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…

 

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!