The house is located in Austria, in a wine region on the countryside near Vienna. It’s hard to tell how old it is… we guess around 80 to 100 years. It was a former vintners house where they pressed and prepared the grapes and made wine. Years later (in the 50ies) a viennese family bought the house as a summer retreat. They built another story on top and instead of logging the huge Linden tree right next to the house they decided to built the roof around the tree. What a beautiful and innovative idea! (but over the years the tree grew bigger and bigger and burst the roof.)
We bought the house back in 2007 fully funished but in need of a renovation. It seemed like the owners had left in the 70ies (calender from 1973 was still up) and didn’t return. It was a timecapsule with a lot of beautiful vintage furniture (we saved a lot of it and we’ll be putting it back in once everything is finished).
I took some photos with my beloved Mamiya RB in 2007 to capsule the house before we started to empty it. (See more of the photos I did that day in this post):
Anyway, it took us another 6 years to decide we want to revive it and make it our home.
In 2013 Martin and I (and a whole lot of our friends and family) started with a massive renovation:
The old extension was in a very bad condition so we had to remove it as well as the roof (also to free the tree!). So far we opened some walls for bigger windows, renewed all the electicity installations and installed a heating system.
A lot of big and small steps towards a cosy home still to come…
The house is a small 1 story home.(60 m2 / 645 sf ground plan area per floor) We kept the floor divisions more or less like the former owners did.
We use one part of the ground floor for installations (technic center) and the other one as a “garden room” where we throw cosy Christmas parties.
Our first floor is the main living floor, we removed all interior walls and built some new ones. On this mainfloor there’s the openplan kitchen and livingroom, the “treeroom” with an incredible window, a bathroom and in our extension we got a tiny hall, a toilet and a small cubby room.
The attic will be our bedroom and storage place.
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Katharina & Martin