new crew member – welcome LINDA

 

Please welcome our new family member.
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When we started the renovation I would never ever thought that we are going move in the treehouse as a family of three (or four with Gustav).
But here we are…
I also thought that being a mum is probably a pretty good thing… but let me tell you IT IS AMAZING! Like really, really, really the best thing ever happend to us! (I know that sounds so tacky but it really is!) and (so far) it’s less work (and even more fun) than renovating an old house from scratch!
I can highly recommend it!
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So here she is: our little miss treehouse. Linda.
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(I love the picture on the right.. its our first familyportrait.. a few hours after Linda was born )
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I hope to keep up with blog posts because there are so many cool things happening in the treehouse right now (we are going to move in within the next month…) and around our little family that I’d love to share with you. so please stay tuned.

 

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!

 

the staircase – finally!

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The staircase was (after the sewer!) a never-ending-story of our renovation. We had several carpenters on location but nobody could give us a good solution. We have been thinking about some steep loft stairs or those narrow space saving stairs which work as a shelf (I love them but Martin is not a big fan of those solutions) so we worked and lived for month with our good old wooden ladder.
But between xmas and new year Martin and his grandpa (he’s a blacksmith!) worked on our final staircase and I love it!
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The frame is made of metal with wooden stairs and a pretty solid oak-timber-base (photo on the right).
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The parts fitted perfectly and we didn’t need to do any changes or slight adaptions… SCORE!
I couldn’t belive it … a task so big you thought you’ll never find a good and workable solution… but then like a miracle…
within half a day the stairs have been mounted!

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Not the best AFTER photo.
But I guess you get the idea.. the first 2 steps are made of those beautiful old oak timber beams and then you step up on the metal/wood staircase. What do you think? I love them (but maybe I’m just blinded by the light… because climbing up that ladder with a huge 35 weeks baby bump is not very comfy!)
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