working sewer – part 2

I’ve already mentioned the wonderful day we got all the plumbing done for our sewer pipes and that everything happend before lunch! (on some days everything goes according to plan … and if it doesn’t: Stop doing that and think what you could do instead, or call it a day and go to the movies or something).

In the afternoon the sun came out and we worked a little more on our sewer: covered the drains with soil and sand and Martin did his favorite job at the site: playing working in the garden with his tractor!
We were in good company as my cousin Andrea and her son Toby visited us at the treehouse.
Martin and Toby worked really hard on leveling our garden!
Toby instantly tried the new off-road-bike trail! and I think he liked it!
After that we’ve explored the new VELUX windows and the view on top of our treehouse.
Toby and Martin had a little chat about cars, tractors and boy-stuff and relaxed in the sunshine on some self-installed ACC-block benches while looking at their work and the leveled garden! Excellent job boys!

It was a really special afternoon we spend together as we normally just see eachother only once (or less) a year (face to face. of course we keep in touch via skype). Andrea lives with her husband Ben (Hi mate!) and Toby in Sydney! I really miss them!

I whish beaming (in the star-trek sense of definition) would already be invented… I’d love to drop by them every now and then for a yummy “pizza Musico” and some o’clock drink in their garden Down Under!


working sewer! yeah!

Do you remember a few weeks ago I told you about our sewer-fail-weekend.
Although we tried to ignore this topic (at a site there are always things that need to be done … destractions are everywhere!) we knew that we had to do something about it…. so we tried (the installing part) again… this time around with better conditions.
We already prepared some holes a few weeks ago with our crew and we had a company hired to drill through our foundation of solid reinforced concrete. (have a look at the drill core – looks almost like Terrazzo!) They did a great job winding through 1m of concrete and steel.
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The bigger problem now was the old existing sewer pipe we had to install our new one to. The municipal administration refused to renew the pipe underneath the street so we had to work with the existing old ceramic tube. yeah!
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Martin removed the part of the tube that was broken and full of cracks and we installed our new tube to the first solid part of the existing one.
After the first few pipes were set everything looked pretty good and we worked our way from the existing sewer level towards the house and our hole in the foundation.
My Dad messuring the level of the big cleaning shaft. And some roots… with a giant tree next to your house you have to deal with roots almost EVERYWHERE!
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The tube was installed through the foundation of the extension and the house into our basement.
Martin and my Dad ajusting the last parts of the pipeline.
we’ve been really glad to cross this one off our list!
(and all of that happend before lunch! I love those days when everything is working out so well!)
I’ll get back to you what we did in the afternoon. stay tuned.


getaway … to Graz

As one of my favorite bloggers Bre wrote lately – it’s important to treat yourself every once in a while. The best treat while being stuck in such a renovation project as we are is some LEISURE TIME!
That’s why I surprised Martin a few weeks ago with a small “thank you note” and voucher to short escape to Graz. I booked a night in one of the most beautiful Hotels I’ve ever been to. It was amazing. Everything was just perfect! The food, the staff, the room, the design…
We were also able to take Gustav with us because dogs are welcome in the Hotel Wiesler. Yeah!
As we entered the room we were just amazed by all the great design and beautiful, modern interior. Stunning, I tell y’all!
Look at the cute little “bookhouses” next to the bed! Love them and can’t wait to DIY them.
And I cannot tell you how much I loved the bathroom. It was an ensuite, with metro tiles (really rare in Austria!) and the idea of glass brick for the bathroom dividing-wall is great too!
After we had a yummy meal at the Speisesaal downstairs we must force us to go for a walk with Gustav (because the room was just to beautiful and cosy to leave it!)
Gustav wore his little hoodie.. I know that is kind of cheesy. But Pitbulls have an almost naked belly and really short hair, so as we (unfortunately) don’t live in sunny California we need to cover him to keep him warm during the chilly Austrian fall/winter season.
Also a beautiful feature in the room are two raw walls.. with all the different old paint layers left as they are. (we are thinking of doing the same with one wall in the treehouse)
The next day I surprised myself:
Normally I’m more the “taking-a-shower-girl”… but in the morning when the boys went out for a walk I couldn’t resist taking a bath in the beautiful tub surrounded by the oriel windows with an amazing view.. I kind of getting the idea what all the “taking-a-bath-lovers” are talking about.


the Speisesaal in the morning
Good bye Hotel Wiesler! Hope to see you again sometime soon!