I decided to upload the full picture from the header image. Our house was the house at the very bottom center of the picture with the red tile roof. You can see the skylight beside the chimney. German houses are fortresses (think castles). This home was a little over 4000 square feet, 3 stories, and made of cinderblock. The walls were plaster and each level had concrete floors. There was also a small basement area for the W/D and the heating oil/radiator furnace system. We didn’t have a garage, but we had covered parking in the back of our house. Many German homes don’t have off-street parking, so this was a luxury.
First floor: dining room, small kitchen, living room, 1/2 bath, sunroom & storage room, large entry hallway and large marble spiral stairs
Second floor: 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, closed-in balcony
Third floor: a large open room that we called the sunshine room w/the 2 large skylights
The Germans call American homes “stick & paper homes”. They also pay a great deal for their homes and they pay on them for a long time. It is not uncommon for the next generation to finish paying off the mortgage. However, they are not nearly as transient as Americans and their homes usually stay within the family. Most Germans paint their houses white because there is an added tax on colored paint.
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