Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Summer 2017 at Kullfallet

Here are some misc smaller projects I finished at Kullfallet last summer, but was too busy to blog about.

I am patiently awaiting spring to move back into the cottage. 


The Kullfallet cottage is really small. It is a 35 m2 house (375 sqft) with a hall/vestibule, a kitchen, a bedroom, a bathroom and a closet. It was originally built as a log house sometime in the mid 1800s, then expanded with a hall and a new roof in the early 1900s. It had been in serious disrepair for a long time when I bought it. 

The only original part left is the log frame and the chimney, everything else I had to replace. It might have been easier to just burn it to the ground and start from scratch. But in a way I'm happy that I kept it, because every time I enter the house, I see a bit of history in the original logs, reminding me of my Swedish heritage.


The kitchen floor got replaced. These were built just like in the bedroom, using 145x45 mm (6" x 2") joists, mineral wool insulation and spruce floor boards. I screwed OSB boards to the walls. I then applied putty to the walls with a paint roller to give them a rough finish, and two layers of orange paint.

I prepared the concrete foundation of the fire wood boiler, and finished off with some nice looking tiles.

I finished the walls, windows and trim, and then built the kitchen sink frame with its drawers.

The left-overs from the floor boards became a kitchen table.


I put up wind and snow protection from decking board on each side of the entrance, and then built a bench, which I enjoyed sitting on in late summer evenings.

The entrance also got a concrete step.


I built a foldable ladder to reach the attic. To prevent cold air to come down from the attic, I built a mineral wool insulated hatch, with a counter-weight raising mechanism.


I nailed Masonite boards on the floor and ceiling of the bathroom, then installed a plastic carpet. Walls and ceiling were painted with three layers of moisture proof white paint. I found a cheap shower cabin online which was delivered to me by truck.

Although I still have to heat the shower water on my stove, this was a huge upgrade for me, because it meant no more showers outside in the rain, snow and strong winds.

Luckily I found a small sink that fit perfectly in the small space next to the shower.

I drilled two 100 mm holes through the walls; one in the bathroom and one in the kitchen, to provide ventilation.



Instead of installing a proper toilet and black water sewer system in the house, I decided to keep things simple and build an outhouse.

I dug up some peat from a nearby bog, which I sun-dried on a tarpaulin. The peat works very well for an outhouse to dry up liquids in the bucket, which will prevent odors.

As is custom in Sweden, a picture of the royal family hangs in the outhouse to provide some inspiration.

Firewood storage

I had a lot of old recycled wood, not really good for any important projects, so I decided to build a storage shed for firewood from it. Now temporarily used for storing construction wood.


I am lucky to have a small cellar near my house. It lacked a proper door though, so I built one. This cellar will be really useful to store food in.

A lot of old rotten construction wood got burned that summer.

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