We took a short break and a weekend off our renovation timeline to visit Anja and her family in Vorarlberg.
We’ve been there during Easter and we loved it. So when Anja invited us to come and celebrate with her the release of her beautiful self-published magazine SOI we didn’t hesitate and packed our bags!
The weather was perfect and so was the release party!
The location was an organic farm called Vetterhof. They’ve prepared a hay-barn cinema and disco and they served delicious soups made by Anjas partner-in-crime Ulli and her team of the Elfenküche in Dornbirn.
Congrats Anja and Ulli, you did a great job!
We had a great time at the Vetterhof and in Vorarlberg! Unfortunately we had to leave the next day.
Before that we did a little (baby)bump contest in front of a wooden shingled wall. (I think I won!)
I totally looking forward to come back! (and I think my boys do too!)
And you know what, we need to come back anyway … because we are planning to cover one wall of the nursery with those cute wooden “ruffle” shingles. Unfortunately, those where sold out at the moment. So we are going to collect a few square meters of them some time soon … as soon as we have a wall to cover. (maybe we should start with the essensials first before we buy the decoration!… story of my life..)
Some time ago Ray and I attended a workshop about how to use beton cire within your home.
Beton cire is a great way to upgrade your kitchen countertop or use it instead of tiles in your bathroom. (We are going to use it as a floorfinish while Ray will use it in his new bathroom).
The Beton cire Atelier of Sandra Graller is situated in Viennas 17th district in an amazing neighborhood (and house!) We met her a few month ago at the trade fair and talked with her about the material and her workshops.
Back then I was amazed by the professional look of her fair booth and the beautiful corporate identity Sandra created around her business Beton Cire.
We have been lucky to chat with her before the workshop started and I was not at all surprized to hear that shes got a professional background in advertising and marketing. But after several years working for an agency she changed tracks and started to get her hands dirty with beton cire. After a loveatfirstsight-meeting (businesswise spoken) with her dutch supplier they asked her to be the chief agent for Austrai and so she started the business and didn’t regret it eversince!
You can tell that she really loves her job, the material itself and the contact with both, companies who purchase Beton Cire from her and private persons who want get to know more about the material and try to embelish their homes and try themselfs as Beton cire craftsmen.
After a quick introduction regarding the different surfaces and finishing options we started to mix a bucket full of material…
You can choose between a lot of colors. The plain material and the suitable amount of pigment will be supported to you by Sandra (or any other supplier). Fold it under and strain it through a sieve.
Add the ace resin (actually it’s better the other way round: add the pigment/betoncire mix to the ace resin) and mix everything until it gets the consistency of ice cream. (that’s a hard job… Ray worked up a sweat)
We started smoothing it on to our surface. We used special scapers but normal ones (and some skills) will do the job as well. the Beton cire layer is really thin but super durable.
We tried it ourselfs and it was really a hard job. After the first layer we waited about 20 minutes and started over with the second layer on top of the first one. I tried a rough and a smooth finish on my panel just to get an idea of how it works.
Sandra prepared two panels the day before so we could sand them as well the same day. And I think sanding is the hardest part of it…
You have to add a lot of pressure, the machine is pretty heavy and you’ll always keep in mind that you don’t stay too long at the same spot to get an even surface with a nice calm look.
After you’ve dry cleaned the surface from all the dust you can seal it with a special wax or a synthetic varnish depending which surface you did (f.ex.: bathrooms demand the synthetic varnish to stay water resistent…)
We’ve learned a lot and it was a great way to get a feeling with the material. Looking forward to our beton cire floor!
Thank you Sandra to share your story and the possibilities of this amazing material with us!
Sorry guys I hope I don’t bore you with our roadtrip-photos.
These are the last ones. I promise! But we had such a good time and saw so many beautiful places I want to share with you!
The Bregenzerwald region is famous for its love for wood. They use it a lot within their architecture. Classic as well as modern houses tend to have wooden fronts (to protect the brick exterior walls from the weather conditions)
Typically they look like ruffles or scales of a fish. (we bought 2 square meters of “ruffle shingles” and we are going to install them indoors at the treehouse, I’ll keep you updated with this project)
Speaking of timer…
In Anja’s hometown there’s a family business who makes comfy wooden shoes made of locally produced wood and leather. They are hand made and really unique. You can use them as garden shoes for example. We will use them as “sun-deck-shoes”; we are going to have a no-shoe-policy in the treehouse but if we need to step out on the balcony we’ll do it wearing our new wooden shoes (or without shoes at all in summer! … really looking forward to that!)
I bought a pair of shearling goat shoes.
On our last day we went for a walk in the afternoon sun. It was just perfect. I’m really in love with the beautiful town of Bezau!
We had a look at the newest projects of local architect Markus Innauer.
And we saw a beautiful abandoned house in the center of Bezau. If anybody feels like renovating a very old Austrian home let us know. We will make sure to spend some working holidays there to help you!
We enjoyed Vorarlberg so much it’s totally worth a visit!
Thank you Vroni, Karl-Heinz and Anja for having us! Hope to see you soon! ♥