Installing New Windows

The progress continues. Now we have completed the installation of new windows on the top floor! 🙂 We have just a new balcony door to go. We chose triple glazed windows from Elitfönster which are aluminium, these are grey outside and white inside. We chose these for a number of reasons, first of all they will keep the heat in and sound out. Also aluminum ages much better. We chose to not have all opening windows, some due to safety and others due to cost. Windows that open are significantly more expensive so we made sure that we strategically placed windows to allow for proper airflow.

Even though the finishing touches are not complete it has made a huge difference. Check it out in the pics below…

Back door/window

Before and After

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Living Room Windows:

Before and After

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During

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Staircase

Before and After

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So-to-be Kitchen

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Soon-to-be Bedroom

Before and After

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Long time, no speak!

So it has been a while between blog posts and house updates. Unfortunate circumstances meant I had to take off to Australia for a few weeks, leaving Fredrik to move us in to the new house and keep the renovations happening. Of course he has been doing an absolutely amazing job (as always). His Dad spent a lot of time here while I was away to help him and the progress has been great and the quality of work is second to none. His poor Dad had to sleep in the kitchen!! That is commitment!

So what was Fredrik doing these long summer days?

  • Creating channels for the new skylights
  • Laying a slab in the new open-plan living room to even out the floor
  • Putting floor heating in the bathroom, electricity work, new ceiling etc etc
  • Cleaning up two downstairs rooms for storage

One job that ended taking a lot more time than anticipated was the skylights. It was a lot of precision work to get the right angles and consistency on all three (soon to be four) windows.

Here are some pics of our progress.

Rooms downstairs

Before and After Photos


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During the renovation

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Working on the Skylights

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Bathroom Renovation

It has been a busy week… absolutely exhausting. I will add more posts with the other things we have accomplished later but first, the big one… the bathroom!

We have had some help from Fredrik’s Dad and that man is a working machine!! It has been so good to have him here and he really likes to do things right, a bit of a perfectionist, which makes me feel secure that everything is being done to the highest standard. This bathroom is our small bathroom upstairs which we will use until we start working on our big lux bathroom downstairs.

It is a really small room and we are just going to keep it basic. The trick to making a small bathroom feel bigger? Use large tiles and make sure that the grout closely matches the tile colour… the less lines the more open, it will give the illusion of more space. So I have chosen large floor tiles in grey colour, they are 600mm x 300mm and big white wall tiles which are 550mm x 300mm, plus a feature if white mosiac tiles in the shower. We will have basic white furniture. Finished photos to come in some weeks, after Fredrik’s Dad comes back to help finish up! 🙂

The mosaic:

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All pipes were from 1959 so it was important to find and replace them all. So we did that and then have laid the floor. Next steps are floor heating, walls spackle, tiles, then connection of plumbing and furniture.

Want to see how they have done? Watch this…

And the wall begins to fall….

Today we were busy little bees! We had some helpers from Västervik in the form of Fredrik’s Mum and Brother. The extra muscle definitely made a difference today, the wall is only about half way down and OMG does one wall result in a LOT of wheelbarrows full of rubble! I started off by cleaning out the room where the heating pump is currently located as tomorrow the removal of this pretty thing in the pic below is happening. Is it only me or does this look like something from a horror film?

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Otherwise… this is pretty much what happened today summed up in to a 10 second film:

The outcome?

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Renovation Vacation

Now that our holidays have started it is time to really get cracking. We move in to the house in 3 weeks, so we need to make the inside a little bit more livable. We have prioritised one room downstairs which will be our temporary bedroom so we have done a quick paint job and thrown in some cheap floorboards. All experienced renovators tell us a fresh bedroom is REALLY important, so we have listened.

Sometimes it feels overwhelming, but we just need to keep focused and take it one step at a time.

Check out the photos of our progress:

The temporary bedroom:

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Filling up the holes:

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Just some skirting boards left and we can sleep in here… oh… and a new light!!

Some other happenings on the constructions site have included:


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Fredrik aka McGyver decided to make it easier to get stuff in the bin so instead of walking down the stairs, he constructed this little platform for us to throw the rubbish from. The boy is a genius.IMG_3581

 

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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