Building a cabin in Sweden, Swedish countryside, Dalarna, Belgian artist and photographer in Sweden, www.Fenne.be

Building a cabin in Sweden, Swedish countryside, Dalarna, Belgian artist and photographer in Sweden, www.Fenne.be

Most of our summer plans fell through. Friends had their flights canceled, color codes for travel got in place and today’s world is simply not that of a summer ago. Some of those plans, such as the renovation of my studio, are postponed for a year because it is not opportune to go and huddle around everywhere in search of the right materials. But the creation process has anything but come to a standstill. At the moment I can’t share anything about it, but because of the delay and the time we have to take to think and plan well, some plans have just become more extensive and more thoughtful – and I think the result will be one that I will happily share here too :-).

Building a cabin in Sweden, Swedish countryside, Dalarna, Belgian artist and photographer in Sweden, www.Fenne.be

Until the end of June, there were also rules in force here that limited our freedom of movement in time and distance, and that led us to the decision to work this year on all those chores that we have been putting off for so long, such as repairing a staircase, painting of the sauna, freshen up a few doors and so on. While we nail and glue, tape, and proudly admired that clean white kitchen ceiling, we got excited about an extra summer project: building a small cabin!
It took a while to find a model that appealed to both of us and how we could get the right permit. In the end, both the application and the approval went much more smoothly than the materials to arrive here. Due to corona, the delivery time was considerably delayed, but the joy was immense when finally the beeping of the truck could be heard through open windows. A few large packs of wood, insulation, and a manual were dropped as we were eager to get started. Now that we live here in Sweden, we have to build a cabin at least once, hey, that’s a national sport here

Building a cabin in Sweden, Swedish countryside, Dalarna, Belgian artist and photographer in Sweden, www.Fenne.be

We opted for a budget-friendly solution: a construction kit of raw materials to install yourself, but with a minimum of sawing and thinking. Well, it remains quite a puzzle, but we didn’t have to come up with a plan ourselves so that we can focus on building together. The sun is out, the radio blares happily and in the meantime, the doggies are playing happily in the garden.

Building a cabin in Sweden, Swedish countryside, Dalarna, Belgian artist and photographer in Sweden, www.Fenne.be

And if we get too hot, we jump in the lake to refresh. Aaah that is great!
Mo is just wondering what I’m doing in the water while both she and her ball are still floating around there 🙂
– I put the old yoga mat on the sup because I let Mo jump off my board after her ball, and then lift her on board again. That way I protect the surface a bit. You can read more about paddling with dogs here.

 

Building a cabin in Sweden, Swedish countryside, Dalarna, Belgian artist and photographer in Sweden, www.Fenne.be