Elektro&Fußboden&Innenausbau&Malerarbeiten23 Feb 2009 10:57 pm

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Kimberly went back to work today while Martin and Wolfram started on the Pergo.  First they had to get everything ready, they had to scrape the cement clumps from the floor, sweep the fine shavings from the drywaller, lay and tape together the polyethylene, put the Pergo cutter together and then they could finally get to work.  Right after school Kimberly and the kids came to see what they had accomplished…I mean to finish painting the last two rooms.

The electricians were back at work again and finished cabling the fuse box.  They also installed all the outlets and light switches. 

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Malerarbeiten22 Feb 2009 11:45 pm

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Opa spoiled the kids today and went to the aquarium and then McDonald’s which gave us some very valuable alone painting time.  We managed to finished the last 3 walls in Alexander’s room and then continue in the same grey tone for the stairwell which goes from the 2nd floor to the ground floor and kitchen and then into the basement.  We also painted 2 colors in the living room but after 10 hours of holding a paint roller, we decided to call it a day and went home.  We had originally planned to finish painting all the rooms in the house today and then not touch another can of paint again for a good long time but we still have the mud room and guest room that need to see some color. Tomorrow is yet another day.

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allgemein&Innenausbau&Malerarbeiten21 Feb 2009 10:18 pm

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We really wanted to spend some well-deserved time with the kids this weekend and not do any work in the house but we didn’t manage to get as much painting done as planned during the week, so Saturday we were back at work.  Opa Wolfi came on Friday to help out which made us so very uninteresting to the kids anyway.

At 10 am we had made plans to meet the Kern-Haus team to show our house to 10 families that will be possibly building houses with our company too.  It was a fun morning and our first ‘party’ in the new house.  We love our house and we really enjoyed showing it off.  This was also the perfect chance to get some things worked out such as a new handle for our front door.  Yeah!!!


After everyone had left at about  2 pm we grabbed our paint rollers again and got back to work.  Martin had a ceiling and the upstairs bathroom to paint white while Kimberly touched up the joints in all the rooms on the first floor.  After that the white paint was closed for good and it was time for more color!!  We started in Alexander’s room with one wall in blueberry, just as he requested.  The other 3 walls will be done tomorrow.

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We then went to our bedroom where one wall was painted in dark nutmeg and the other three in nutmeg two shades lighter.  Martin was worried that we might have to paint the dark wall another coat, but we’ll have to see tomorrow in the daylight.

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Elektro&Fliesen&Malerarbeiten20 Feb 2009 11:13 pm

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When we got to the house this morning the electricians were already working.  They were busy all morning installing our new fuse box.  After seeing the size of it, I couldn’t help but wonder if we were in charge of the neighbors’ fuses as well.  😉


We decided to start with a second coat of white paint when someone knocked at the door to tell us that they were delivering our tiles for the basement. The truck was too big to fit down the driveway and there was so much snow that hadn’t been shovelled on the driveway that they couldn’t drive the small fork lift, so they were dropped off on the street. We decided the best way to get them into the house without too much pain would be to load them in parts and drive them down in our car.  It worked well and after we had brought 42 packs of them into the house we got back to work with white paint.


About 2 hours later we heard another knock at the door, the truck with the Pergo for the entire second floor had arrived.  This time we quickly grabbed a neighbor’s shovel and managed to clear a small strip for the fork lift to drive down.

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After a well-deserved break we were finally, after 3 weeks of only unsing white, able to dip into the first can of colored paint.  We finished painting Alida’s room pink and purple, just as she wanted it. Thanks to her help, of course.

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Innenausbau&Malerarbeiten19 Feb 2009 09:12 pm

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Kimberly worked from bottom up starting under the stairs in the basement, of course under careful watch by the Barbie family lounging on the stairs.

While she was working her way up, Martin painted all of the ceilings and then finished painting the higher parts in the stairwell where Kimberly’s arms just didn’t quite reach.

In order to stick to our plan of having all walls white before we called it a day today, Alida had to take a break from playing in the snow and pick up a roller to help.  Of course, she was more than happy to help paint her new room.

After today our house is as white inside as the snow around it outside.  Tomorrow it will be time for some color!!

Innenausbau&Malerarbeiten&Trockenbau18 Feb 2009 11:03 pm

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The dry wall guys were back one last time.  They’ve put in our attic door so we can now go up and see what’s up there and they finished filling in the joints between the separate pieces of dry wall.  They also went around and made sure all the dry wall was sanded well enough and fixed small imperfections.

