Bricks Everywhere!

The Anbau (That’s the German word I will be using to designate the new part of the house that will be added on) will have a veranda of sorts on the back wrapping around the corner. A big topic of discussion is what we are going to have there on the ground. Tile? Wood? Brick?

I had the bright idea to take some of the bricks from the demolished building and use them for the floor of the veranda. I figured we would be able to save some money and also tie the old in with the new. M immediately seized upon the idea as a stroke of genius. The architect and the demo guy tried to dissuade us. I was also less than enthusiastic at the prospect of trying to save all of these bricks mainly because of storage and knocking all the mortar off in preparation for their next life.

In the end we managed to collect and stack around 900 bricks. We are not sure if that will be enough for what we have planned. Perhaps we will have to mix and match them with another type of brick or use them for something completely different. Perhaps a brick fireplace/grill in the backyard? Hmmmm.

Anyway, here they are in all their glory.

Es geht gleich los!

M and I will soon be renovating/building a house. Yes, you read that correctly. I know, I can hardly believe it myself.

The story thus far: M’s mother inherited an house built in the early 1930’s. There is a lot of history and emotion bundled up in this house. I don’t feel like getting into it right here and now, but suffice to say, we’re going balls out on this. We are going to renovate the main house and build onto the back. Yes, at the same time. I know, it’s totally mad.

Unfortunately, this means we will be leaving Lüneburg soon, but when you get an opportunity to do something like this, you gotta take it.


This week the demolition crew shows up to knock down the 2 structures you see here on the back of the house. Then a new foundation will be poured and on top of that a new 3 story addition will be built out of wood with gray Cape Cod Stülpschalung.

M has been the super champ in all of this so far. She has done the bulk of getting offers, going through them, cracking skulls when they needed cracking, etc. My turn to shine will be when it’s time to build things and get dirty.

Watch this space for updates, pictures and perhaps a webcam.