Hooray For The Home Team

The white anemone is a diversion with our makeshift kitchen in the background

Is your house ever in such a state that you *hope* noone drops by? Then you make a concerted effort to clear and shine everything before some anniversary, when a group of friends, who you invited several weeks ago in a fit of bravado, come to visit. For our part, with four kids, a big house, and two working adults, this is more like the normal state than the exception. … Continue reading

Architectural Fees – What is Appropriate?

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I was at a social gathering one night and the conversation turned to prices for architectural services, of all things… An acquaintance told me (slightly upset) that he had paid more than 60,000 NOK (approx. 8000 EUR) in architectural fees even before he put the shovel in the ground! After interrogating him about what kind of services the architect had done I had to disagree that this was an exorbitant … Continue reading

What do you do for a living?

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Recently I’ve met a lot of interesting people. Just last week I was inspired by Lucky Linda who lectured on finding your life purpose. I’ve met an interior designer who organizes self-improvement courses, a graphic designer who works as inspirator for her colleagues, a doctor who recently published book about diet and nutrition, a hairdresser working as a musician, and an architect who paints pictures. It may say something about … Continue reading

Home Sweet Home Improvement II

new kitchen floor plan sketch

Since I posted this post last September, listing our home improvement to-do list, few things have actually happened in our home (well, tons of things have happened, however, not so much home improvement-wise), but there has been some development on paper… The Garden Project The family room in the garden is taking shape with the new protective wall. This will not only make our garden more private, but contains a … Continue reading

How to Tile on Plastered Walls

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I love how you can use the Internet for finding out “how to” do this and that. Since neither my husband nor myself are particularly handy we usually get professional help, but it is actually quite rewarding to do-it-yourself. Still, it is a good idea to check with the experts first. Matt Milstead, who is the author of this guest post, is an expert on tiling. He shares his knowledge … Continue reading

Home Sweet Home Improvement

Home Sweet Home Improvement

After an adventurous year in Italy we’re back in our hometown, Trondheim, getting ready for some serious home improvement. Our house has been rented out to a bunch of young males, and you can’t say that it has improved much this past year. On the contrary, the weak spots were practically screaming towards us upon our return… Even though we have been quite happy to have a break from the … Continue reading

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