We are building a house

Our weed-covered land is starting to transform. This house project might take a time of nearly ten years in the end. We bought the property in 2019 from the city of Paderborn. Being elegible for buying required us to be on a waiting list for six to seven years. During 2019 we selected the builders, which are Knecht Fertigkeller for the cellar and Haas Fertigbau for the house. Also in 2019 we started to work on the architecture of the house. Now, in July 2020, change is coming!

I´m posting a timeline of images here to document the progress.

The ground #

19 Apr, 2019: Emil is running across a weed field. This is the place where we are going to build our house.

The envisioned house #

Oct 2019 - Apr 2020: Architecture work, some impressions.
Jul 6, 2020: We are in Falkenberg to decide the complete interior design of the house – within a duration of two days. Our builder, Haas, is taking care of accomodations and after the first day of work we are enjoying dinner in the beer garden of our hotel.

The initial measurement #

Jul 14, 2020: My brother is doing the measurements to prepare the underground engineering.

The excavation #

Jul 19, 2020: Heavy machinery is brought into place to do the excavation work. Our partner here is Andre Westermann.
Jul 21, 2020: Day one of excavation work. Our ground is rock and stones.
Jul 22, 2020: After only two days the excavation work is completed.

The fine measurement #

Jul 27, 2020: My brother is doing the fine measurements. We have a problem. The ground is so solid that we cannot bring in the steel posts properly. They go only as deep that it holds like spit-glued. Fortunately our cellar builder is capable enough and willing to go ahead with it.