This is the floor plan for the flat where I grew up at Brännkyrkagatan 44, 2nd floor, in Stockholm. I drew that from memory and I don’t have any measures for it. One bedroom flat with a hallway.
I lived here from 1943 until 1974 when I moved to Flemingsberg in Huddinge after moving back to Sweden after a couple of years in Israel. My father continued living here until his last days. He died on January 3rd, 1984. I haven’t been inside the building since we emptied the flat. Have just been outside when I’ve passed in the vicinity. I have no idea when my parents moved in here.
From outside the house looks just the same as I remember it. Behind the grey closure with graffiti on it used to be the common basement laundry for everyone in the house.
The house was one of the most modern in the block. We had both central heating and warm water (except from May to mid September when the landlord turned the heating and warm water off – could be very cold if the summer was cold). We also had WC inside, just one, but we had it, and a bathroom with a bathtub. I know that many of the houses in the block and across the street had their toilets downstairs and outside in the backside yard, and their bathrooms were in the basement for everyone in the house. I know that because I had classmates in the other houses which I sometimes visited. Our house was built in 1927.
As we lived towards the back of the house, north-facing, we did not have much of a view (and no sun)… To know how the weather was outside you had to open the window and lean out. Then, when you got out, it had changed, as you only saw a small portion of the sky… You were also unable to tell which season it was by looking out, unless it snowed. No greenery in sight anywhere. I remember my mother hated that.
I don’t have all that many pictures from this flat. If I find more, I will add them later.
The livingroom was open to the hallway, where I lived until my grandmother moved in with her sister Edit when I was around 12 and her son got married and moved out. I then got my grandmothers room, adjacent to the livingroom and the bathroom. My parents slept in the livingroom in a sofa bed. We also had a dog. How many square meters was that flat? I have no idea.
The livingroom was square and roomy as I remember it. I might have more pictures somewhere. That round vase on top of the cupboard still exists in my present home.
The dining corner was the place where we ate all meals. I never liked that red wall-paper there with the wild pattern… But my parents did. My father always sat at that place. I sat opposite him and my mother at the end of the table. I don’t remember her sitting much though, always getting up to fetch things. My mother passed away already on January 26th, 1964, from breast cancer that spread to several organs.
If I find more pictures I will add them later.