Tuesday, 16 December 2014

our house renovation, week 15

Living room seen from the hallway. I turn around and see... 

...this; stairs (to be) to the basement living room + bathroom/laundry room, kitchen (left) and hallway (right).

Kitchen window (right) and huge living room window (left)

Kitchen, to be. Semi-open; no door in the opening there. The dining table will be ca where the lamp is.

Kitchen, to be

Stairway, to be

Hallway and main entrance to the left and small hallway, three bedrooms and bathroom to the right. Built-in shelves in-between the hallway doors.

Hallway and bedrooms seen from where the dining table will be.

Very happy we decided to go for this huge window.

Basement suite is veeery close to being completely finished. Main entrance is to the right next to the wardrobe. One of three bedrooms straight ahead.


Bathroom straight ahead; two bedrooms to the left

PS: Ten weeks ago

Monday, 15 December 2014

right now

from the 2010 archives // Fuji Pro 160C, Canon EOS 500N

Right now I'm

- exhausted, totally exhausted
- relieved that the grand grading job is veeery close to being completely finished
- happy that Friday is the last day of school/work before a two weeks VERY much needed Christmas break
- eating chocolate and chips
- thankful for my very patient husband (I have been a stressed out, emotional monster lately)
- thankful for the beautiful red roses he gifted me today
- pleased to have ordered our Christmas cards
- longing for real winter weather
- missing shooting film and using my real camera (not just my iPhone camera)
- ready to go to bed and fall asleep before 10 pm

Sunday, 14 December 2014

life, week 49

December 1

watching Little Miss Sunshine with my 10th grade English students // they deserved a treat in-between midterms 

grading student papers // 112 of them within a couple of weeks #yawn

introducing her to my childhood Christmas tradition // Skomakergata slo an, tror jeg 

Proud to say that I have a five page story on Bergen - my words and photos - in the December issue of the gorgeous British The Simple Things magazine 

bed time reading with a little glowing snowman as her torch

bedroom to be // our house renovation, week 14

First a candle lit breakfast with Bing Crosby's Christmas carols on the stereo, then grading student papers whilst listening to the pouring rain. Oh the contrasts of December! 

krumkaker in the making // a family Christmas tradition 

the mandatory December decoration 

That fleeting...

...winter light...

...that always...

...makes me...


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Week 49: December 1-7

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Stavanger house renovation, week 14

Before (bedrooms)


Before (hallway to the left, bedrooms straight forward, bathroom to the right)


Living room seen from the hallway

Living room seen from the kitchen, terrace to the left

Kitchen and hallway seen from the living room. Staircase (we finally ordered it this week) to the basement living room will be to the left.

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A Portugese reader emailed me and asked: Why to renovate an old house? Wouldn't be more simple to remove the old one and do a new one? Is it because of contraction law?

Yes, it would probably be a lot easier to just start fresh, especially since we ended up doing so much to the house. We did plan to do quite a lot of renovation when we bought the house, but we didn't expect there would be so much extra that needed to be done (the drainage, for example). To demolish the house and build a new one, would still be much more expensive than renovate. Also, we like old houses. 

Marion commented: I am wondering if you're planning to share thoughts & plans about insulation/heating/energy consumption - i'd love to hear about this.

We are doing it rather straight forward, I think. The drainage work gave us the perfect opportunity to insulate the basement properly. The ground floor seems to be pretty well insulated already. The whole basement has underfloor heating, and the ground floor will be heated with a wood stove plus electric radiators (panelovn in Norwegian, like this). The bathroom and hallway will have underfloor heating. 


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