facelift – the new exterior

Martin and I were completely bowled over by the difference one day can make! The company who fixes our new facade works super-fast and super-neat and after just one working day you can see a significant difference because the largest wall was almost covered with the insulation panels.
Although I must admit I’m going to miss the beautiful brick we worked on the last couple of weeks I’m totally looking forward to less energy costs in our insulated home.
On the left a close up of the “open” styrofoam panels. (this is going to be plastered again and painted)
I’ll write a detailed post about all the facts of our new facade next week.


thermal insulation – the roof – part III

Ok. so you’ve already seen our insulation bootcamp instuction afternoon and the following days when we catched up with the other side of the roof and prepared everything for the tricky part… finishing the peak.
We had miss ladybird on the site for two days in a row who gave us a hand! (thank you  my girl!)
I dabbled with the (electric)chainsaw! (thanks Ray for lending it to us! … as soon as we’ve bought a new chain you’ll get it back!) in the meantime miss ladybird was vacuming like a pro with the indusrial vacum cleaner!
I had to leave Martin and miss ladybird for about an hour and when I returned they surprised me with all panels mounted and this little romantic DIY ♥:
so cute! thank both of you! ♥
Here is how we filled the peak with the loose material the next day:

Blew the material in (sorry I have no photos of this step because I was in charge of refilling our little pellet-pool and I had to work really fast!)
last but not least:
enjoy the view with a cool or warm head (depending on the season) and carry off the bays of your hard work!
You can’t tell a difference from outside but: it’s the things you don’t see that really count! (like everything in life!)


thermal insulation – the roof – Part II

In the upcoming days we worked really hard (almost as hard as during the insulation boot camp) for hours and hours in the treehouse to get it all done.
And within 4 days we did it! Thanks to our dear crew members: Schorsch, dad, Ray and miss ladybird!
Here we go with some detailed photos about the last days:
me and my foampistol.. a true love story!
on the second day we celebrated Rays birthday!
We kicked off our lunch break with a bottle of Champagne! (and sip it out of very stylish plastic cups!) work hard – play hard!
Finishing the windows was a little tricky (lots of measuring & cutting, back and forth), but the dreamteam of Ray, Schorsch and Martin had it done in a few hours!

Whenever we got two rows mounted we started to fill the gap beneath the trusses and behind the plates with the little pellets of loose insulation material to double the efficiency of it.
my dad and my brother as throwing and catching experts!
Saturday afternoon the girls droped by and Lucia (aka the baking queen) brought a delicious sweet treat to the site: a Gunniess cake
the B E S T cake I’ve ever had! It was delicious…
Please do try this at home its really great! She found the recipe here (german) but there are many more to find in english too.

Stay tuned for the last few photos where we finished the harderst part: the roof peak.