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Re^2: You may recall that Jack wanted a house overlooking the sea...

The Last of the True French Short Bastards
ewadams@designersnotebook.com
Thu May 18


On Wed May 17, Joe McWilliams wrote
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>Wish you joy of your purchase, Frenchie. My goodness, Gotland! Out there! (Says the guy who lives in northern Alberta)
>The empty interior shots remind me of the item on Jeopardy tonight, for which the question was: 'What is minimalism?'

Thank you! The current owner has never really lived in it, so the furniture is indeed rather minimalist. We are furnishing it from scratch from (where else?) IKEA. It will look a bit more comfy after that, although we won't let it get cluttered up. The idea is to be able to rent it out when we're not there.


Wed May 17 Re: You may recall that Jack wanted a house overlooking the sea... Bob Bridges was already deleted


Re^2: You may recall that Jack wanted a house overlooking the sea...

The Last of the True French Short Bastards
ewadams@designersnotebook.com
Thu May 18


On Wed May 17, Bob Bridges wrote
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>I'm interested by the contrast between the appearance of the two sides of the house: so plain facing the road, so attractive—so beautiful—facing the sea.  The opposite of what I instinctively expect, assuming that the road side is the "front" of the house.

>That's a lot of glass; I wish you may not have too much trouble heating the place in the winter.

>Sure is beautiful.

Thank you. The original house consisted of a tiny little cottage with only three rooms: a kitchen, a small nook for eating in, and an adjacent bedroom. No bathroom. Even to this day a number of Swedish summer houses only have an outhouse ("a jakes, or privy?"). Since then it has been expanded considerably, adding the living room, upstairs, glassed-in "veranda" (the former porch), and bathroom. The deck is also new.

It's all triple-glazed with argon in between the panes. The heating is done by a heat pump, electric oil-filled radiators, underfloor heating (popular in Sweden), and the two stoves, one of which heat-recapturing. A lot of firewood comes with the property. We'll have to see about what it's like in winter, but I'm fairly confident. If not, we'll supplement with little electric floor fan heaters.


Thu May 18 Re: You may recall that Jack wanted a house overlooking the sea... A-Polly was already deleted


Re^2: You may recall that Jack wanted a house overlooking the sea...

The Last of the True French Short Bastards
ewadams@designersnotebook.com
Thu May 18


On Thu May 18, A-Polly wrote
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>It's beautiful — congratulations!  When should we show up for the forum housewarming?

>...and if I may be so bold (and nosy) to ask, what steered you toward Gotland?

Thank you! The housewarming will be in about three weeks.

I'm a senior lecturer at the Uppsala University Campus Gotland. My appointment there is part-time, but I'm planning to increase my contribution from about 50% to 66%. We got tired of paying exorbitant rents and decided to buy a place that we could rent out ourselves in the summers. Gotland is sort of the Hawaii of Sweden, a hugely popular tourist destination, and just about everyone on the island who owns real estate rents it out to visitors if they can.


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