How It’s Renovated: The Rough Cuts

Everybody loves time-lapse movies!

Time Lapse Day 2

A townhome across from Bugle HQ has been under renovation since we moved here. In fact, every third residence in Luxembourg-Ville seems to be under renovation. When we looked for apartments this spring, our expectations changed radically from our time in Dublin. By the second day of touring residences, a five-year-old apartment looked dilapidated.

Some renovations completely change the exterior of the building. Our own building might have a core structure that’s 100 years old, but it appears to be about ten years old from the exterior (and interior) style.

Back to the building across the street: the exterior renovations began recently, so the Bugle staff deployed some new toys to document the progress. And you, dear readers, get a special preview of the results. To Anita’s eyes, it looks a little like one of those beloved Sesame Street segments.

Here’s the first video, as the scaffolding goes up. There aren’t a lot of interesting parts to this one, but it is an effective introduction to our project. It’s just over one minute long. If you have the bandwidth, use THIS LINK and click on the HD button to see the fine details.

Then there’s the second video, from the second day of work. There are some nice bits in this one, including the final level of scaffolding from 0:40 to 1:05, the rubbish chute at about 1:20, and sunset at the end of the video. Again, here’s the link for best quality.

The third video, almost two minutes long, portrays a slow day due to bad weather. You do get to see some deliveries in the morning, and in the afternoon, the scraping and covering of the roof: the third link.

These are not the most exciting videos that have appeared on the Bugle blog, but fans of the Canadian program, How It’s Made may enjoy watching the process of renovating a Luxembourgish home. We may turn the highlights into a full-fledged Bugle Production, so all suggestions are welcome!

15 Comments to “How It’s Renovated: The Rough Cuts”

  1. Katherine said...
    4 November 2009

    Holy crap, Will, that was awesome. I can’t imagine how much time that took, but the results were very cool.

  2. Ed Le Canard said...
    5 November 2009

    Jesus! That’s really interesting.

  3. Hugh Jarse said...
    5 November 2009

    Flying muffins! That was bloody brilliant. Dream Works watch out!

  4. John Smith said...
    6 November 2009

    Lord God Almighty! That really is mind blowing. That must have taken sooooo much time. The results are amazing. I love construction work and scaffolding.


  5. Edward Arnold said...
    7 November 2009

    I love the bit when the yellow van drives down the road.

  6. Amy Smudgebury said...
    9 November 2009

    Crikey moses! That’s just mind blowing. What other things did you do on those days, or did your camera do it automatically for you ?

  7. Dave said...
    9 November 2009

    I think you undersold Day Three. I was expecting a whole lot of nothing, but the scraping of the roof was pretty sweet.

  8. Eddie Fying said...
    11 November 2009

    Jeepers Creepers, holy cow! That is far and away the most electrifying piece I’ve seen on YouTube. Is that a Volvo truck, or a Mercedes?

  9. Martin Macefield said...
    11 November 2009

    What an absolute thrill! The bright yellow van in the first installment was made in England. It may be badged as a Renault, Nissan, Opel or Vauxhall, but they’re all made in the same factory by IBC Vehicles in Luton, Bedfordshire. I thought you might be interested.

  10. Guillaume d'Eparnay said...
    12 November 2009

    J’aime bien les episodes de construction. Est ce qu il-y-a un autre parce que ca m’interesse bien?! Pardon parce-que je ne parle pas l’anglais.


  11. Hugh Mungus said...
    18 November 2009

    Cracking bit of internet miscellany. I’m coming back here. Well done to all involved. (Obviously this isn’t my real name – I’m just joining in the fun!)

  12. Keely said...
    30 November 2009

    Will, that is sooooooooo coooooooool!!! You Rock!!

  13. Amy Smudgebury said...
    30 November 2009

    Will, I think Keely is taking the piss.

  14. Cezary Szpanker said...
    30 November 2009

    Cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We have construction sites just like that one in Poznan where I live. I sometimes sit and watch while eating a sandwich. Sometimes the police move me on as the construction workers say I worry them, and have complained. Your work lets me watch over and over without fear of the intervention of the authorities. A big thank you from me.

  15. Cezary Szpanker said...
    5 December 2009

    Mr Bakker, are you planning any more construction themed posts?