We have moved 7 times in the last 7 1/2 years. Crazy, huh? So to correctly state this blog title it would have to be the new new new new new new new house but that wouldn't make a very good title. We don't mean to move so much. Life just happens. I have had multiple requests for pictures of our new house. It has taken quite a while to get it to a picture worthy state. It is still not completely done but it is close.
The house was built in the 40s. It was renovated 2 years ago to include a new roof and new everything else. The only remaining original item is the staircase which is too cool to change. Also, the tile in the basement is older. It is 3 stories with the two bedrooms on the third floor. there are 2 and 1/2 bathrooms. The basement has the half bath. The square footage is hard to calculate because there are all kinds of rules here for what you can and cannot include for square footage. I would say the living space (including basement) is about 2500 square feet if I had to guess, but I am not positive. It uses oil for heating and has radiators in each room that are individually controlled. It does not have AC but I am told that we will not need it. German homes are built very solidly and because of this they need to be "aired" out frequently. So once per day, everyone in Germany opens their windows a crack and turns down the heat to let the house air out for about 15 minutes. You are supposed to do this for each room. You don't have to do all the rooms at the same time just air them out as you have time during the day. There are also heavy shutters called rolladins for each room. These block out all the light and serve as a shutter and also help to keep homes warmer at night. They are kind of like a hurricane shutter. It appears that all German homes have these. It has a small one car garage and when I say one car that means one car only. No extra storage space.
It is really a great find and we absolutely love it. Besides our house in AZ it is my favorite place we have lived. It is only a 3 minute walk to the center of town with all the bars, restaurants, and shops.
So here we go.
This is standing in the dining room looking to the living room and out through the wintergarten.
What is a wintergarten you ask? It is a like a sun room, Arizona room, or observatory based on what part of the world you live in.
Here is a pic standing in the kitchen annex looking to the dining room.
What is a kitchen annex you ask? That is an extra room that is probably supposed to be a dining room, but we have made it into a kitchen annex. We did this because we are accustomed to more counter space than is sometimes available in German kitchens. So I have put an island and the Japanese bar in a room and called it a kitchen annex. This room is not finished yet because we still have a countertop to install on the side and need to buy another piece of furniture (Kyle hates when I use that term...hi Kyle) that will function as a small pantry or storage unit.
Standing in the kitchen annex looking in the kitchen.
Now standing in the living room looking at the dining room and kitchen annex.
My favorite room in the house....the wintergarten. This room is also not completed. We still need chairs for the table outside. I bought the outside table at an antique market in Metz, France. First time I have traveled to another country to go furniture shopping.
Our yard. It will get a makeover this spring. Everything is dead for now. We have a river running behind the house. Not sure if you can make it out in the picture.
There is also an office on the first floor but it was too messy for a picture today.
Views from our bedroom window up and down the street.
Views of our house. It needs to be painted but it is too cold now. The landlord plans to have it painted this summer.
So there you go. That is the place. We are loving it here.
Your room is ready if you would like to come and visit.