Nine out of ten meals are eaten outside
The sea lies like an open wreath around the nest of Flekkerøy outside Kristiansand. When the wind is on, the tree trunks shine along the path in the coastal forest, which is the way to the cottage.
There are good patios that shine for the wind. Cecilie Tambs and Stein Otto Daatland hook up the kitchen window and attach it in a suspension made by architect Sven Tallaksen in the 1960s. He designed the cottage for himself and his.
– When we took over in 2012, it happened quickly, within just two days. We had a week left of our holiday and could put it in use right away. Imagine, the architect’s wife baked cakes and rescued us the first night we slept here!
The cottage is built into a slope, which made it natural to lay it on two levels. Level two, where the kitchen is located, forms a half floor with full ceilings. From there there is access to an outdoor space towards the mountain behind the cottage. Here the light is soft and nature is close. Only the movements in the grass reveal the wind. The plastic roof over the outside room was reared by moss, and dirty after many years in open air, they changed it out. But it has never been appropriate to build the living room. The coastal forest and the mountain give a warm feeling, there are walls enough.
– Fortunately, we lived in the surroundings here before we got hold of it. This way we have avoided making irreparable errors. We are so happy that we kept the living room as it were. And we have retained the natural vegetation with its diversity, says Stein Otto.
– Nine out of ten meals we go outside, usually in the open sky. On the small terrace outside the living room with a view over the sea, or in the comfort of the living room behind the cottage. Here too we can enjoy the view, “says Stein Otto.
Bright inside and out
When the doors are opened, the cottage is covered by summery sea air. The color palette inside is soft and comfortable, without strong contrasts that compete with the view. Almost all surfaces are painted light so that daylight is reflected in the rooms. The fact that the cottage is located in the terrain makes it a lot of space.
It’s just a short trip by boat to the fisherman’s restaurant on the quay in Kristiansand. Out to Flekkerøy they can travel on or under water, a tunnel under the sea connects the island to the mainland. The sea road is the absolute fastest way to the cottage, called the cottage.
– Here we are close to the city, it only takes 5-10 minutes by boat to Fiskebrygga. The good thing about it is that it is easy for friends to come and we appreciate it!