May 2013 and older

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The first of November 2012 signed the papers that made us the owner of a summer house. The first time we saw it we fell in love with the view and the surrounding country side. The house itself is in big need of renovation and we started working almost immediately after we bought it. I will add pictures her as the work proceed.

2013-05-26

Panel on portal between kitchen and living room in place.

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Awaiting electrician. Kitchen walls almost finished but we cant put the panel up until he has been here.

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2013-05-12

This stump will be used by me while drinking a beer (or two). I will get another for Marie or whoever that wants to join.

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The slope down by the lake. Could it be more like spring?

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Cowslip, a common flower all over the place.

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Cleared the junk and firewood that was scattered beneath the house. Felt really good to get rid it.

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The new woodpile to the right of the shed.Extremely stable and secure construction 🙂

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2013-04-28

Started with the panel boards in the kitchen.

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2013-04-24

Skirting boards in place in living room and bedroom. Hallway only halfway finished but you start to get an idea of what it will look like when its all in place.

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This pile of crap and more…

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…now looks like this because….

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… we loaded this wagon three times and unloaded it at the nearest city recycle station.

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Marie and her parents burned up all cut down bushes and tree and branches collected from the yard. It took all day.

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The neighbor also started to burn stuff and the smoke came in our direction. Phuiii.

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2013-04-04

Time off from the hard labour. The air temperature was only about 6 degrees Celsius but against the wall it felt like twenty. Nice 🙂

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My old work bench doesn’t work anymore so I bought a new one (it is several magnitudes better than the old one). The old one is from now on only used to support long boards when sawing.

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The old one.

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The snow is almost gone on our yard but on the lake and fields around it still persists.

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Maries mother and father has helped us greatly by clearing the beach slope from sly and bushes. They will also be in charge of the burning of it. The water view is even better now.

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All panels up.

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Hole for ventilation – check!

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Skirting boards and cornices under construction

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2013-03-24

Winter is retreating some. The sun shone and we sat on the porch for a short while until it started to blow.

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Marie continued to remove the ”skirt” and we found som bricks. The previous owner left som much garbage that we are amazed by new findings every time we visit.

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And the pile is growing

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This is not the place to go if you have to go.

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Ahh, such skilled handcraft.

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Progress! This room will be paneled by friday evening next week.

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2013-03-17

We got our delivery of new boards and I spent the day sawing them up. The last floor boards are also in place.

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Marie started to remove the rotten ”skirts” around the house.

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2013-03-10

Missing four boards to complete the bedroom floor. New material ordered.

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2013-03-03

The kitchen flor is now in place. As you might guess from the exact fitting around the pipes its a skilled carpenter that did it (i.e. me 🙂 ).

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Nice paint job by Marie on the cabinet and cabinet door.

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Bedroom floor is next to be laid. Boards cut and ready.

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Sun is warming up the roof, a taste of spring.

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This is where we will wash our face in the morning.

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2013-02-10

Hallway floor laid and panel nailed up on the wall. The fuze box will be covered with removable panels so that we can reach the fuses and the power on/off switch.

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2013-02-03

After some days of planning and prefabricating work is now progressing again.

Currently this is our ”kitchen”. We bring sandwiches, eggs and canned food from home. Coffee and tea are the only thing we need to make on site.

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The hallway walls are prepared for the wood panel. Panels are
nailed to to the horizontal battens.

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Floorboards cut and prepared for the hallway and kitchen (the real kitchen)

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First board in hallway in place. Note the precise cutting to fit the door width. Amazing:-)

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Kitchen roof and kabinet painted twice, one more paint and its finished. Then floorboards.

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More boards in place. Once again note the surgical precision with which it is cut out for the front door opening.

