Bartłomiej Kraciukand and Marta Puchalska-Kraciuk built The Bookworm Cabin with the intention of immersing themselves in nature and catching up on reading. The cozy 377-square-foot cabin is set on a wooded plot just 31 miles outside of Warsaw near the town of Mazovia, and the property’s lush forest and sand dunes became the launching point for the couple’s initial design concept.
"I just loved staring at this landscape—but how long can you do that for?" asks Kraciuk. "Maybe longer if you are indoors facing a big window, sitting on a comfy chair. Still, how long can you endure this? That’s when the idea to fill it with books came in. That way one can sit, stare, and have a reason for it—the reason being reading a book."
She took one of the design firm’s cabin concepts and modified it for the bibliophile dwelling. "We made minor changes to the colors, window arrangement, and some interior design, and the house was ready," says Kraciuk.
The Bookworm Cabin was intended as a getaway for the couple’s family, but they also rent it out during the rest of the year. "We wanted a cabin to detach from everyday life," says Kraciuk. "Yet from the start we knew that we would have the time to visit a few times in a year at most."
The cozy cabin is split between two levels, with 269 square feet on the first floor and a 108-square-foot sleeping loft. Space is used wisely—a full bathroom is tucked underneath the stairs, bookcases filled with hundreds of books line the interior, and a kitchenette stands against the far wall.
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"The building is quite small, yet it has everything you need and nothing more," says Kraciuk. "It fits two people comfortably."
Throughout the cabin, organic materials like wood echo the forested great outdoors. The cabin’s exterior is clad in pine, and the deck and roof are made of spruce.
A wall of windows at the cabin’s front facade stands over 16 feet high. Oversized wood shutters are designed to lock and protect the house when it’s vacant and to provide privacy at night. "Despite their size, they are quite easy to use," says Kraciuk.
Inside, the frame is spruce with pinewood walls and VOX oiled oak flooring. Furnishings and decor are mostly from VOX as well, with a handful of vintage and custom pieces mixed in.
The cabin was finished in June, and since its completion the owners have been flooded with reservation requests. This year is completely full, and all weekends up through May 2020 are booked. Reserve your stay at the Bookworm Cabin now.
Builder: Naturalne Domy
Flooring and Furnishings: VOX
Books provided by publishing partner: Wydawnictwo Albatros