This small family holiday home in northern France has been designed by the Nantes-based studio, Raum. The family getaway features two mobile bedrooms that can be moved outside of the home to function as outdoor cabins.
Called the House in Sarzeau, the residence can be found on the edge of a small town in Brittany. The house was created for a family of four as countryside retreat, but it’s easy to see how it could easily be adapted for full-time use.
The blackened timber cladding helps the home to stand out against the drop of the forest. Unlike the exterior, the interior has been finished in a crisp white. The finish, coupled with several large window and patio door openings which flood the space in light, allow the living areas to feel anything but confined.
The windows frame views of the surrounding landscape, including both the forest and the town below. There are also two exterior deck areas. One is an enclosed and private space, while the other is much more public, and is accessed from the kitchen patio doors.
The first floor of the house is relatively simple. It features an open plan layout with the kitchen, dining, and living areas flowing into one another. The mobile bedroom pods are stored towards the house’s entrance, and when moved outside, they allow the home owners to expand their living area – an interesting idea that could perhaps be applied to the small house movement.
The house’s only bathroom is also found on the first floor, along with a separate toilet. The second floor is dedicated entirely to the master bedroom, which is probably big enough to fit two smaller, but reasonably sized rooms in.
From the architects: “The wheeled beds are something we suggested to the clients in order to replace the children’s bedrooms and to give different ways of living in the house. It also refers to traditional box-beds used at the beginning of the century in Brittany.”
Photos: Audrey Cerdan