Category Archives: Germany

Walls

So let me explain a little bit about how this house is being built. The Anbau will be built out of wood. The outer walls for the Anbau are being built in a big barn that the carpenter rented a few miles away. In the barn he built a large platform on which to assemble the walls.

The architect sends him the plans and we make sure the material is delivered. While the amounts of materials needed are generated by the architect’s software, he always double checks the amounts sent against the amounts called for in the plans. “The plans are only as good as the person entering them into the computer”

We stopped by yesterday and watch him and his colleague build a knee wall for the top floor.

When he is done with each wall piece, he lifts it up with a big forklift and brings it out of the barn.

When it is time to set up the house, the walls will be transported to the Baustelle and lowered into place with a big crane. It will take about a week to build up the 2 stories and put the A-frames up for the roof. Just in time for the Richtfest.

Starting the Foundation

But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.

Matthew 7:26

Preparation is underway for the foundation. I was under the impression that building a house on sand was a bad idea. Well, that’s how they roll here. Actually, they put a bottom layer of compacted sand to smooth everything out, then they put a thick layer of reinforced concrete and other stuff on top of that. Maybe they do it like that everywhere now. I’ve never built a house before. What the hell do I know? I find myself saying that a lot lately.

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.

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I’ve been neglecting this blog a bit. I just haven’t had the desire to keep up with it. There has been a lot going on but I just don’t find it necessary to share it all here.

The new job is still going.
I went to Austin and Florida for the holidays.
I’ve been battling mold in the house I’m living in.
Which leads to… we will be moving towards the end of the year. More on that later perhaps.
Still making music.

Still rocking!

Räbel Natur

About this time last year I was out in the wilderness making music. While I was there, I recorded some of the natural sounds in that environment. It was always noisiest around dawn and dusk. At first it was a bit unnerving because it was so loud, eerie and yet ubiquitous. You couldn’t pinpoint the source. It just seemed to come from everywhere. After a few days I hardly noticed anymore. Check it out. Try it with headphones.