Saturday, April 01, 2006

Fachwerkhaus under renovation

As you can see, this old timbered house is in desperate need of some renovation. And there's actually something going on inside (heard it when I walked by). My guess is that they knocked off the plaster to check the condition of the wood. With old houses there are often problems with decay or wood worms. It seems to be ok here.

Also you can see how the walls were built in former times - creating some sort of a grid with branches between the frames, fill it with straw, and then cover it with clay.

Renovating these old houses is very expensive because most of the times they are listed buildings, meaning they are under monumental protection. There are certain restrictions to what you can and cannot do and everything has to be as true to the original as possible.

12 Comments:

At 2:50 PM, Blogger Kris said...

i have a liking for such designs:) ..hope to see it fully restored soon :)

 
At 5:29 PM, Blogger Maya said...

old structures in old town are well protected here in france too. anything that's exterior of the buildings has to be approved by the city in terms of colors, shapes, materials (maybe), facades, no more building terraces in old town now...etc. everything is very restricted...for the good of the buildings and town, no?

 
At 5:30 PM, Blogger luminlight said...

It's often hard to know what is 'best' for damaged landmarks. To renovate, or to leave in original state...

 
At 5:40 PM, Blogger luggi said...

It looks like they braided the branches, pretty cool.

 
At 5:57 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

Hi Nicola, thanks for posting on my blog (Sharon, CT, USA) - I really enjoy yours too. I've never been to Germany (except the airport on my way to Austria 25 years ago!) but hope to some day (I used speak German fluently...back then!)

 
At 8:02 PM, Blogger Nuno said...

Same problem here in Porto, this city as lots of buildings needing care atention.
Its our history in ruins

 
At 8:08 PM, Blogger Jill said...

VERY interesting! I remember when I toured in Germany, I think it was Germany, that there were windows that had been sealed because the people were being taxed by the number of windows they had. I'm surprised our Congress hasn't started that.

 
At 2:47 AM, Blogger Ash said...

Beautiful design and structure!

 
At 6:17 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

fotoaddict - let's see how long it'll take but I can certainly post a picture of the progress or the result!

maya - it's pretty much like that here as well. Especially if there are elderly people living in those houses they often cannot afford renovations and so the buildings start to "dissolve"...

luminlight - before everything start falling apart I'd vote for renovation. But you're right, sometimes it has a certain charme if not everything is renovated or looks brand new...

luggi - you're right. Good eye!

jenny - you're welcome and thanks for visiting, too! I guess, there are a lot of people who only know Germany through the airport (especially the one in Frankfurt). I'm sure once you visit the memory of your German language skills will come back faster than you might think :).

nuno - as I said earlier - sometimes it can also add a certain charme to a place ...

jill - I have not heard of this in our region yet, but it wouldn't surprise me :).

Thanks, Ash!

 
At 12:18 PM, Blogger Lorraine said...

Darn it Nicola you make me yearn for MONEY! so unusual for me :)
I Like!!!

 
At 10:27 PM, Blogger Jasp said...

Good to see people care wnough to preserve and not just tear down to build new.

 
At 1:21 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

lorraine - sorry for that ;).

jasp - with those listed buildings it's not possible to tear them down. Or you'll have to pay an enormous fee.

 

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