the staircase – finally!

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The staircase was (after the sewer!) a never-ending-story of our renovation. We had several carpenters on location but nobody could give us a good solution. We have been thinking about some steep loft stairs or those narrow space saving stairs which work as a shelf (I love them but Martin is not a big fan of those solutions) so we worked and lived for month with our good old wooden ladder.
But between xmas and new year Martin and his grandpa (he’s a blacksmith!) worked on our final staircase and I love it!
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The frame is made of metal with wooden stairs and a pretty solid oak-timber-base (photo on the right).
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The parts fitted perfectly and we didn’t need to do any changes or slight adaptions… SCORE!
I couldn’t belive it … a task so big you thought you’ll never find a good and workable solution… but then like a miracle…
within half a day the stairs have been mounted!

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Not the best AFTER photo.
But I guess you get the idea.. the first 2 steps are made of those beautiful old oak timber beams and then you step up on the metal/wood staircase. What do you think? I love them (but maybe I’m just blinded by the light… because climbing up that ladder with a huge 35 weeks baby bump is not very comfy!)
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Road trip through Austria – Salzburg

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We’ve been hitting the road for the Easter weekend to visit some of our friends all over Austria.
We planed to travel through Salzburg to Vorarlberg. So we packed our bags, loaded the car and drove from Vienna to Salzburg.
Austria is a tiny country so we arrived at our first stop – Salzburg – 3 hours later.
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We visited our friends Eva and Jacob: an Austrian-American newly-weds couple.
She’s a Graphic Designer and shop owner of Bows & Bandits, an online shop were you can buy beautiful Austrian vintage dresses and Jacob is an new-york-and-europe-based photographer. (yes, some people do have it all!)
Whenever Eva is in Austria we try to meet, so when we heared they are staying for a few weeks in Austria we didn’t hesitated to self-invite us in to their amazing apartment.
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It was a beautiful Easter morning and we had a delicious breakfast with Eva, Jacob, Eva’s parents and her Granny!
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Thank you Eva & Jacob for having us!
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Our next stop was Vorarlberg a tiny state next to the swiss boarder and totally worth a visit. There are a lot of creatives living in Vorarlberg and the architecture (traditional and new) is amazing!
We stayed with Anja (who already waited for us outside of her house … for hours!) and her family! Stay tuned for the next photos of a few days in Vorarlberg.
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2007 Before Pictures

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I’m preparing some detailed ABOUT pages (about us, about the house, about the crew).. and while doing this I stumbled upon those real BEFORE photos of the treehouse. I took them back in 2007 when we just bought it. The house was a time capsule and it seemed like the owners had left for winter (they used the house as a summer retreat) but never returned since then. The calender from 1973 was still up!

All photos are shot on film with my beloved Mamiya RB67.

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