xmas getaway

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Hello, and welcome to atreefor2 in 2015!
Hope you had a lovely holiday season. We had a great time and got a lot of important things done (keep you on track with those things in upcoming posts but for now I want to share our last roadtrip for the year 2014.
A few days before xmas we headed far west to our friends the Kaufmann family in beautiful Bezau to pick up some more wooden shingles which we’ll need for our nursery-shingle-wall project (soon to come!)
We packed our bags (and Gustav) and had a lovely and relaxing weekend in Vorarlberg.
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This time we even found the time to visit the Werkraum Bregenzerwald – a small showroom/museum/cafe where you can stroll around and get inspired by amazing design and craftsmanship from the region.
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Martin fell in love with a huuuuuge lounge sofa and I was amazed by this beautiful fireplace – what a great statement piece.
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We got this amazing felt swing from Anjas mum and I can’t wait to try it with our own baby!
In the meantime, Anja had fun on her own trying the baby-sledge.
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There was even time to get a much needed haircut! And although I’m always feeling kind of uncomfortable at hairdressers (they are my type of dentist) I was so happy with the outcome, I think he did a great job!
Later that afternoon we picked up the shingles at a small workshop where they handcraft each and every single shingle…
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All of the wooden shingles are split out of wooden trunks (they don’t cut the wood because if you split it it lasts much longer and is resistant against the harsh austrian weather conditions. A wooden exterior with splitted shingles lasts about 60 to 100 years!)
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With the punch press they get the typical beaver tail shape out of each of the rectangular splitted shingles.
We bougth 3 more bags full of shingles and I can’t wait to put them on our nursery wall… I guess it will be a lot of work but I hope it will turn out nice…

 

more sample painting

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Ok, I guess my new hobby are sample paints…
I ordered 3 paint-plaster-samples for our facade a few weeks ago because we had a hard time deciding on the color of the house from a 2 by 4 cm “big” color snippet from the color scheme. We couldn’t go for the really dark colors we initially wanted, because there’s a much likely chance of cracks from jumpy differences between the warm/cold on the facade. (it’s just a problem with those insulated facades) But we also didn’t wanted to have a muddy plinth on our new white house… so we thought about adding some darker color to the base. Pretty fast we decided to go with a blue base.

The great thing about the samples was that they already had the real structure of the finished wall so you could easily imagine how it could look on your house.

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We decided to go with sample version no. 2!
I like the classic greenblueish touch of it.
And let me just tell you: Yesterday I saw it on our facade for the first time and it looked amazing! I love it! In the sunshine it looks a bit more blue almost like version no.1 but in the shadow it develops a more sophisticated darker look.
Show you the pictures of the finished exterior next week. Have a great weekend!

 

rock bottom

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Here we go with the exterior shots!

I can’t believe what we did to this tiny cute house! I have to remind myself everytime I look at the photos that the roof, windows and the little extention in the front NEEDED to go because they’ve been in a really really poor condition. And the room layout was also pretty lame so that’s why all the walls inside had to go as well!

I hope the before and after pictures in september will look a little better ..
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