Swedish-inspired backyard cottage works as secluded oasis home

loves travel and traditional Swedish . In 2013, she had a little- 5000-square-foot backyard subject to relaxed building codes, so she began designing a Scandinavian-inspired cottage that would give her the freedom to live -free.

Working around decades-old redwood and walnut trees, Su and her architect built an L-shaped 500-square-foot home (700-sq-ft, including the loft) that feels like a leafy, quiet oasis in the middle of urban .

Despite having to swap the customary wood for red corrugated metal siding, the home pays homage to the Swedish originals and everything has been touched by Su's design aesthetic. Plywood walls and floors kept the costs down. The shower was lined with leftover siding which with its skylight covered with walnut branches gives it an indoor/ feel. Su recycled an old to create an outdoor bathing experience on the back .

Su Pang graphic design: https://www.somethingsaboutsu.com/


  1. She’s a minimalist but got a gazillion clutter. I like the design but she needs to get rid of many things. Just my thoughts.

  2. Hello fellow millennials! Wanna live worse than your parents while also spending more money? DO I HAVE A SHED IN A BACKYARD FOR YOU

  3. I’m guessing the branches and foliage tacted up on the walls are her, “art pieces”, she was referring to as her art… Then of course, they are just that…

  4. Amazing, charming, functional home that Su has built! Other than the loft bed, it’s definitely a home I would enjoy living in. I love the Swedish styling.

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