Bedroom and Hall reno!

So, it has again been a long time between posts… but still plenty going on. I have’t done any reveal of the new floorplan downstairs, it was a pretty major change through just adding a hall way. Our objective was to gain a central hall with access to three bedrooms. It was a maze before as you will see by the before and after floorplan. 

I have a video before on my computer so once I get that I will do a proper comparison. The change is pretty massive!

 We still have a way to go with details and styling, quite empty but we’ll get there. A reminder of the before of our bedroom and the hall – 

Here is some after pics –

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And we have now moved downstair so now upstairs is a playroom/spare bedroom – 

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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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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Removing old cladding 

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It was hanging on for dear life!

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No more green!

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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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Concrete Benchtop 2.0

Those who read our previous blog on DIY benchtops maybe want to see the finished product, well after our first attempt, the result was:

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This wasn’t fun… we had used a steel reinforcement mesh which obviously wasn’t strong enough and we were only three people trying to move it. The weight is all centred in the middle due to the cut outs, so as soon as we transferred the weight… BANG (not a happy Amanda).

I was ready to go out and buy a benchtop but Fredrik talked me in to one last attempt. This time, we used a lot more steel reinforcement and rigged it up so that they wouldn’t sink to the bottom, very important as the bottom is actually the top!

So here is what we did –

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This time we learnt from our mistake and had 4 guys to lift all 250 plus kilograms of it in to place. It was a struggle, but the result was WELL worth it. The below photos are before sanding and treating. Will show the final result when I show the final kitchen! 🙂Concrete Benchtop DIY Concrete Benchtop

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! 🙂

Front door before:

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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 before:

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Front after all new windows, new render and painted:

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Side before:

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

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Kitchen Time!

I feel kind of helpless while the guys work hard outside digging up the garden so I decided to order the last appliances for our kitchen. Sticking to what I am good at… shopping! 🙂 We will start installing the kitchen at Easter, so here are some sneak peaks at what you will see when it is done.

Remember my early design of the floor plan? We have still stuck with this, so here is a reminder of where the kitchen will be located on the upstairs floor plan:

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This is an idea of how the layout of the kitchen will be. I did this before we even moved in to the house, almost 1 year ago. Pretty proud that I haven’t changed my mind on the layout, just some details.

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We have ordered these cupboards called Öresund from Marbodal, and there will wall of cupboards will look very similar to this with all appliances integrated, but the stove top will be in the kitchen island, not the nook as in this photo. Our kitchen island will also be different from this and we will have concrete benchtops. I swear this picture is not where I got the inspiration for the kitchen from, I saw this after I did the design! 😉

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I just ordered my dream stove top from tretti.se, it is white glass which I think will look amazing with our concrete benchtops… this will be placed in the kitchen island:

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We also didn’t want to have the extraction fan hanging in the middle of the room, so we have gone for a Thermex Metz Maxi, which is integrated in to the ceiling and the engine is external so it is quiet. Really important in open plan living. This is the black version, I can’t find a photo of the white one we are getting anywhere, but this will give you a good idea!

Thermex Metz MaxiThis is the fun stuff! I get really excited to think that we are getting so close to getting a brand new kitchen installed. Feels like it is going to be a bit of an upgrade from our current kitchen, don’t you agree?

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Drainage Dramas

Leading up to this day, I was nervous. We have a block of land that isn’t really ‘digger friendly’ and many people were skeptical about whether is was even possible to drive a digger up to the house given the steep, uneven ground. So instead of hiring a professional digging company, we decided to give it a go ourselves with the help of someone to drive the digger. Sounds like a genius idea, right?

Actually, we didn’t really have to put in new drainage, we don’t have a problem with damp but it could happen in the future with a sub-terrain house so we thought that doing it now, while the garden is already a disaster is much better than doing it later.

So yesterday, this was delivered:IMG_5965 This morning, Johan, a colleague of Fredrik’s came to drive this bad boy and get digging. I went out with Lina and Elliot, as I was nervous and while I was out, this happened:

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Yep… the digger had sprung a leak so the mechanics had to come out and fix it. Despite being fixed and every effort to get it up the hill, it wasn’t happening, so the only option was to go up the stairs, like this:

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So, a visit from the mechanics and a set of stairs later (and plenty of swearing from Johan) and we made it past one obstacle, we were on the house level. Next obstacle to get around the back. Next was a couple of hours of this:

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After a near miss with the house, there was a hallelujah moment:

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SUCCESS! But the reality was it was now 17:00 and the digging for drainage hadn’t begun. Oh well… the boys got cracking and I continued hiding out inside watching The Real Housewives of Melbourne.

One of the things I said to Fredrik about doing the drainage is that I really didn’t want to lose these beautiful rhododendron bushes:

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I popped out to see how they were going and this is what I see:

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They were the next victims of the drainage. But actually, they did try to save them but despite all efforts to move them, this is what was left:

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So…. while I sit here and write this blog they are out there digging away. Such dedication, I am very impressed. I would have given up at the mechanic….

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When I look back at photos it is hard to believe that not so many months ago, this was the back of the house:

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Now it is this:

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I am pretty proud of what we are doing, just wait until my next update about the interior… it is going to be a dream! 🙂