The Bakers and their two children went to their country house for a short spring break and ended up isolated there for six months. Let’s see how they found a place for everyone.
In March of this year, John and Julie Baker, along with their schoolchildren, planned a two-week vacation at their country house near Toronto, but because of the pandemic, they stayed there for six months.
There were few private rooms in the house, and distance learning and online work meetings took place simultaneously. A month later, the couple realized that they couldn’t do without a separate room on wheels near their home.
When the pandemic started, we were in isolation baking, gardening and cycling. But then school started for the children, and we had work. There wasn’t enough space.
The idea for the room on wheels was the image of a shepherd’s hut. Such huts were used in Great Britain during the lambing season of sheep.
The family was especially inspired by Thomas Hardy’s novel Far from the Madding Crowd, where one of the main characters owned a farm in the wilderness of Northern England.
We dreamed of an escape from reality, of a room where everyone could be alone with themselves.
The beauty of the room’s interior is in the details: there is an antique wood-burning stove at the entrance, and vintage decor: an egg scoop, brass utensils and an old typewriter.