage on the Furillen island on the coast of Gotland in Sweden was purchased by two Architects: Lotta and Henrik Imberg, founders of Stockholm-based Imberg Arkitekter.
When they bought the building, it was merely a shell with no running water or any comfort by today’s standards and both camped out to get a feel of the light, location before drawing any plans.
Something we should do before embarking on re-decorating or renovating a home. Not necessarily camp out but live in the house for a few months to get a feel of the light throughout the seasons.
Eventually, they maintained a lot of the original elements like the concrete beams, a lower wall bearing with marks from its use as a military garage and the concrete floor and then improved the frame, replaced the roof, added a few plywood partitions walls to divide the space and fitted these great floor-to-ceiling windows which are by far, my feature feature. How about you!?
The colour palette is a mix of grey, light wood and black which echo beautifully the colours of nature surrounding the house.
It’s a soothing balance of cold and warmth tones which work throughout all four seasons I think.
I dream one day to be able to build such a simple house right next to the ocean.
Nothing fancy, just a big rectangular shape with bedrooms on each side of the space and open-plan living space in the middle like Steve and I had seen once in Waihi Beach (New-Zealand), but then, each morning, I will be able to get up and see the Ocean…
I would meditate on my deck like I do now (minus the view), hang out in my linen bathrobe (which is now sold out on H&M), take my surfboard for a few hours and then spend the rest of the day pottering around the house wearing one of these fab tops, making smoothies and healthy dishes for my old kiwi while Mila will live her life. What Life…
To be honest, I’m not far off. I don’t have the view on the ocean yet but the rest is pretty much what I do now hahaha
What do you think of this house? What does your dream look like??