Our German House

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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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5 Responses to Our German House

  1. gingerporter says:

    I just knew that had to be Germany before I read your post….It is such a pretty picture with the country side.

    Randy spent most of his time in Asia with his dad in the USMC. He would have liked Europe..but hey he got to visit China.

    I like the description of the house….that is my kind of house…It certainly sounds solid…

  2. Elaine says:

    That is so cool, Sheri 🙂
    My dad’s only posting overseas w/the Army was to Japan. I don’t think that they ever took any pictures of where they lived though they do have a picture of dad and my brother sitting against the side of the house drinking from Coke bottles 😆

    Thanks for sharing the picture of your German home w/us. I was wondering where the picture was taken when I first saw it.

  3. I want to visit Europe so badly. However, with the anti-American sentiments, I don’t dare………that and then there is the cost! 🙂

  4. Donna Young says:

    Your photograph is very picturesque with all of the white houses and red roofs nestled at the bottom on the hill.

    Your German home sounds very nice. A sunshine room would be divine!

  5. Melanie says:

    What a beautiful picture! I think the term “stick and paper” is a pretty good description for our American homes. They are no longer built to last. 😦

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