martedì 17 febbraio 2015


Dear Reader,

have you ever had a dream, in which you knew you had to complete a task, like doing something or going somewhere, and you tried and tried and tried... but every time something came in the way, every step a new obstacle arose, so that no matter what you tried, no matter the effort, the completion of the task never got closer...??? Well, that's how the past few months felt for us. A mountain of planning, organizing, waiting, finding new solutions, replanning, reorganizing, waiting again...!! Ugh!

After what seemed one-and-a-half eternity, we managed to submit the request for the construction permit at the beginning of February (vielen Dank Herr Alfons und Frank!!) and are now waiting for the response. This also meant that finally a first change could be seen on the land:

Isn't that be-au-ti-ful???? :-) My soul mate and I, we were SO excited when we first saw the rods!!! For the first time we could actually 'see' the house. It's still a bit thin and airy, I admit, but I already love it!!

Thennn, while waiting for the construction permit to come, we're dealing with a few hundreds other documents, contracts, certificates, offers, etc.etc. that need to be prepared before we can start anything. Lesson learnt: Building a house requires an enormous amount of paperwork and admin skills. And to get everything done (in the right order!) some strategic skills (e.g., chess experience) would surely help!

However we have to be confident that, once the process is started, all pieces with fall in the right place (sooner or later...). And so we move one, tiny piece of paper after tiny piece of paper.

Tomorrow one first cool deadline: we're going to choose a few pieces for the house: floor, doors, windows, stairs... Bemusterung-time!! Yaaaaaay!! :-) so stay tuned, some updates coming soon!

Till then, take care.

martedì 10 febbraio 2015


Dear Reader,

what happens when an Italian and a German Sweden-house loving people meet in Switzerland? An Italo-German-Swiss-Swedish house! And since both our Sweden-house loving persons have families and friends living abroad, this blog is going to offer snap-shots of the adventure of building such a house.

Of course, when we talk about an Italo-German-Swiss-Swedish house, a first issue is the language that should be used to talk about it! Here I'll opt for a mélange of English, with Italian and German components and eventually Swedish and Swiss-German accents :-) claro, no? Ups, that was Spanish...

Soso...our adventure doesn't start today, it has been going on for quite a while already. It was 2011 when my beloved soul mate and I started dreaming about a own tiny piece of land with a own tiny, cosy house on it. A warm, comfortable house where to feel at home, at best close to a wood or grove. That was the start, but it did take a bit of time for that dream to slowly transform into a concrete project...

Now we are so far. The tiny piece of land is there, close to a nice, quite large wood and a lovely brook. The house (a beautiful Rörvikshus house) has been planned and designed in details with much love and care (thank you Herr Fortenbach!) and the Baubewilligung (permesso di costruzione) is hopefully on its way.

Qui una foto della terra:

And here how the house should look like at the end!!!


Well, dear Reader, I hope you'll enjoy sharing this piece of journey with us, and of course I'll be happy to read your comments or questions. Let's the adventure begin!

Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains in the moon.
(Thank you Tolkien)