black saturday

Altough it might occur to you differently but let me tell y’all: It’s not always sunshine and rainbows over here with our construction site.
It might be really tempting to just show you all our great achievements and milestones we reached on our way to the perfect little treehouse. But that’s not the case. Actually life can be tough some days. Let me be more specific:

Two weeks ago, Saturday, I recognized a crack in one of the 3 huge remaining branches of the tree (right where the branch grows out the trunk) I reported it to my treedoctors but as the wood in the middle was already gray I thought it’s ok if the specialists are coming on monday. 30 minuntes later I got a call from our neighbours telling me the branch was broken and hung above his carport and house.

S***!

I grabbed my camera and drove to the treehouse and while we waited for the firefighters to arrive I snapped a few photos of the scene.
The branch also hit our new extension. Although we’ve been lucky and it missed a construction beam within a few millimeters. So the damage is quite small repairable.
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The firefighters removed all the green branches and left the big branch for the specialists. Two days later our treedoctor of trust Mister Saller came with 5 man and a huge lifting platform. The two specialist Nick and Jeremy took a closer look at the tree and tried to figure out how to remove the branch without harming the tree or the extension (more than it was already harmed).
Step two was to get rid of the heavy leaves so they scraped out a lot of branches and leaves to drop weight.
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It was a busy day as the treedocs and the constructors of our sundeck worked on the constuction site that day.
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After a hole day of hard work (from Nick and Jeremy at least) they called it a day still cheerful and in good mood. Thank you so much for your fast operation and your good work!

Sorry for my radiosilence the last week but it didn’t feel right for me to go on with “normal”posts as long as the tree was in such an emergency situation. We’ll be back with the regular posting schedule next week. Thank you for your support. See you next week. All the best, Katharina.

 

installing the stairs – the prequel – second part

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The weekend after we’d finished our preparations for the stairs we jumped right back into construction site work to build the two foundations with concrete. At the moment the level of the garden lies below the final one, so we needed to work with hollow bricks (you could also work with a cast and fill it with concrete but we thought it would be easier to work with those prefab bricks.)
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It was a beautiful and sunny day and my brother Schorsch and his girlfriend Tinka gave us a hand mixing the concrete. Luckily, we had a huge concrete mixer on the construction site. It holds about 5 or 6 wheelbarrows of concrete, so it was done pretty fast (“fast” in renovation-language means under 5 hours!).
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I’m glad Martin is in charge when it comes to all the neat and precise things… I’m just a little to sloppy (and with no patience) about things like that!

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If the weather is good we’ll be mounting the stairs next weekend. Keep my fingers crossed it’s going to be a great weekend!

 

Roadtrip through Austria – Vorarlberg – Bezau

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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!
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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!