March 2009

allgemein30 Mar 2009 07:58 pm

english german 

Let the packing begin!!


Elektro&Innenausbau&Küche26 Mar 2009 11:23 pm

english german 

Notice anything?


How about now?


Yep, you’re seeing things correctly, today as Kimberly arrived at the house the electrician was standing in the kitchen checking the switches and  plugs.  He had hooked up our electricity and now we have light in the house.  Well, that is we will have light in the house as soon as we get some light bulbs to hang in the rooms.  We chose light sensors in the mudroom and the hallways so you never have to flip the switch when you come in.

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We also have our very own door bell that really goes ding dong.

doorbell2 doorbell

Water should be in our house soon but until then it was nice to see there was also a water meter hooked up and ready to go.  Now to wait for the waste pipes to be connected.


Hausanschlüsse&Heizung&Küche24 Mar 2009 10:23 pm

english german 

Eventhough Kimberly was at the house again today, Martin’s cell phone rang off the hook from 8 am to 1 pm every 10 minutes.  Here are just a few of the conversations:

e-on: “You do know that the hole that was drilled for electricity is wrong, don’t you?”
Electrician: “Are you hooked up yet, we’d really like to come by and get things finished.”
Digger boys: “What should we do with the extra hole we drilled in the wall?  You now have one too many.”
Telekom: “e-on just informed me that you also want telephone but we need a signature, are you at the house now?”

That’s pretty much how it sounded the entire day.  The hole in the wall will be temporarily filled for later use and the other holes are ready to be filled with utilities.

schweizer_kaese schweizer_wand kernbohrung_nah

The water connection was found in the driveway and brought into the house even though we had a bit of a hail storm at that point of the day.

schneesturm frischwasser wasseruhr_fehlt

The sewer pipes have also been connected.

abwasser1 oktopus

It looks like the heating guy is standing around not quite sure what to do but in reality he’s fixing the broken heating pipe.

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The only one who didn’t let anything bother him was the kitchen guy, Kai.  He just kept putting the kitchen together and it sure was fun to watch.

ganz_genau kontrolle insel induktion

It was not just fun to watch but also impressive, Martin would have taken 2 weeks to finish what he managed in just 2 days.  We love our new kitchen.

spuelstein insel_fertig steckdose kueche_gesamt

Oh and of course our youngest cook had to get cooking on the new duck pots at our new stove.  Now if we just had electricity it would be complete.


Hausanschlüsse&Heizung&Küche23 Mar 2009 09:21 pm

english german 

Today was finally the day.  While the kitchen pieces were being caried into the house, the men began making room for electricity and water to flow into the house.

kueche_wird_geliefert heizung_gleich_defekt

It all started out so well and then the problems happened.  Kai, the kitchen guy, couldn’t continue puting in the kitchen because the hole for the kitchen fan hadn’t been drilled and according to the workers should have been done before the outside of the house was finished.  Why do they always say that??  Now, that should have been done long ago!  In the end the boys took chisles and made the hole manually which worked out well.  Of course, this forced Kai to first put things on in the completely wrong order but there wasn’t much he could do until the boys were done making a mess in the kitchen.  By the end of the day all of the doors had handles and a few things were prepped for tomorrow.

Unfortunately, the digger boys were working according to plan which meant they should dig right where our collectors are along the side of the house.  As you can imagine they broke a collector and the heating people rushed out to fix the problem.  The heater would be out for the next 2 days but Kimberly was just hoping everything would be in working order soon enough and then stay that way.  After that fiasko they did manage to dig a way for the water pipes and the sewer pipes on the opposite side out of the house.

abluft abluft_abwasser abwasser

The digger and drilling boys wanted to drill a few more holes in the house so we could have water, electricity, telephone and sewer so they headed to the basement to do it.  Kimberly was in the house today just to watch the kitchen being installed and to answer any questions that may arise but soon was asked where to drill the holes for the utilities.  Decisions were made and 4 holes were drilled.  We’ll see if it all works out.


Kimberly stayed safely in the kitchen where Kai stayed calm and collected and slowly put things in a better perspective.  He was great!!!

kueche_im_wohnzimmer waschbecken kuecheneck

Fliesen22 Mar 2009 09:43 pm

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Just a short note, Wofi was back in the city to spend yet another weekend in the basement.  All the tiles are down including the the tile baseboards and we’re now ready to grout. 

sockelleiste2 sockelleiste

Haus17 Mar 2009 07:11 pm

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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.


Außenputz&Innenausbau&Türen16 Mar 2009 09:00 pm

english german 

That’s what Kimberly thought of as she walked towards the house.  We had seen a sample of the color and thought it would be more of an oatmeal, but looking at the color in all its on-the-wall glory it looked much more like vanilla than oatmeal.  What do you think?  Yep, Kimberly went kind of picture happy.

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Of course she also has to show you the three men who worked on our house today.

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Oh here is what Kimberly saw when she went down the stairs today.

whitedoors doors

Much better!!!!  Now to get that grout she bought today between those tiles.

Fliesen&Innenausbau15 Mar 2009 10:08 pm

english german 

Today was yet another day of tiles and, as you can imagine, we are slowly but surely getting sick of tiling and having morter under our nails.  Kimberly spent the day making the blisters on her hands bigger by scraping the dried morter from the joints and cleaning the tiles so they would be ready for grout sometime this week.

stairstiles laundry

Martin is getting faster and faster and his tiles are looking better and better.  He finished more than half of the big room today and we’re getting excited to think there actually is a light at the end of this tile tunnel.

edge2 edgeend bigroom

The kids are always with us in the house when we’re working and they usually play either in their rooms with the toys that I’ve already packed and brought over, or they play outside with Alida’s scooter or on the scaffolding which Alida calls her jungle gym.  Today, however, they decided to sit with us and discover a better use for left-over cut tiles and cayons.

drawing tiledrawing

Who needs toys or paper when you have left-over tile?


Fliesen&Innenausbau14 Mar 2009 09:54 pm

english german 

A Saturday’ s work that is.  Martin’s back was a bit better, so today we continued work on the house.  Kimberly finished the laundry room tiles and the last few under the stairs.

laundryroom1 tilesstairs

Martin finished a large part of the great room tiles.

tilesbigroom cutie

Oh, and a neighbor from across the street came over to see the house and to chat, which is Kimberly’s favorite distraction from tiling, and look what he brought us!  This mailbox which is the one they used when they first moved in 7 years ago before they spent tons of money for a reallly nice one.


Aren’t the neighbors wonderful?

Außenputz10 Mar 2009 09:16 pm

english german 

Kimberly and Martin decided to take a bit of a break from working on the house the last 2 days to do other things such as work, the kids and even housework, not to mention that Martin is sick of tiling.  Although Kimberly didn’t want to work inside the house today, she still drove out after school to see the progress on the outside of the house and to get a few packed boxes out of the tiny apartment and into the kids’ rooms.  When she got there she was pleasantly surprised by the progress that was made on the window and door borders.  The side of the house was also ruined by rain so it had to be redone.

window frontdoor

back side

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