the nursery (wall)

Ok, so the baby-news hit us a little flat-fooded last summer. But after all it was not to late to rethink the layout of our attic and squeeze a (pretty big – about 20 square meters/200 square foot) nursery in.

Since our xmas getaway we could cross off a million things from the to-do-list. Martin had 3 (!!!) weeks off and he worked literally day and night to get things done! Together with my family (thank you mum, dad, cousin and best-brother-in-the-world) and our friends we managed to finish some of the most important tasks. I try to catch up with all those great achievements within the next few posts…

Let’s start with the nursery wall..

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Like in our extension we built it again from wood and (sound)insulated it with our favorit product when it comes to wall or ceiling insulation: wool!
Again we chose the wool from isolena, this time we needed a slightly thicker quality (which has more body to it and won’t colapse over the years within the wall).

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Compared to a picture of the attic a few month ago it’s an amazing difference! I like the attic now a lot more with two rooms (we also divided a small storage room from the rest) it feels bigger and well structured.
Finally my dad and Martin built in the old kitchen door we saved 2 years back at our deconstruction party. It took them half a day but I think it was totally worth it! The mix of old and new elements is what makes you feel at home and to be honest there are almost no affordable and beautiful new doors I could life with.
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As I’m getting more and more of a laborer due to my pregnancy I was in good company as Gustav was my buddy cleaning a little or cutting wool, playing … easy stuff …

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Sorry for the dog-photo-overload lately … a sneak peek of what will happend as soon as the baby is on board! 

 

 

well well well

For those of you who are wondering…

no. we didn’t quit the blog.
no. we didn’t finish the reno of the treehouse without sharing it with you.
no. we didn’t sell the half-done-house and clear-out (to live now in a warm and sunny place).

Actually we had to rearrange some things in the treehouse layout over the last few months, because we are expecting our first baby in february!
I’m so sorry for the radiosilence on atreefor2 but I was not at all prepared to what awaited me on my first trimester-rollercoaster-ride (actually it was just a ride downwards to hit rock-bottom) where I struggled with a lot of health issues like nausea, a constant fatigue and tiredness and morning sickness (why call it morning sickness if it lasts all day long … for 8 weeks!?)
Fortunately I’m feeling much better now with a lot more energy which got us back on track with our renovation.
So please excuse our summer of silence, I’m looking forward to share a lot of our new projects (code word: nursery!) with you during the weeks to come.

keep in touch.

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Can’t wait to do a family portrait in the photobooth with all 4 of us!

 

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.