Hut on the whale
In one year, the family transformed a dark 1960s cabin into a light and airy navy cabin
Now they spend all their free time here and they constantly have new projects in the works.
– I feel like I’m home, Anne-Catherine says with a smile.
Growing up, her family had a country home on Hvaler, and she spent many summers here among coral reefs, islets, and salt water.
As an adult, she traveled abroad often during the holidays with her husband, Hans-Olav, and her children, Mathilde and Matthias.
They could have a cabin, and even in Hvaler, it was a far fetched idea for her.
– Hans-Olav was the first to start talking about this topic a few years ago, and I thought it was interesting and wonderful to have a fixed place to travel to, you say.
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View in the fog
The criteria were that it should not be too far from Fredrikstad where they lived, and they wanted a summer cottage near the sea.
The family went to several shows, before making the trip to Skjelsbutoppen on a cold and foggy March day. There were few exhibits.
– There was so much mist that we couldn’t see the view here, and inside there were yellowing pine nuts all around. But she says the cabin is well maintained and we saw it could be nice here just by being painted in the first place.
Establishment year: 1962
Area: 48 square metres
Exterior: wood panels
Ceiling: roof panel
Room layout: kitchen, living room, bathroom, two bedrooms, hallway
Amenities: Cistern water with pump, 40 square meter balcony, four parking spaces by the cabin wall, electricity, outdoor use, private dock
The cabin soon became theirs and the family began painting almost immediately. They also demolished the kitchen wall to get a view from the galley and a more open cabin.
– The wall where we have the fireplace is gone today. It’s great to enjoy a beautiful sea view while cooking, says Anne-Catherine.
The cupboards in the living room and dining table were left over from the previous owners. Ann-Kathrin liked the blue of the cabinets and also painted the ceiling a light blue to match.
She painted and renovated dining tables and chairs. They chose the colors on the basis that the cabin is by the sea and they wanted it to be bright.
– I love reusing and I love new, and I think we’ve achieved a great mix here, she says.
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Dishwasher with cistern
The cabin had no electricity or water when he took over in the spring of 2021, and for the first few months they only used the small solar system that was in there.
It was barely enough to charge a mobile phone, so they had to add electricity. Rainwater cisterns seem to work very well, and they take drinking water with them.
– We have installed a dishwasher connected to the cistern. Many may think that it uses a lot of water.
—but actually uses less water than you’d use to wash large dishes by hand, says Anne Katherine.
In the cabin, they have a short commute home and work, and can easily get out there for one night. And although it is a summer cottage, they use it all year round.
The cabin isn’t that big, and with wood burning it gets hot quickly, even in winter. The whales are quieter in the winter when the tourists leave, so they enjoy the peace of the hut.
– Many people close the cabin before winter, but we don’t. Then the cabin season will be very short.
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