House for a Drummer Bornstein Lyckefors Stands Out Among the Swedish Countryside

Completed in 2016, this home from Sweden has been built for a single father with two children. The owner’s interests include music (he’s a drummer), sailing and nature.


The architecture firm Bornstein Lyckefors were responsible for creating a comfortable home, that would promote his interests. As such, the project has been titled “House for a Drummer”.



The house can be found among the countryside of Karna in Sweden. It overlooks rolling hills to the front and woodlands to the rear. The property has a relatively small footprint, but contains three levels that give it a total floor area of 1,754.52-square-feet (163-square-meters).



The exterior is finished in an almost barn-red color. The architects have opted for a simple boxy form, which is vertically clad with wood siding. The use of wood continues through to the home’s interior, where it becomes obvious that it’s not only used as a finish material, but also for the structure.


The living spaces are finished in muted grey tones with wood highlights found in the ceilings, furniture pieces and around window and door openings. The overall aesthetic is minimalist; there are very few decorative elements.


Windows can be found on every wall and on every floor of the home. They capture specific views of the outside landscape – the hills in the distance, or a patch of woodland. Half of the ground floor is taken up by an open plan living room, dining area, and kitchen. The other half is dedicated to a bathroom, snug/library and a utility room.


The first floor contains two children’s bedrooms, another bathroom and a lounge (complete with space for a drum kit). The third and final floor contains the master bedroom and plenty of closet space.


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Photos © Mikael Olsson

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.