2007 Before Pictures

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I’m preparing some detailed ABOUT pages (about us, about the house, about the crew).. and while doing this I stumbled upon those real BEFORE photos of the treehouse. I took them back in 2007 when we just bought it. The house was a time capsule and it seemed like the owners had left for winter (they used the house as a summer retreat) but never returned since then. The calender from 1973 was still up!

All photos are shot on film with my beloved Mamiya RB67.

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drywall builder – part 1

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Last weekend we ended our slow & lazy start of the year sick leave with some drywall covering in our extension. Some time ago we covered the lower half of the walls (we needed to do that on time so that the floor screed could be filled in).
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It was the first sunny day within weeks and we’ve been lucky to welcome Codo, Jantschy and Toby on the site for giving us a hand with the wall finish.

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The boys had an elaborate system of working together.
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The first room was done really quickly and while they where still measuring, cutting and mounting panels I was upstairs in the attic and had to do some preparations for one of our next big projects: the thermal insulation of the roof.

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I needed to seal every hole and crack to make sure the house is air-tight. (Otherwise cold air will find its way through the cracks into the warm house, condensate there and mold will apear – much likely on spots you can’t see it for month… until it get’s harmful.) To prevent that and seal all of the tiny leaks I worked with polyurethane foam, which I really loved! (I know that may be political incorrect and environmental questionable but it’s really a lot of fun foaming around with this stuff.)

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Unfortunately this foam-stuff is also sticky as hell. And I got a unintentional haircut by Jantschy (some of this stuck in my tiny-neck-hair-fluff – OUCH!)
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But look at Jantschy’s face… I think he suffered as much as I did!

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stay tuned for some more photos still to come…

 

cement tiles

Hello. Let me introduce you to my new crush: cement tiles!
It was killer to unwrap the first pack of tiles we got a few weeks ago! (and since then I have two of those babies still in my room and look at them everyday, the surface is so soft and smooth… can’t wait to have them tiled in the bathroom) Look at these beauties!

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Cement tiles got a quite history – beyond just over here in Austria.
They were widely used in hallways of houses around 1900. Due to their durability they are still in use, so in Austria it’s quite normal to have such floors in old tenement buildings and residential houses.
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Those tiles are pretty thick (about 2 cm) and they consist of two layers: the motif layer (front) and the cement layer (backside).
They are extremely durable but also open-pored and the surface is sensitive to aggressive detergents.  As cement tiles are not fired, they derive their durability from the combination of finely dehydrated ground cement layer (back) and the pigment layer(front) which is hydraulically pressed into the surface and becomes a part of the tile. There’s not a glaze or paint layer on the surface of the tile but we’re going to varnish them with a sealer to make them resistant against (most) stains.
I’ll write a post about it as soon as we lived a few month with them and let you know what are the major do’s and don’ts of this material.

I found a little video about the making of those tiles at our suppliers homepage.
Take a look :