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What we (may) save and reinstall into the kitchen. The zink will probably go though
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2013-01-27

The plan was to start laying the kitchen floor but after some thought we found it hard to do with the kitchen interior in place. After looking more closely on it we had a joint decision to not keep it. The cabinets wasn’t in bad shape but we figured we wanted something new and fresh anyway since we are redoing the house. Said and done, everything went out the door. Next time the floor will laid hopefully,

Currently looks like this.
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The remains of someones, once upon a time, so hard work.
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2013-01-13

Last package of wall panel are sawn to pieces. We didn’t buy enough it seems, will have to buy more for the bedroom. Good thing though that the panel package is out of the way.
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Marie accidentally used anti-mold agents liquid instead of paint soda when cleaning the walls and the cabinet. Had to open the windows for a while but the good thing is that the cabinet now is guaranteed to be mold free 🙂IMG_8089

Hall is next in turn to get panel. All prepared to start. The fuse panel to the left of the door will be covered.

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Lots of waste pieces. Some of it can be used above the doors ant above the windows.
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Exceptionally bad photo!
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2013-01-04

Not  that much activity, just being there and thinking-deciding about how we want it before we move on.

All panels no up on the walls in this room including to the right of the fire place. The area behind the fire place will be painted white with heat resistant paint.
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Pile of waste grows. Will have to rent a trailer soon
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2013-01-02

We worked really hard the laste couple of days and there are some muscles that needs a rest. The snow almost melted away so Marie took the opportunity to continue to clean the garden and I cut down more juniper wood (tough tree to get down by hand saw).

Panel is now up as far as i possible. Sockets and window trims will have to wait, we will by them when all the rooms have new floor and wall panel.
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Kitchen cabinets removed. Will be replaced by a kitchen fan and maybe som shelfs. Kitchen walls will also be covered with white panels.
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Widened the opening between the kitchen and the room to get a more open feeling

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Panel will end here. Cant go further because the chimney tube is right behind the wall. Will put som new white plaster on the wall behind the fire place instead.
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Evening light moments before we left. The evening and sundown was really beautiful and serene.
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2012-12-26

Wall panel is coming on fine

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Marie stripped the kitchen. Old out new will come in time
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Electric outlet and cable by the window has to be detached from the wall. Dont like to fiddle with electricity but its necessary.20121223_02

Realizing that we will not keep the old kitchen interior

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The kitchen stove may be exchanged by another one. Works fine though so we wait with that decision.

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The old fireplace. I saved space around it for stone plates

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Dan loves Marie message saved for future discovery

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Built the sawhorse myself. Its a tad bit unsteady and I wouldn’t place something valuable on it.

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Summer stuff sleeping through winter cold and darkness

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2012-12-09

Beautiful winters day, minus 17 degrees Celsius.
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2012-11-25

No wind, no sound. Tranquility.
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2012-11-18

Fitting the last boards in a room is always the hardest.
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It was a very, very, very, gray day

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2012-11-15

Mild weather, sunny. Fantastic day

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Preparing to saw.

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Prepared to continue next day

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Sundown. Not bad ey?

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2012-11-14

The previous owner left a lot of stuff under the house. Perfect hiding place for rats and other creatures.

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The sauna. The tar paper on the roof was in less than top shape and three or four roof boards has to be replaced. Otherwise in ok condition.20121114_40

This little shed was used as toilet. Now used for storing garden tools and other odd things. Still holding together but for how long.20121114_41

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Sadly this magnificent juniper bush had to go down. It obscured the view from the porch.
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The gray tree plates at the bottom of the house that is hiding the crawling space under the house shall be removed and replaced by ribs instead. Its amazing that the current plates has withstood the weather for at least 30 years.

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Lots of small stuff to fix. It looks worse than it is though. The tree itself is in good shape mostly but some has to be replaced.
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The roof is fine but needs to be cleaned

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A grid is placed on the chimney. The previous owner said that magpie chickens once fell down the chimney. Apparently magpies had built a nest on the chimney while they where in town.20121114_55

2012-11-13

Not a big toilet but it has whats needed. No more, no less.

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This is what it looked like before we started the renovation work.

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2012-10-31, the day before it was ours

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