October 04, 2006

Good news!

Now, that's what I call good news: our house is probably not going to tumble down within the next hundred years... Well, that's quite enough of a perspective for me really...

We made a "tour-de-maison" with a carpenter, specialized on restoring old timber frame buildings. The most important information: the substance and materials of the house are in a good condition. Probably no bad surprises waiting...

The carpenter - quite a fascinating guy - told us a lot of interesting things about the house. Well, he actually "read" the house. After one glance he knew, that the roof truss doesn't date from 1620, but from about 1750. A real youngster, don't you agree!?!

Guessing from the construction of the attic, we now know that our house belonged to a hops-growing farmer (drying hops on the attic). There are even left a couple of 200-year-old hops sticks. Amazing!!

The cellar of the house has a wonderful arch vault and will make up a great wine cellar...

From the outside, one of the main beams is covered up with wooden planks. The carpenter is convinced, that an inscription or at least some ornaments are hidden behind the planks. I definitely want to reveal the secret next spring! Although I'll maybe have to "struggle" with the local responsible for the protection of historical monuments about this plan...

4 comments:

Chris and Mandy said...

1620...wow. I can't wait to see the inside of it! We will be reading regularly.

Joe said...

A house blog on a structure from 1620, now that is good stuff. I'm looking forward to hearing more about this. Best of luck, too!

jm@houseinprogress said...

Welcome Anna! This house of yours sounds fascinating. I hear Hornburg is famous for its beautiful timberframe architecture. I can't wait to see pictures!

Anna said...

Hello everybody!

Thanks a lot for your positive comments! Finally some people who seem to be as fascinated by old houses as we are... Most people here (friends, relatives) told us we were completely crazy. Well, so be it!