floor heating in our attic

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As you might already know the Austrian climate requires some serious heating systems for the long and cold winternights (and days). As a matter of prudence we thermally insulated our house (almost) from head to toe to cut down our energy costs and to be able to keep up with the high standards regarding thermal insulation in renovations in Austria.
For our attic we chose a floor heating system we saw for the first time at the fair visiting the Wolf Bavaria booth.

Its a slim and  lightweight solution, which is perfect for our timber construction floor. And it was supereasy to work with.
Let me show you what we did:

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With all the materials you get a detailed plan from Wolf Bavaria telling you exactly where to start (red mark) and which of the panels need some cutting (green dots). The yellow panels are “blind” ones (without heating supply) to support our nursery wall.
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The panels are made of cardboard with solid aluminium surface and slots for the tubes. For more detailed information visit the slimline website.
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Againa, we had a lot of helping hands on the construction site this time. Ray gave us a helping hand as well as Schurl, my dad and Martin’s coworker who is also called Martin. Welcome on board/back and thanks for the help guys!
Surprise guest of the day was my dear friend Uli who didn’t came empty handed. She brought a beautiful basket filled with all sorts of delicious stuff she made/harvested from her appletrees! (look at the size of the apples! incredible!) such great and healthy on site catering! Thank you!
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And while the ladies had a little chat downstairs the boys continued to work on the floor heating. You can work rather fast with this system the only thing that took a little more time was: placing and installing the floor sockets. But as the panels are easy to adjust and cut we had no problem in placing the sockets.
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The crew worked their way through the room and following the provided plan. They cut the panels with a jigsaw and filed the edges a little to avoid injuries of the tube with the rather sharp edges.
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The walls (for the nursery and a little storage room) are going to stand on solid panels also provided with the whole floor-heating package. They are the same height and width as the heating panels which again makes the system work perfectly!
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After a few hours we had all 50 square meters covered and the next day my dad, Martin and I installed the heating tubes.
…Acutually, they installed the tubes and I covered the splice with some fancy looking alu-tape. (guess what I’ll use for wrapping the xmas presents this year… just kidding!)

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Looking forward to some warm feet this winter!

 

running water

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Last weekend was a truly happy one for us. Our plumber was on location to install all the tapware and water supply stuff. He worked really fast and got our bathroom installed as well as the kitchen (water and gas-fired hob) as well as the L O O !
Yes! We are a 21st century household with the possibility to now pass water without leaving the house. (which comes in oh-so-handy if you are 27 weeks pregnant and you feel like peeing every 2 minutes!)
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I’ll do a detailed post about our beautiful bathroom (and the vanity) as soon as possible. so stay tuned..

 

our new IKEA kitchen – the assembly

After one week of preparations we continued the work with the little help of Jantschy, Tinka, Schorsch and our kitchen mastermind aka Tinkas dad, who had some experience with assembling (IKEA) kitchens. I’m so glad he joined the team… without him, his knowledge and his toolbox it would have taken forever! Let me tell you assembling your kitchen is not a walk in the park and the IKEA assembly service is probably worth EVERY penny!
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Tinkas dad arrived with a bunch of extra tools…
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After we’ve mounted the wall suspension rail we started with the first cabinet (we made sure that every drawer and cabinet is marked with our tape number system and also all additional screws and stuff was in a little box inside the cabinet so it was much faster to know which piece goes where) Organization is everything! (although we doesn’t look very organized on the photo below)
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As soon as all the cabinets were put in place we mounted the countertop. (We choose a white worktop with a high gloss finish and a solid aluminium edge) it’s devided by the beautiful ceramic Domsjö sink. (It was a good idea to choose this sink not only because its really beautiful but also because it saved us a lot of trouble: the worktop units can only be delivered until a lenght of more or less 3m and our kitchen is a little longer than 4m; so we decided to put a Domsjö sink between a short worktop and the long one and voilá you don’t need to patch up the countertops!)
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After we mounted the worktop and the sink Tinkas dad sawed the hole for the hob and we mounted the runners for the drawer and screwed the single cabinets together.
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We put the kitchen appliances in place while Schorsch and Tinka took a little (and well deserved) break in the evening sun!
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Schorsch was in charge for ajusting the drawers. (you can level them with small screws on the side of every drawer). While my mum showed total physical determination in mounting the Omlopp LED light system for illuminating the drawers. Unfortunately, the wires (of most of the strips in the left hand of the kitchen) are too short to reach the electronic transformer unit so we need to extend them. But we could testrun one of the cabinets and I love it (as much as my dad… look at the photo below! what a happy face!)
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We had a little trouble with mounting 3 drawer fronts to one unit (for the fridge and the dishwasher) – we still got no solution for the dishwasher though, but the Dads helped us to cover the fridge which turned out really good and worked pretty well in combination with our fridge (I think if you go with the IKEA appliances you won’t have any trouble at all but working with third party appliances can be tricky).
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I can’t wait to get rid of the blue protection film! … but like always there are a few things to do in advance of unwraping the cabinets (get a backsplash, repaint some corners and scratches on the walls). But we are close….
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