our bathroom vanity

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As I mentioned a few month ago. We saved a beautiful marble and iron vanity from the basement to make it shine in new splendor.
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This is where we found it: under a lot of timber and stuff buried in the basement.
(the photo above is from 2007; where I took some quick photos while the real estate guy showed us the house. and: yes, my dad is was mister mustache!)
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We put it in a different spot where it waited for several years to get a little love. And this summer we found the time to finish it. (actually my mum did it because I was to preggo-sick to do it)
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We disassembled the vanity and brought the big marble panel to a stonemason who cut two holes into the marble surface (one for the faucet and one for the plug hole). We spent about 50 euros for the mason and maybe 20 for the paint and another 30 bucks for some special rust and stain remover. All together it was a pretty good deal for restoring the whole table.
Because of those clever investments we spoiled ourselves with choosing some supernice looking, high end, (rather pricy) fittings instead of going with the cheaper hardware-store-stuff.
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We chose Ideal Standard (shower) and hansgrohe (vanity) and I’m happy with both choices (although I couldn’t test the shower so far…).
Looks like the bathroom will be the first finished room in the treehouse.
In the treehouse basement we found another secret treasure… which I’ll explain to you in one of my next detailed posts… you would never guess what’s in the shabby old cupboard…
and I can’t wait to share it with you!
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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..