The previous owner had a pathway right through the middle of the garden. Which gave the garden a really kind of square feeling and it wasnt really super practical to use. So I had this vision of having it at least at the top more curved and one Sunday – after both of us had spent the day sleeping from exhaustion – we tackled it without giving it too much thought lolVIEW POST
Our roof went from this (above) to this (below)…VIEW POST
We had a fairly long break between the dry wall framing going up and this! Jan came up for a weekend two weeks ago to help with everything regarding electrical wiring. And by helping I mean basically doing it himself. I mean we would have managed to install plug sockets and get power in the garden house but in no way shape our form could we have planned the whole things as professional as he did. Thank God for friends with a practical education lolVIEW POST
A few weeks ago Alex came for a visit and helped us (Albrecht :-D) built the framing for a dry wall that will seperate the bedroom from the rest of the house.VIEW POST
The first wall came down. Well, if we are exact the first wall and two ceilings came down.VIEW POST
After our two day cleaning ordeal with everybody, Albrecht spent a couple of days afterwards driving it all away and got started on cleaning out the garage. Now we are pretty much done – or have been done for a week or two by now. We walked through both houses, argued a little about what to do next 😀 and have settled on a plan. We will renovate the “garden house” first, move in and then will take out time renovating the main house. We are in no hurry as of now to renovate the main house because we currently am in no need of 3 kid rooms lol. We do need to remove a wall and get the roof done on both houses because there is rain damage to be found in the main house but everything else can wait and be done whenever we have the time, money and vision.VIEW POST
First house post – many to follow! We negotiated to clean out the house ourselve and oh my God! How one can live with so much garbage and stuff EVERYWHERE is beyond me. I felt so overwhelmed and a few times literally sick to my stomach. The house had mice – dead and alive – though the whole downstairs area in the main house and smelled reeaaally bad. We were lucky though to have really good friends show up on their easter weekend and help us clean it all out. We made it a fun couple of days!!
I mean, there are more rooms but you get the idea… 😉
Its a two story plus attic main house, a one story house (we call it the “garden house” plus a huuuuge garage (like 200 qm huge) and a garden. We somehow managed to clean out both houses and the garden in two days. TWO DAYS!! I dont know how but we did it. In the end we had almost 4.000 kg of “Sperrmüll”, 3 small trailers full of paper, at least the same amount of plastic garbage, 1 trailer full of old electronic stuff and I dont know how much metall (“Schrott”) etc.. We could not have done it with out the help of all those wonderful people!!! Its been really special to share this new adventure with all of them!
The “after” pictures will come in a second post 🙂
Let me tell you I did not think that would be us right now! Albrecht and I every once in a while dreamt about owning our own house – especially Albrecht. Since Albrecht just started his business though and me being in/out of school and not working right now and us paying quiet a lot of rent a month we did not think that would be a possibility for at least a few years. One of our goals for this year was actually to put more money aside to be able to buy in a few years. Well – here we are 😀VIEW POST