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.

 

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!

 

BETON CIRE WORKSHOP

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Some time ago Ray and I attended a workshop about how to use beton cire within your home.
Beton cire is a great way to upgrade your kitchen countertop or use it instead of tiles in your bathroom. (We are going to use it as a floorfinish while Ray will use it in his new bathroom).
The Beton cire Atelier of Sandra Graller is situated in Viennas 17th district in an amazing neighborhood (and house!) We met her a few month ago at the trade fair and talked with her about the material and her workshops.
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Back then I was amazed by the professional look of her fair booth and the beautiful corporate identity Sandra created around her business Beton Cire.
We have been lucky to chat with her before the workshop started and I was not at all surprized to hear that shes got a professional background in advertising and marketing. But after several years working for an agency she changed tracks and started to get her hands dirty with beton cire. After a loveatfirstsight-meeting (businesswise spoken) with her dutch supplier they asked her to be the chief agent for Austrai and so she started the business and didn’t regret it eversince!
You can tell that she really loves her job, the material itself and the contact with both, companies who purchase Beton Cire from her and private persons who want get to know more about the material and try to embelish their homes and try themselfs as Beton cire craftsmen.
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After a quick introduction regarding the different surfaces and finishing options we started to mix a bucket full of material…
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You can choose between a lot of colors. The plain material and the suitable amount of pigment will be supported to you by Sandra (or any other supplier). Fold it under and strain it through a sieve.
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Add the ace resin (actually it’s better the other way round: add the pigment/betoncire mix to the ace resin) and mix everything until it gets the consistency of ice cream. (that’s a hard job… Ray worked up a sweat)
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We started smoothing it on to our surface. We used special scapers but normal ones (and some skills) will do the job as well. the Beton cire layer is really thin but super durable.
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We tried it ourselfs and it was really a hard job. After the first layer we waited about 20 minutes and started over with the second layer on top of the first one. I tried a rough and a smooth finish on my panel just to get an idea of how it works.
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Sandra prepared two panels the day before so we could sand them as well the same day. And I think sanding is the hardest part of it…
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You have to add a lot of pressure, the machine is pretty heavy and you’ll always keep in mind that you don’t stay too long at the same spot to get an even surface with a nice calm look.bcire017
After you’ve dry cleaned the surface from all the dust you can seal it with a special wax or a synthetic varnish depending which surface you did (f.ex.: bathrooms demand the synthetic varnish to stay water resistent…)
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We’ve learned a lot and it was a great way to get a feeling with the material. Looking forward to our beton cire floor!
Thank you Sandra to share your story and the possibilities of this amazing material with us!