wood preservation

Before I share with you the story of our new stairs. I’ll show you what the girls did last weekend….
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Because our constructor called and asked if we wanted to preserve the wood with a varnish before they begin with the construction of the sun deck. Well, what a good idea – so we screwed our plans for the weekends, I called Anja, miss ladybird and my mum and asked for help and all three of them didn’t hesitated for a single moment!
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We met at one of the halls from our constructor where our timber was stored. I didn’t recognize it by then but that is a serious amount of wood! (the balcony is going to be huge! I can tell y’all!)
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First we brushed off the sawdust and then we started to varnish the timber. We had two teams. Team paintbrush (Anja and my mum) and Team paint roller (miss ladybird and I). We painted every beam 2 times on 3 sides and turned them over (aka roll them) so we could paint the last side as well.
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The result is a slightly “honey-toned” finish which will (hopefully) last for a few years. comes rain. comes shine.
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It took us the whole day to get everything done and add 2 layers of preservation on every piece of timber. Thank you so much Anja, miss ladybird and Mum for helping us!

 

installing the stairs – the prequel

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We are living with a pretty adventurous entry situation for the last couple of month and although I got used to it pretty fast it still is the most impractical entry situation for a construction site. (you should see us handling tools and heavy stuff up there… also the 3 ACC-blocks which lay in place of the first 2 rungs are quite challenging)
But now it’s time for our new steel stairway to shine! Do you remember we ordered stairs at the trade fair a couple of month ago. It was finally delivered to us weeks ago which led us to the next item on our to-do-list: to built a solid foundation for the staircase.

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We splitted this activity up to two weekends. On the first we prepared everything for the foundation and on the second we got our hands on mixing concrete.
For mixing concrete you need a serious amount of sand so on the first saturday Martin and I got up really early to go and get some from Martin’s workplace.
(It comes in pretty handy to have such a great partner-in-crime who is able to drive all those big machines. Although he’s behind the computer all day long he enjoys to get back into the drivers seat every once in a while.)
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We unloaded the sand at the treehouse site and waited for a friend of my Dads who owns a (supercute) excavator. Tiny but pretty handy when it comes to digging holes for the sewer or the foundation..
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I was supervising the whole digging process from above while Martin and my Dad helped downstairs preparing the hole.
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Everything worked out pretty good and at the end of the day we also had a perfectly working sewer. (the last part of the downspout wasn’t installed until now!)
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We choose a simple galvanized steel staircase with grid stairs (we thought it might be the best idea because with all the wet leafs during fall, wooden stairs could get really slippery and wet leaves freezing onto stairs would be even worst. We hope for the best and that the leafs won’t stick to the steel grid).
Stay tuned for the second day where we cast the foundation.

 

garden deck inspiration

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Do you remember a few month ago I told you I’m going to share some interior design moodboards every once in a while on atreefor2.
Today I’m going to share a moodboard for the exterior design/garden with you!
Because since we planted our new cherry tree for our balcony a few weeks ago (which is in full bloom now!) I imagine myself on our beautiful new sun deck and I really can’t think of anything else at the moment. It’s literally on my mind everyday (at least every sunny day)! I was raised on the countryside and I’m a true country gal who can’t wait to ran barefoot through the garden as soon as the first sunbeam hits the ground in spring!

So take a look at this…
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I imagine myself sitting under our sunblind construction – we planned on building ourselfs. Houseshaped and made of metal and maybe wood!? Not totally sure about the sunroof yet but you can see on the skribble below how we imagine it to be (maybe a project for next year or winter to weld this construction). Anyway. This summer I’d love to take a seat next to Martin on my new dream Acapulco-style chair (1) or in the beautiful and comfy IKEA’s Högsten chair (2) wearing Andy Wolf shades (3 & 4) and clink glasses with Martin to our new sundeck! A girl can dream right?…

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