storage room with salvaged wood & our former kitchen backsplash

Do you remember? Back in summer 2013 when we got rid of our floor and all the sand underneath…

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I made my weight for the old kitchen floor. We rescued it in one piece and although Martin was not a big fan of keeping the huge piece of wooden planks he agreed.
Fast forward to 2015. Early this year Martin, my cousin Robert and his girlfriend Claudia helped us to use those beautiful wooden planks to cover our storage room in the attic with all the wood.
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After my dad took the floor apart we had 11 planks. Martin brushed and sanded them and I oiled them roughly with a slightly white tinted wood oil.
I used some cloth to do that and immediately whiped off the oil as soon as I brought it onto the wood (I just wanted the wood to be slightly white washed). Please be careful and read the instructions on the tin! If your oil is not 100% natural (olive or linseed) those cloth have to be stored in a bucket of water after use because they are flammable and combustible!
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Can you spot the difference? One of the planks had been installed without the oil treatment! The white-wash gives it a lighter look and preserve it from getting dark or yellowish.
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As we did tiles as a kitchen backsplash (just because we had so many spare tiles left from the bathroom) we thought of reuse one of the beautiful old salvaged windows as a balustrade next our new staircase.
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We built a frame again with the construction timber to fit one of the windows in… after a few adaptions (which my dad used to buoy up the spirits!) it fitted perfectly.
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The next day I painted the green side of the window white also to give it a lighter touch (the green paint was in a really bad state from all the sun and harsh weather conditions over the last 40 years!)
I love it when all the pieces come together. The house is completed more and more and all the salvaged pieces finally find their way into our project!

 

wallpaper – part 1

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Our hall was still just rendered (a little) and left like this. But we wanted to paint the wood and we thought working with a lining paper – a thick and broad wallpaper which covers the edges of the wood and gives a smooth wall-like look.
The lining wallpaper made already a huge difference but we decided to go with a decor wallpaper as well (in the toilet and the hall).
I choose a nautic themed wallpaper for the toilet (for obvious reasons) and a more graphic one for the hall.
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The next step is to cover the electrical stuff under some nice refurbished wood… speaking of recycling wood: you’ll love what we did with some old wooden planks from our kitchen floor…

 

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!