cleaning and insulating the top floor ceiling…

…and open the ceiling for our new stairs (to come).
that was what the to-do-list of our attic claimed the other day.
We’ve been prepared with a whole lotta elbow grease and new wooden planks, our plan was:
– removing the old planks
– building a new hole in the ceiling/floor for our stairs.
– cleaning the space between ceiling and floor
– place some insulation material inbetween the wooden beams and
– cover it again with the new planks

As you know I’m pretty optimisitc naive when it comes to my time-appraisals to finish a task like this. I thought it would take only one day to get it all done. what a miscalculation! We’ve finished 1/3rd of the floor per day – so it took us three days in a row to get it all done!
My Dad, Martin and Ray started to remove the planks to have a look at the gaps. What a mess awaited us under the floorplanks.. dust, leaves and other tree-stuff, concrete splits and dust, and aproximately 1trillion broken opened cherry stones (which have been cracked by mice over the last 100 years; have no idea how they managed to get there!?)
The boys supported the ceiling so that they could cut through the timber beams.
Martin cut right through a nail! I think if you want to do that on purpose you’ll fail.. please don’t tell Martins grandpa (it’s his chainsaw with a new chain! I think we will need to buy him a new one because the nail action blunt the chain pretty much!)
We put a new beam in and mounted the other ones on this new one.


And because it’s an old house and you’ll never know what you get it can always get worst:
We discovered that the middle of the first beam was completely rotten.  The wood was like paper,  you could break it between your fingers! We resumed that happend after a water ingress over decades. The rotten spot was exactly on the same place where a window have been (which had most likely a leaking windowsill!).
But I was glad we saw this early enough. My Dad and Martin fixed it with 3 planks which they screwed alongside the beam.


After the gap for the stairs was finished my brother Schorsch (who had a short night) appeared as the relief for Ray (who had to leave earlier that day).
We began with the insulation of the floor/ceiling and got our hands on the beautiful insulation material: W O O L

We purchased it from the austrian company Isolena, who specialized in the production of ecologic and wholesome thermal insulation material. They discovered that sheep wool is just perfect for that job! It got excellent results in insulation values and it’s so much more fun to work with! You don’t need a mask or anything. You don’t even need a knife to cut it – just rip it apart.  It doesn’t itch and it’s extremely cosy! I really enjoyed working with this material! (although it doesn’t look like I enjoyed balancing on the beams (photo below) I really enjoyed working with the wool!)
We covered some more planks and treated ourselves with some delicious Faschingskrapfen. (kind of doughnut filled with apricot jam)
While having our 0’clock beer we put up the ladder with the same pitch our stairs will have and realized that they are going to be one steep stairs! phew!


trade fair – Bauen & Energie Wien

Martin, Ray and I went to the fair! In Viennas trade fair center we visited the biggest of them all .. a must for folks like us who are renovating or building a new home from scratch. You can find almost everything there – from interiors like floors and doors to windows, get advice, or find the right constructor, get informed about new engergy efficient technologies or buy some stairs – like we did! (can’t belive it either but in a few weeks we’re going to have beautiful new steel stairs infront of our house! YEAH!)

We started the day early (9 am) and the first thing we did at the fair center: we had breakfast! Ha, all three of us had a lack of sleep the night before (due to some partying) …but I was really proud we made it there anyway. Breakfast was excellent and we were ready to go and get our brains packed with information! overkill here we come!
Martin and I had been on the hunt for the perfect floor-heating system in our attic. Without any workable solution so far.
One good reason for us to visit the fair, we wanted to find the right underfloor-heating-thing in one of the exhibition halls.
The requirements are simple: easy to install but most of all we need a system that is lightweight so that our wooden ceiling will support it. We saw different types but I think we will go with this one. (not only because its so fancy! all polished metal!)
There has been a whole exhibition hall full of interior basics like floors, doors, windows and whirlpools!

And I had the opportunity to finally meet some of the lovely contractors and people from companies I’m emailing back and forth with questions and cost estimates. Like Sandra Graller of Beton Ciré. I was thrilled to finally meet her and chatting about her Atelier, while Ray was fascinated by the material and got information about the workshops they offer. (We thought about attending a workshop where you learn how to work with the material beton ciré. Ray is thinking of using it in his bathroom redo. Looking forward to that!)
I absolutely fall for the Corporate Design of Sandras company! Really classy and trés chic!
I’m glad we finally bought a stair! It’s a stairway-assembly-kit so still some work left for us.. I’ll show you the whole thing in a few weeks while we install it (with a little help of our friends of course!).

We’ve been at the fair the whole day and when our tummies rumbled for the second time that day we decided to treat ourselves with some great mexican food in a delicious place right next to the fair center!
What a beautiful, funny and interesting sunday it was! Thanks Martin and Ray for taking me to the fair and thanks to the team of Bauen&Energie Wien for the warm welcome!