Thursday, June 13, 2013

One way to spend a summer

I have put more energy on my vintage shop lately, colorful mosaics have to wait for autumn. Oh I have a desire to create something new... but we are renovating our old timber house this summer and there is simply no time for mosaics.

The house is more that 100 years old, with a really good aura. The workmen who have built the house have known all the secrets of making a proper timber house. The walls, the timber is still very strong. This is a place where my heart belongs and we want to make a beautiful and very cozy home out of it. We are hoping to put a new stone roof on the house this year, use a soda blast to make the timber walls light again, build a new fire stove, a chimney, a large fireplace, put new ceiling and winterize the house from the outside. Big plans, so much to do with so little time. 

Here are some pictures of the work in progress:

We changed lower row of the timber last summer and put on new bigger windows

Alan, his father and brother-in-law taking off the old roof

Taking off rafters and later on a crooked chimney as well

 Me cleaning up the mess on the roof

 Yay, so tired, dirty and fulfilled

Today I´m working inside, just took off a wall

We are hoping for a dry and sunny weather. I´m going to add more photos later on this summer, sadly not about mosaics this time but about building and living a dream, our dream :)


  1. amazing! I could never imagine me doing that.. Can't wait to see it done, already gorgeous even if it's half done :)

  2. Wow!) Its lot of work and you did so much already!!! I wish you a sunny weather and lot of energy to build your dream! Id love to see more pictures in progress!!)

  3. Oh my! I can't wait to see the finished result! It's amazing you have the courage to tackle this project. It seems you still have a lot of work!

  4. I'm of the firm belief that renovating a house is more work and more expensive than building a new house. But sometimes it is quite worth it :) Good luck with the renovation! I hope everything goes well!

  5. Beautiful house and fantastic work! Your dream is wonderful!!

  6. That house is totally worth all the work, big congrats!
    As I thought now I feel a bit better with 'just' inside restoration...

  7. Oh, Sirliiiiiiiii!!!!!! Can I move in with you, pleaseeeeeee?!?!??!?!? I always wanted to live in a timber house and your garden is gorgeous and I would help you with the gardening and look after your numerous babies! Such a gorgeous house! - ... but do you really need to soda blast the outside? It has such a lovely aged and wise colour now...
    I wish you lots of happiness in it!!!!

  8. Wow!!! I absolutely love old buildings but I'm not sure could I step in such a project. I admire your energy! It's fantastic that you are working in and towards your dream. I wish you good building weather!