floor heating in our attic

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:

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.
The panels are made of cardboard with solid aluminium surface and slots for the tubes. For more detailed information visit the slimline website.
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!

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.
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.
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!
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!)

Looking forward to some warm feet this winter!


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.


getting rid of our plastered facade – part II

A new day on site means a new day for air hammers, dust, noise and some hard work. Usually we tend to be weekend-renovators, and try to avoid the dust and noise during the week but sometimes when deadlines are near we need to do a few after-work-weekday-hours on the site.
In this case we’ve been lucky and worked on a beautiful spring afternoon. (last time we had to quit because of an act of nature)
I think I might need a good hand balm…
I worked without gloves which was a pretty bad idea… hands get so dry and ghosty from all the dust and plaster.
Schorsch and Ray helped me with the heavy duty tools… in 3 hours we had it all done: the treehouse stripped naked to its bricks…
All the plaster was covering the soil around the house so the next weekend we worked with some crew members to clear the areas under the scaffold and make sure the facade constructors can start right at the bottom of the house.
Toby draw the short straw by knocking off the rest of the facade on our little earth wine cellar (small building in front of the house). He wasn’t complaining… thanks Toby!
After clearing everything around the house the boys relocated my wooden “dancefloor” (the old kitchen floor I preserved when we ripped it out last year; I’m thinking of reuse it as a siding inside the house, maybe to cover the staircase and get some extra storage!?… Martin is not really convinced of this idea yet)
The boys totally liked the idea of a dancefloor in the garden and started to dance for me right away! fassade02_012

Martin discovered his love for bricklaying. (we had to refill the broken edge of the house) While Martin was busy on the scaffold Miss Ladybird, Toby and I enjoyed the “garden” with a o’clock beer.