easter getaway

We take a few days off from our construchtion site and our day-jobs to take a trip through Austria (literally! 900 km from one end of Austria to the other) We (Martin, Gustav and me) are going to visit my good friend Eva and her husband Jacob in Salzburg and after a short overnight-stay there we’re going much further west to visit Anja and her family in Vorarlberg. Looking forward to see them again! And celebrate Easter traditions with them. Keep my fingers crossed that the weather’s good.
You can follow our little roadtrip via Instagram or read my review in a view days on the blog.

Happy Easter!


thermal insulation – the roof – part I

The Austrian climate is a temperate one (and most of the time to cold for me! But I have to admitt: at the moment it’s pretty mild and almost spring. YEAH!) The houses over here are normally well provided with an excellent heating system, energy efficient insulated windows (at least with 2 or more panes) and if you want to have an attic to sleep in, like we do, you also need to insulate your roof. It’s like puting on a warm hat in winter.. only that the insulation will also help to keep your head cool in during warm summer nights too! (temperate climate as I told you: up to 35° C in summer and down to -20 in winter).
So insulation is a  M U S T in Austria.

Pretty early in our renovation process we discovered a material made by an Austrian company with very high standards and an amazing U-value (= a measure of heat loss in a building element such as a wall, window or roof; a low number indicates a better U-value). We ordered it and had the amazing amount of 76 bags full of blow-in-material and 5 huge towers of insulation panels awaiting in my parents tractor garage to be handled. (thank you mum & dad for your patience!)
I had two weeks off from work – in the first we worked on the attic floor and in the second we began with the insulation of the roof.
With the material comes a free introduction tutorial on how to work with the material. So Alpor send a skilled worker to us and we had also our most loyal and handy workers with us: Ray, Schorsch and my Dad.
We’ve been a little overvelmed with all the information and the harsh, caustically, rough commands we were yelled at by this (truely skilled but unbeliveably harsh) worker! phew! I think it’s not what you say, but how you say it… and this dude really couldn’t set the right tone.
Anyway. (Luckly we didn’t need to marry him but just learn the basics of insulating with the Alpor-system and that’s what we did!)

I think we moved 4 of those loads to the house. each day a new one (beacause the house is to small for storing them all at once!)
(my dad is just kidding with the bag on his shoulder… one of those had only less than 1kg!)
preparing the barrier foil which came between the trusses to avoid that the tiny insulation material will loose itself in the narrow gaps of the roof construction.
the boys learning how to mount the foil and my dad in the poor position of “the holder”.
After Martin finished from work he went straight to the treehouse to give us a helping hand. (thank you my ♥) He looked a little sceptic, because I think he wasn’t at all prepared to attend this insulating-boot-camp! (I guess I should have warned him..)
But we worked superfast and got so much done this first day.
Stay tuned to see how we did finish the instulation without the drill-sergent in my next post.


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!