allgemein&Haus08 Apr 2009 10:43 am

english german 

Kimberly und Alida cut off the protective fleece covering from the stairs so we could finally see the stairs and Alexander enjoyed the morning view with Zindy from the back door.

treppeohnefilz freunde

Haus17 Mar 2009 07:11 pm

english german 

Do  you remember this?

position of the house

Well, now that they’ve finally removed the jungle gym (scaffolding) around the house she looks like this.


… and from the front.


Haus&Rohbau01 Oct 2008 09:07 pm

english german 

Today Alexander and I had so much free time while Alida was at a birthday party that we decided to drive out to the house to see the progress.  It rained to whole day so Martin decided against riding his bike the 17 km to see it himself.

It’s starting to really look like a house now.


In the picture on the left I’m looking through the bedroom to the bathroom and stairway.  On the right you can see the two big windows in the back taken from Alida’s room.


I can finally show you how the freshly poured cement looks inside the walls.  Oh gosh, while I was taking pictures Alexander found some, as we laughingly decided to call it, dinosaur pooh.

wallsdino pooh

One last picture to show you a preview of the view from our hallway/staircase window.  


Haus&Rohbau24 Sep 2008 07:59 pm

english german 

I had a few minutes between classes today so I quickly drove out to the lot to try and catch the workers pouring the second floor.  The only thing I found when I got there was a drippy wet house and no one to be found.  They poured the second floor/ceiling and now our basement is starting to look more and more like a house.  Here is the kitchen on the right and the guest bathroom on the left. This hole will be the stairs.
kitchen and bathroom

Just before I headed back to work I climbed the scaffolding to take pictures from above. A picture taken from Alexander’s room to Alida’s room with the bathroom in the far left corner.  I even wrote our names in the wet cement.  How could I not??

upstairs names

Haus&Rohbau22 Sep 2008 07:22 pm

english german 

Yep, as of today we have scaffolding all around the house. I hope they put the roof on soon so the rain doesn’t keep collecting in the basement.


Darn bugs kept getting in all my pictures!!

bugscute bugs

Haus&Rohbau18 Sep 2008 10:05 pm

english german 

We arrived a bit too late to catch the cement truck and missed how they filled the walls but we were able to walk through the house and imagine how it will be in just a few months.  Right after our walk we played monster through the basement windows, you should hear the echo, then we visited a new friend from Alexander’s class who lives just around the corner.  His mom is really nice and is going to have coffee ready for me next week when we visit the house again.  Have I told you about the great neighbors yet??

nordost nord suedwest sued suedost

One more look at the house and then we get to wait until Monday for the second story floor to take shape.

Eingang Flur Treppe Küchenfenster Terrassentür Alexander im Garten

Haus&Rohbau17 Sep 2008 08:41 pm

english german 

It’s finally happening, the giant lego blocks have arrived and the men have begun playing building.  I took advantage of some free hours at school to run out to the house and get some pictures.  On the left you can see the bathroom and on the right, the view from the dining room through the kitchen into the guestroom/office.

truck Kueche_Gaeste

Here is the living room with a view of the backyard and our wonderful porta potty:

Wohnzimmer Detail

Here is a picture from Sabine’s second story window (have I told you we have great neighbors?!) and a later picture of the progress on the far wall.

von_oben Kueche_Bad

After about an hour of watching and chatting with the neighbors it was back to school and teaching.  Martin headed out sometime later in the day and took some pictures with his phone camera so we’ll see if we can add those.  Tomorrow the cement truck should be there to fill in the walls so I will be driving out to get some more pictures. 

Garten&Grundstück&Haus16 Sep 2008 09:41 pm

Eigentlich hätte ich mehr erwartet nach dem gestrigen Telefonat mit unserem Bauleiter. Zumindest etwas Stahl und die Steine für die Erdgeschoßwände hätten geliefert werden sollen.
…und wieso steht die Toilette noch immer im Esszimmer?

Egal, unseren Garten einmal so aufgeräumt zu sehen, war den Fahrradausflug nach Teltow wert.


Morgen werden ich trotzdem erst unsere Nachbarn anrufen, bevor ich mich für 2mal 17km aufs Fahrrad setze.

Haus&Keller06 Sep 2008 08:33 pm

english german 

Remember this?

position of the house

This is how she looked yesterday:


Yep, those wooden pegs are long gone and the basement is done, so now it’s time to fill in the hole…



and have a picnick in our hallway. We even have a porta potty in our dining room.  Lucky us!

basement picnic

Good thing the kids still love playing in the backyard.

kids in the backyard

Haus&Keller08 Aug 2008 09:41 pm

english german 

Do you remember this?

position of the house

Well, if you tried to stand there now you might fall into this:


That’s our new basement floor. Almost. First they dug out the hole and put down rock to keep water from reaching the house.

under the basement

Then they made a supporting wall for the crane that will be bringing in the side pieces (it’s that rusty metal thing behind these two cuties):

having fun

You can see they laid the concrete reinforcing mats in that picture too. Then the cement pump truck came which was a bit too big for our driveway but with lots of nerves and many, many turns of the wheel he made it in:

tight fit

The truck had a huge arm that went down to the basement.

tight fit

Behind the truck were the cement trucks to load it up. It took 3 truck loads of cement to fill in the basement:

puring cement

After the cement was poured, they made sure it was nice and smooth:


Of course, no basement is finished without our initials written in my soon-to-be sewing corner:

writing in cement

We now have to spend the weekend watering this pretty boy so it doesn’t dry out too fast. Of course the kids love going to the lot now, this is our back yard:

sand box

Next week the sides are coming so hopefully the basement will be done soon.

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