kitchen planning

Our next item on the massive to-do-list brought us one step closer to a new home:
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We choose IKEA for some obvious reasons: value for money ratio!
Of course I wouldn’t mind to call a kitchen like this or this my own… But to be honest you need to keep our feet on the ground during such a major renovation. So we chose the one-and-only-option for us: IKEA.
Their kitchens are versatile, beautiful, modern, functional and have an awesome quality-for-money-ratio! A few month ago IKEA reinvented their kitchen system in Europe and called it: METOD.
I was afraid that they might also change all the designs of the doors. But they just improved it and I was even happier to see that our favorite finish was still available (just with a different name … I can live with that!)

So we went to IKEA and of course we took the “scenic route” through the whole store (I have to take advantage of having Martin at IKEA with me … that happens only once in a blue moon!)
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We finally made it through different “apartments” over to the kitchen department.
You need to get a number and within a few minutes a staff will help you.
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I fell in love with the 3d design called: Herrestad. Unfortunately these are just available in limited range of width so we cannot use them in our kitchen.
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The best way is to plan your IKEA kitchen is: be prepared! Do your homework!

Start with planing your kitchen roughly at home.
Model the room with the software, measure every window, door and wall and check your supplies (where is electricity or water,..). If you got that, choose the right cabinets and wall units and you can built your dream kitchen with all details. Don’t worry if you have any problems or difficulties. I had some too, but I did my best – saved my sketch online and at the store our advisor Petra smooth away all of my little errors and ajusted everything right down to the last detail! – she is a trooper!  (Petra for president – or at least IKEA CEO! Planning a kitchen with great staff makes so much more fun!) She also showed us the details in the sample kitchens.
My poorly designed kitchen looked like a real one within half an hour! Just magic!
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We got the perfect plan and a shopping list and as soon as our floor is ready we are going to order it! We chose this kitchen (you see me sitting and smiling in the sample kitchen beneath) It’s a simple, modern kitchen and we hope it to be visually-unobtrusive because it’s going to be one part of the big living room.
And of course we left with a few things we bought there… you can’t leave IKEA empty handed, right!?
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Can’t wait to have the first “Quesadillas and Taco night” in the treehouse kitchen!

 

black saturday

Altough it might occur to you differently but let me tell y’all: It’s not always sunshine and rainbows over here with our construction site.
It might be really tempting to just show you all our great achievements and milestones we reached on our way to the perfect little treehouse. But that’s not the case. Actually life can be tough some days. Let me be more specific:

Two weeks ago, Saturday, I recognized a crack in one of the 3 huge remaining branches of the tree (right where the branch grows out the trunk) I reported it to my treedoctors but as the wood in the middle was already gray I thought it’s ok if the specialists are coming on monday. 30 minuntes later I got a call from our neighbours telling me the branch was broken and hung above his carport and house.

S***!

I grabbed my camera and drove to the treehouse and while we waited for the firefighters to arrive I snapped a few photos of the scene.
The branch also hit our new extension. Although we’ve been lucky and it missed a construction beam within a few millimeters. So the damage is quite small repairable.
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The firefighters removed all the green branches and left the big branch for the specialists. Two days later our treedoctor of trust Mister Saller came with 5 man and a huge lifting platform. The two specialist Nick and Jeremy took a closer look at the tree and tried to figure out how to remove the branch without harming the tree or the extension (more than it was already harmed).
Step two was to get rid of the heavy leaves so they scraped out a lot of branches and leaves to drop weight.
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It was a busy day as the treedocs and the constructors of our sundeck worked on the constuction site that day.
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After a hole day of hard work (from Nick and Jeremy at least) they called it a day still cheerful and in good mood. Thank you so much for your fast operation and your good work!

Sorry for my radiosilence the last week but it didn’t feel right for me to go on with “normal”posts as long as the tree was in such an emergency situation. We’ll be back with the regular posting schedule next week. Thank you for your support. See you next week. All the best, Katharina.

 

new heavenly stairway

Ahoy, everyone.
I share a quick review of our new exterior. Show you the “how-we-did-it /whole-story” pictures in the next post.
until then here’s the short version:

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what do you think?
I really like the raw look of it and i think it looks amazing with all the wood… but maybe its just me sitting on my pink cloud of love-my-stairs-rapture! (it makes so much more fun to climb up the stairs instead of the ladder)
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