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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wallpaper – part 1

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Our hall was still just rendered (a little) and left like this. But we wanted to paint the wood and we thought working with a lining paper – a thick and broad wallpaper which covers the edges of the wood and gives a smooth wall-like look.
The lining wallpaper made already a huge difference but we decided to go with a decor wallpaper as well (in the toilet and the hall).
I choose a nautic themed wallpaper for the toilet (for obvious reasons) and a more graphic one for the hall.
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The next step is to cover the electrical stuff under some nice refurbished wood… speaking of recycling wood: you’ll love what we did with some old wooden planks from our kitchen floor…

 

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…