floor heating in our attic

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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:

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

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Looking forward to some warm feet this winter!

 

our new building facade

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I need to share some amazing photos with you from our beautiful new facade!
(I’m so glad that almost all of you would have chosen the same color combination! we are making a good team!)

I LOOOOOOVE the blueish-green-gray and I’m so happy how it turned out! Also the white in combination with the wooden windows, the gray roof and the green tree! It looks soooo different: clean, fresh and new!
Martin loves the new exterior too and I’m so happy to see that he got a second wind from our tiny, proper looking house for the final renovation showdown to come! (right, Honey!?)

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Love how the tree gets greener and greener over the last 3 weeks!

Right now, some professionals are working on the wine cellar entry, which was in pretty bad condition.
We left this task to the professionals because it’s a delicate affair dealing with a rotten lintel and a lot of bricks fell down while removing it… sometimes you need to know when it’s time to step aside and leave it to the specialists!

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As they removed the old door we discovered a date stamped in the metal handle of the door, which said 1818!
Wow, can you believe it this cellar is almost 200 years old!
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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!