Martin and Alida spent the day, or at least a good 5 hours of it, filling in the remaining joints.

The walls on the ground floor are still all white and thanks to Kimberly’s hard work today the bathrooms and kitchen have a last coat of paint which deems them done. (That faint orange you see on the back wall in the kitchen is the orange from the neighbors’ house reflecting on the white, we hope to do something fun with this wall so it doesn’t look so orange in the future, you’ll see.)

Another thanks goes to Kimberly’s balancing act in the stairwell, now the walls are all primed and we don’t have to touch another can of that sticky stuff!  While we were busy painting Alida drew pictures and Alexander grabbed the camera.  What do you think of Alida’s apples, blueberries, hamburgers and cherries?

Innenausbau&Malerarbeiten&Trockenbau18 Feb 2009 07:14 am

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Today was a busy day although there is not much to see.  The dry wall guy was there sanding down the walls upstairs when we finally reached the house at 9, the roads were horribly icy which made driving no fun.

While we were waiting for him to finish we spackled some of the holes left by the workers that have come and gone and we also tape up the stairs so now the stairwell is ready for paint.  As soon as the dry wall guy was done we scrambled upstairs to prime all the dry walls.  It worked out well because as soon as we were done upstairs he was done downstairs and we were able to prime all those dry walls too.  Tomorrow they get their first coat of white paint.

Fußboden&Innenausbau&Malerarbeiten16 Feb 2009 09:58 pm

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Martin’s vacation is half over 🙁 and this week Kimberly has a week off from school 🙂 so work in the house continues at double speed.
On Saturday we bought, hopefully, the last 50 liters of white paint and 9 different colors for the walls that we had them mix for us at OBI.  Today we painted all the cement outside and carrying walls with one coat of white and the window recesses have been painted with a second coat of white.

While we were busy painting inside the house, the kids were busy playing in the newly fallen snow outside the house.  They managed to make 5 snowmen and get soaking wet but it was well worth it to see their happy faces!!!

Tomorrow morning at 7 the dry wall men should be there to finish working on the rest of the walls.  As soon as they are done it means we are priming and painting those too.  Then we can’t wait to put down this Pergo, our wild pear as seen in its soon-to-be natural environment:

Fußboden&Innenausbau&Malerarbeiten&Sanitär14 Feb 2009 12:02 am

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Not much has changed except that the window recesses, the bathroom and a few other walls have a coat of white paint on them.
Well, almost not much. Remember how the bathroom was so nicely tiled except for the floor and part of the shower? Well, there was a bit of a communication problem when the floors where poured which resulted in the the shower floor being poured flat when it was supposed to have a slight incline to let the water run into the drain along the wall. Thanks to our builder, things were put right and after meeting all workers involved the cement floor people came to hammer out the cement in both bathrooms and pour new floors. This time it has a bit more of a slope to it and it will be dry and ready to tile in 48 hours.

We’ve also been dealing with the Pergo problem, which was originally the Pergo decision. This has turned into a major time eater because we just can’t decide what we like. Here are the eight samples we’ve managed to collect over the past few months that have become possiblities.

Plum, walnut, birch, Jatoba Brasil, oak, Mansonian walnut, cherry and another walnut. After discusing it with everyone who came in the house, not one worker was left unscathed, and looking at them all in every light possible we decided to that Jatoba Brasil was the best for us. So off we went to buy enough to cover 3 bedrooms and the hall but when we got there we saw Wildbirne and decided it was even prettier so that’s what we bought. Isn’t that about right?? Curious to see what she looks like? For now, here she is in her natural surroundings. 😉

Fußboden&Innenausbau&Malerarbeiten12 Feb 2009 10:48 pm

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Today Martin painted the third and last room of the basement which means that the basement is finished except for the tiles.  He didn’t really like the living room ceiling so he decided to paint it one more time.  We, once again, came to pick him up early to try out yet another building store to see if we could find just the right Pergo, time is running out and we really need to find something.  The good thing is that Bauhaus has a great selection of Pergo but the bad news is that we came home with 4 different samples to see just which one we like the best.  Tomorrow we’ll decide which one has made the cut after looking at them in the house in the afternoon light.  I hope we find one, this is just not easy!!

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