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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new heavenly stairway

Ahoy, everyone.
I share a quick review of our new exterior. Show you the “how-we-did-it /whole-story” pictures in the next post.
until then here’s the short version:

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what do you think?
I really like the raw look of it and i think it looks amazing with all the wood… but maybe its just me sitting on my pink cloud of love-my-stairs-rapture! (it makes so much more fun to climb up the stairs instead of the ladder)
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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.