May I present, the main building. I believe it has been built no later than in the 1940’s and expanded in the 60’s or 70’s. Back then it was common to build wings like the one on the right to old houses. They would include a toilet, shower, sauna and perhaps a room for a central heating system, which made the auxiliary buildings obsolete. It may even be that the wing on the left side of the building was added in the same construction phase.
But by now I am a bit puzzled by some of the facts I am facing.
First of all I have difficulties understanding, why the cottage and this house exist on the same yard. I have two possible explanations, but both are just guesses.
It wasn’t uncommon back in the days for children to build a house next to their parents. So it might well be that the small cottage was the original building on the lot and the new main building was a later addition. The other guess is that they have been separate homes and at some point one has been sold to the other.
But things became even more puzzling, when I did some research on the name of the inhabitant, who, by the way, had a very, very rare surname with only around ten people with that name in the country. She was born in the late 19th century and died way back in the 1980’s. Yet there were newspapers newer than that in the stable.
Now I have no more guesses left. Let’s try an open door in the annex.
So this is the boiler room, then. The sign on the boiler could reveal, when the annex was built. Of course I don’t have a photo of it.
I don’t think that the system is in working order.
This room was again not connected to the other rooms. The front door was locked and there were no other doors, so we then proceeded to climb in through the kitchen window.
Ladies and gentlemen, the late 1970’s just called us. He’s back.
That over there is probably the living room. And yes, I believe indeed that it is a later addition.
I found the pattern on the floor rather charming. Wouldn’t use it in my own home, though.
I think the fireplace was built around the same time the annexes were built. It seems it has originally been panted red and then repainted brown when the kitchen got its current finish.
A closer look at the living room, where there has been a large dark brown bookshelf. Somehow I associate this shade of brown to the late 1970’s or early 1980’s, but I may also be wrong.
There had been a door from the living room to the room next to it.
Once again this same shade of brown.
A view of the mess in the living room and the back wall of the garage.
And a look back towards the kitchen. I have to say, that the roof doesn’t look very healthy.
We then moved on to other rooms. And were scared shitless, when a gust of wind banged the kitchen window shut.
This room was next to the kitchen and was what I believe had been the original bedroom.
And this room was behind the living room. The door between them had been on the wall on the left.
After the unitary brown appearance of the kitchen, this mismatch of colours made me feel a bit uneasy.
Before the central heating system was installed, this was used to keep the rooms warm.
Back in the kitchen again.
Merry Christmas everybody (it was the Christmas of 2021, when I wrote this post, actually). I am doing them all on beforehand and just publish them, when enough time has passed from the exploration and when I have time to do the photos. I still have a lot more in store.
In the fourth and final part from this house, we’ll explore the annex.