When I first moved to Germany, one thing that really hit me the German love affair with wood panelling both real and fake. Continue reading “Can’t See the Wood for the Panelling”
In response to a growing number of messages I am receiving asking about how to go about finding properties in the area, I can recommend the following web search engines:
Unfortunately, they are in German but it is easy enough to find your way around them using a dictionary, or for those who really cannot be bothered, by running them through an online translator such as the one available on Google Chrome.
I am working on doing a full article which will include common terminology and other bits of advice on finding property. I will publish that as soon as I can.
I love history and architecture, and Traben Trarbach has more than its fair share of amazing buildings and interesting hidden gems.
This rather ecclesiastical looking window was clearly part of something grander but is now seems to be part of a sculptor’s workshop. I wish he would spend a bit of time renovating this fantastic piece of history.
Has anyone replaced their bulky, ugly and very old-fashioned electric night storage heaters that seem to be quite prevalent in unmodernized German homes with new slim line infrared panel heaters? Either the glass panel types or the ones with a ceramic core?
If so, I’d love to hear your experiences and opinions of them, and also how you managed to dispose of the old storage heaters.
I was recently driving through Traben Trarbach and I was very disappointed to see this:
has been demolished and replaced with this:
The original building could surely have been saved and converted into some interesting apartments or offices with bags of charm and character, but now we will end up with sterile boxes that the Germans seem to be so fond of nowadays.
Does anybody know any good surveyors, specialists or builders capable of properly assessing damp problems and proposing remedies?
I am not looking for the usual cowboy gangs (who are sadly in the majority) who stick a two pronged resistance meter in the wall and declare the whole universe is suffering from rising damp, I am looking more for someone who understands older buildings and how they “breathe”, the use of traditional breathable materials such as lime plaster and can give proper guidance rather than promote methods which just hide the problems and ultimately make matters worse.
From my limited knowledge, I know that most damp problems are not generally caused by ‘rising damp’ as is usually considered to be the culprit. Instead, they are very often caused by surprisingly simple things, invariably by the previous use of modern materials for repairs and renovations which actually trap moisture. This trapped moisture often goes unnoticed until and only manifests itself when the real damage is done. Old houses generally relied on being able to ‘breath’ to keep damp out, but over the years the trend has been to seal places to keep the precious heat in or to make them easier to maintain, although this is often to the detriment of the building.
I would really appreciate any feedback or experiences both good and bad from others who have had damp problems to contend with, and as usual I have included a contact form below and I promise not publish anything told to me without express permission.
Like many other people in the area, we are about to embark on an extensive programme of renovations and modernisation of our house, and being total novices would appreciate feedback and advice from anyone who has done or is doing the same on a property in the area. In particular we would welcome local contacts, recommendations or feedback on the various tradespeople and professionals we will probably be needing. Of course, everything will be handled with the strictest of confidence and nobody will be held liable for any recommendations or advice given. Below is a contact form which comes directly to me and will not appear as a comment. Many thanks in advance.