Underfloor heating

We have now got to the stage where we have laid the floor heating and leveled the floors. Move in is getting closer.

Let’s just say there was some McGyver moves to get the machinery working to lay the floor. Big shout out to Alban and Bojar from Malas Kakel for helping out, they got the new floor laid in a couple of hours.Such an amazing job!

We have chosen to have hydro-underfloor heating. We laid the new floor using a self leveling cement to get a good finish. We will add one final top coat to get it perfect, then we are ready for floorboard and in some cases polished concrete (YES!).

First a flashback to March 2013. Note the photo looks BETTER than reality, the agent definitely used photoshop when taking these pics for the sales brochure.

Four men and one machine….

One very creative, yet effective fix that made it all happen…

Downstairs- Finally!

Those who have been to our place, or have read the blogs from March 2013 will know that downstairs was a mess of rooms, like this…

So in March 2013, I made this plan… Before we even moved in…


Well, life happened and it took years before we could prioritise these plans. Finally this Summer, we finally got to focus on this. So impressed that Fredrik has done this nearly 100% by himself, with just a few hours of help from David to clear out some stuff, Ove the superstar Electrician and Andy to break through the dreaded 2 foot thick brick wall (THANKS GUYS <3). Amazing work, Fredrik is a machine to get this far in just a few weeks… On top of work, social life AND being a Dad.

Now you can finally see the layout and we are pretty proud to say that we got it right.


Some progress shots…

Is it the same house?

Total Remodel Before and After

Well, it has been a while since I last blogged, mainly because I haven’t been doing much apart from growing a big baby in my belly which is soon to pop. However, we can now officially say that all structural work upstairs is complete! It actually has been done for months but I have been lazy, I have had a lot of requests to share the progress, so here we go.

We have a lot of styling stuff still to do it is a bit stark and sterile right now so things like artwork, rugs, cushions, finishing off the kitchen island and also some new furniture. Still I will stick with Scandinavian Minimalism but there is still much more character to add. But what you can see is that the build is complete. Including moving the kitchen, removing walls, new windows etc etc.

The house has been revalued and having just finished the top floor, we have significantly increased the value by 1 000 000SEK. This is around 5 times our renovation investment.

Right now, we have moved our bedroom upstairs and set up for the little one in the room that was formally the kitchen. Later on, this will be turned in to a guest bedroom/playroom and we will move into our master bedroom downstairs.

For now though, we have other focuses and Fredrik’s attention is turning to the Garden as Summer approaches. So there is still going to be progress!

Once the styling is done, I can make a before and after video and show some more detail shots. It is just a slight change….

Wall to the left knocked down and a few other improvements…

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The door and window replaced… walls knocked down to make space for open plan living/dining:

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These walls removed to make way for the kitchen…

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Full Renovation Before and After

The old kitchen in its previous location has now become a bedroom.

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The landing at the top of the stairs is completely changed. Will share better photos once the stairs are done!

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Renovation Restart…

We have had a bit of downtime since Christmas when it comes to the remodel, and I think that is really important otherwise I think this project would drive us mad and it is probably the best advice experienced renovators have given us… take breaks! After coming back from the US and Mexico where we had an awesome holiday we struggled to get our mojo back, but with the new season of The Block being released we have suddenly found our motivation again and it feels really good.

Now we have finally started to get the plaster on the walls upstairs, the kitchen is getting ordered this week and the new windows for downstairs. Pretty glad that Spring has come early this year as it means we have a bit more time to some of the boring stuff like drainage around the house.

We sometimes forget how much progress we have made, but here is something that really shows it. Below is a photo of how the upstairs living area was before, this is it when we moved in, it was three rooms:

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This is it now… it is one amazing room with ceiling window, spotlights, new walls, new heating…. it is virtually a completely new house:

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This doesn’t happen all by itself… here are some progress shots:

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We have also done a rough renovation of the room I used to call ‘the crime scene’ as it was pretty damn gross! It is amazing what a coat of paint can do!

Before:

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After:

Renovated basement

Removing Supporting Wall: Support Beam

Today we had to take on probably one of the toughest, most risky projects, we had a 9 metre support beam lifted in to a hole in the side wall of the house. As we wish to remove a semi-supporting wall we need to add a beam in the attic to support the roof, otherwise we might wake up one night with the roof on us… so here is the story…

On Friday, this truck from Beijer Byggmaterial (shameless advertising for Sweden’s best building supplies store with the most awesome employees ;-)):

 

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Delivered us this beam…

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Unfortunately that truck was too small to lift the beam, as it needed to be lifted around 20 metres from the road to the house and up around 12 metres which a standard crane truck can’t do… So we called in the big guys. Per and his somewhat larger crane truck…IMG_4893 (1)

 

At this point I left the site and let David take over. I felt like this was dangerous and risky and was really glad to get out of there! Here is what happened next….

Some precision crane driving (I think it took only 2 attempts), lifted the beam flat to the hole which Fredrik had cut from the facade.

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David was outside guiding it in to Fredrik who was in the attic pulling the 180kg beam in to the attic.

 

 

 

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All three of them then pulled the full beam in to the attic where we will soon secure it in place so we can remove the wall.

 

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I then could return to the site to see the beam safely in the attic ready for my new floorplan to start to come in to shape.

 

 

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Let the demolition begin! 🙂

Upstairs 3D Floorplan

Today we went to take some measurements of the house and sign some papers to pay the deposit… YIKES! Now that I have the measurements I decided to try to mock up some 3D plans which are to scale, or close to.

Below is my first attempt at making 3D plans, click on the images to enlarge. I haven’t even started on designing downstairs yet, upstairs is our priority! This program is called www.floorplanner.com and is super fun but takes some time and practice. There is also the 2D version I created with this program shown below, basically you create this first and then it generates the 3D images.20130405135008 20130405135217 20130405135350Capture 20130405135417 20130405135447 20130405135524

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Well the planning is well and truely underway, and after the second day in a row at the boat sanding my life away, the renovation reality is really setting in. It seems I get most of the crap preparation jobs like sanding because Fredrik’s skills are better used elsewhere. BORING!

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I have worked on a rough floor plan of how I think the floorplan can be. The ideais to maximise the space, create an open feel and also increase accesibility. I also want to maximise the market value. The images below show the proposed and current plans. The proposed ones I mocked up myself in the ever-so-user friendly Microsoft Paint. Our biggest concern is making changes to the thick wall on the bottom floor, in case it is a structural wall. We are most likely to put an arch here instead of taking the whole wall. We will get these overlooked by a structural engineer or similar before we start demolishing.

What do you think? Any suggestions, red flags? I appreciate any advice.

Ground Floorplan - comparison
Upstairs floorplan - comparison