The old hog house was not even mentioned in the synopsis. After all, it was in danger of collapsing, a part of the roof was even unroofed by the storm and this is why nobody paid attention to it anymore. We were delighted and fell in love with it: we always wanted to have such an adjoining building for our holiday house in Westerstede.
Our wish was to restore it with as many old materials as possible. This was not fun for our craftsmen, who moaned about the skew baulks at the beginning and who wanted to build everything new. In order to recycle the old tiles as well, we unroofed the roof, cleaned every single tile with a high-pressure cleaner – and were so happy after the new roofing! It was really worth it!
As we wanted to use as many old materials as possible, we also wanted to remove and refurbish the old wooden frames. Unfortunately, this project was just hopeless, as the wood worm has done a lot of work in the last few centuries.
We rebuild the old pig berths to get parking spaces for our possible guest’s vintage cars. Furthermore, we wanted to keep the old washhouse’s flair, but also tried to make it a bit more modern by placing a washing machine and a dryer.