That’s why natural stone is a natural ingredient in all the cabins offered by the three co-owners. Borge himself is also a big fan of slate.
– I think log cabins deserve real, proper materials. Natural slate and timber work so well together and the combination looks lovely.
For Borge, it’s also about returning to something that lasts. Durability. Not only that the material itself lasts forever, but that it never goes out of fashion.
– Slate is not a trend. It’s simply a timeless material that’s hard not to love. And it’s surprising how much you can actually do to customise it. Depending on how you treat and prepare it, you can tighten up or change the design as you wish, says Borge.
And he is also noticing that more and more buyers are becoming aware of what “fits” in well with the mountains, and what doesn’t.
– We are experiencing a generally high demand for old craft traditions. Many people want their cabin to fit in and look authentic. There is a nostalgia surrounding natural materials such as timber and slate, while people are also noticing that these materials make buildings that last.
The dream cabins therefore come with an extensive use of natural stone, and also have several options that use slate, including in the bathroom. – This is an option many people use, says Borge.
– For example, we offer shower walls in whole slate slabs because many people think it’s a really tough material. I have a shower like this in my own cabin, and I think people pick up on my enthusiasm when I talk about it. It looks undeniably great, he says, adding:
– And then we use talented people who are good at creating the perfect finish. It’s all about using both the right impregnation and choosing the right surface for your slate.
On the bathroom floor, the company lays silk brushed Oppdal slate, a material with almost magical properties:
– I remember Minera Skifer told us that walking on silk-brushed Oppdal slate was like walking on linoleum. I didn’t really believe it until I tried it myself. But it’s true! It feels soft even though it’s stone, and it’s a feature many of our customers also remark on. Plus, it doesn’t get slippery, which makes it well suited to bathroom floors.
The feedback from Drømmehytta’s many customers is a fairly unison tribute to slate. Whole slate tiles in the shower are particularly popular.
– We often hear that this is something the cabin owners think is fun to show their guests. It’s not something everyone has, and it oozes quality and finish. And then there’s the quality. This is a material that’s impossible to wear out, after all. Imagine a 750-million-year-old Norwegian mountain. That’s a real product.
And for anyone thinking about going for slate in their own cabin bathroom, Borge has one tip: Ask for help.
– Slate’s versatility is a strength, but it also means that you shouldn’t just throw yourself into it. Find someone who knows the product. They can show you how to use natural stone to create a very specific appearance. The opportunities to create everything from a nostalgic look to a modern, stringent style are there, he concludes.
“Slate is not a trend. It’s simply a timeless material that’s hard not to love. And it’s surprising how much you can actually do to customise it. Depending on how you treat and prepare it, you can tighten up or change the design as you wish”
Co-founder Drømmehytta AS