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…

That’s a really big deck!

Just a quick update, work is in full swing outside. Finally it feels a little like it is coming together. Here are some progress shots…
The big debate has been whether the structure should be white like the house or grey like the windows?!

Awesome work by Fredrik, Martin, Daniel, David and LEK!

   
    
    
    
    
   

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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Oak Balcony Cladding

After the facade was completed, we realised the old balcony cladding had to go. Fredrik had decided when we got the door that he wanted  to clad the balcony in Oak to complement the door, so he had bought the wood about a year ago, waiting for this opportunity.

We treated the Oak with teak oil to get the same look as the door. We used the structure of the existing balcony and covered it with wood.

The most difficult part of this was to remove the old cladding, it was built to last. Once we were half way done, we both kind of liked the balcony with gaps in between the wood, but to allow for more privacy, we decided to go with the original design.

We also laid new tiles over the old ones. Very happy with the result!

 

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It was hanging on for dear life!

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Applying teak oil to new cladding


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Grinding off the old metal 

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Laying the tiles

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Applying the first panels

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Gorgeous George!

 

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Half way done…

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Applying the second layer of cladding

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Hard at work…

 

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‘You now have the best house in the Neighbourhood’

It was a risk, buying a house that looked like complete and utter #”%&, but we saw the potential. At first it wasn’t fun to see our friend’s reactions when they saw the house. Even with all of the warning that it is a full renovation, very run down, when people saw it there was only comments of ‘Oh. Wow. This is really a project.’ and it was actually like people felt sorry for us. It freaked people out, I think some people actually felt uncomfortable. We didn’t buy this thinking it would be easy, but we knew it would be rewarding and we knew we could make it amazing.

Maybe we are a little crazy, but we always had a vision and now it is finally starting to shine through. The new render on the facade is now complete and suddenly everyone is seeing what we knew would happen all along. It was one year ago that we moved in and now the neighbours are stopping in the street and saying ‘What a tranformation’ and ‘You now have the best house in the Neighbourhood’. While I wouldn’t go that far yet, it is shaping up to be a spectacular home and we are so proud.

Below are the before and after photos of the outside of the house. In these photos you can also see that the garden has been somewhat tamed in the last year, allowing for the house to actually be seen.

Now to get the top floor finished… 🙂

 

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A whole new look…

Changing the facade is underway! This job we have outsourced… there are two guys who are doing an incredible job. Our original facade was an old rough render which had been patched and painted a million times, it was lose and falling off in many places. It also had the roots remaining from ivy that had grown all over it. What can I say about ivy? Well, that shit really sucks!

We have opted for a smooth render, painted white. It isn’t yet ready to reveal, it is completely rendered but the painting has just started on the front side. It is looking unbelievable! Below are some before and after shots. Will put all the photos up upon completion.

The whole game of replacing render, is a jungle. What to use, what to remove, how to make sure the house breathes. Crazy! We used render by Weber, with a glass reinforced mesh… along with other things I have no idea about… ask Fredrik. 😛 They started about two weeks ago and just have the painting to go. Definitely worth the investment!

We are totally in love with our new house! 🙂

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Front door after render and paint:

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Applying new render to the front:

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Front after all new windows, new render and painted:

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Side after new window, window changed to door and removal of door:

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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!

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After:

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A Day of Firsts!

I decided this year that living in a renovation zone would not stop me from hosting one of my favourite events of the year, The Aussie Xmas Dinner! It really motivated Fredrik and I to get the place cleaned up and it felt really good after mopping the floor 7 times to be able to walk upstairs without getting covered in gips dust! It was an awesome night with a kick-ass buffe of food, highlighted by Lina’s spin on Pavalova and ended with everyone missing the train home and a snowstorm leaving the Aussies to shovel snow! 😊

I can’t wait for our moving in party!

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Living in a Construction Zone

Living in the middle of a house that is being completely remodeled has its moments, you buy a house that is around 160m2 and you can only live in around 25m2, but it will all be worth it in the end. Most people are shocked when the see the scope of the project we have taken on, but everyone is always amazed at the progress. Our Real Estate Agent told us that this will be best house in the area if we go through with the plans we have, so it should pay off in the end.

Right now we have an old kitchen (which works REALLY well, plus we put in a dishwasher just because I am a bit precious), old yucky toilet, hideous shower and then a cosy, slightly renovated, room with our sofa, bed, TVs (yep we have two in one room) and then a room where I can have some clothes etc. It sure is cosy, but I think it works, it is clean as it could be (I have emptied about 20 bleach bottles cleaning the shower alone!). The thing I miss the most is having a nice shower, I mean the shower works, the water is hot and clean but it isn’t really relaxing being surrounded with old pipes and very interesting orange walls! In these photos, you can see it for yourself. I could have done the photoshoot on a day when it was all tidy, but why not show it at its worst, on the day when the sheets are in the wash and clothes are everywhere! 🙂IMG_6008 IMG_6010 IMG_6012 IMG_6001

On a more exciting note, we now have all of the pieces for the basin and cabinet in our bathroom. This one was designed by Amanda, made by Fredrik! We couldn’t find anything that matched the vision I had in my head that was going to fit in such a small space so instead we found all of the individual pieces and made our own custom bathroom basin and cabinet. I think it is going to look awesome!

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