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An Update!

Things are happening fast. The windows are in. The roof should be finished soon. Electric is almost finished. Almost all of the drywall is up. Pipes were installed last week for the ventilation system. This week the pipes for the floor heating will be installed and then the Estrich (screed) will be poured.

It’s interesting how the floors with wiring and pipes are done in Germany. I can only speak about how things are being done in our case. First, the cables for electricity, telephony and climate control are laid out. What I have seen in the US is that cables are threaded through or behind wall studs in order to get where they need to be. Here they are laid out mostly along the floor where it meets the walls and then is threaded up to where it needs to go. I’ll post some pics as soon as I get them.

After the wiring, the pipes for ventilation and floor heating get installed. When that is all done the estrich is poured. Estrich is a kind of concrete that is poured right onto the floor encasing all the wires and pipes in it when it dries. This is a bit weird to me. It seems a bit final. If you want to do any remodeling in the future and you need to bust up the estrich for whatever reason, it could quickly get very expensive and labor intensive, but that is the way they roll over here.

Putting in the windows…

Putting in electric cables…

Ventilation pipes…

Fussbodenheizung…

Estrich…

More to come…