Kl. Lagerstrasse 65A

For those of you wondering if we've moved in to our 'castle' yet, here's a pictorial report of how things are going... and I suppose it will be patently obvious that we are NOWHERE NEAR moving in! Nothing has been done to the house yet, we are still consulting with various building firms. Opinions range widely about how much work needs to be done to the structure of the place - some people are advising us that it's all bad, bad, bad and we need to rip it all apart and rebuild it, others seem to think that things should be approached more conservatively. There's also a huge cultural difference here about what to keep in an old house - most builders seem stunned by the fact that I want to preserve the old floorboards, the plasterwork, the staircase - the number of times I have listened to lectures on the advantages of gyproc and new plastic window frames. Mind you, there's not very much charm to preserve in this old place! One heartening incident recently was when I found the original plans for the house in the city building archive - it was built in 1898 and the facade used to be a bit more ornate (the paperwork was mostly in Russian although the streetnames were in German - our street, Mazā Nometņu iela, used to be known as Kleine Lagerstrasse - "Small Camp Street"!). We will try to recreate the facade as far as we are able - I'll scan the drawing and post it here soon.
The photos are from this weekend when we spent an afternoon at the house trying to plan out some of the spaces. Jem ripped up some lino while the boys watched old 1960s "spiderman" episodes on my laptop. It was cold - around zero - so we tried out some of the old stoves while we worked...

The staircase is the only interesting feature in the house...

If you don't count the twin loos at the end of the second-floor landing

View from our bedroom to the corridor



3 Responses so far.

  1. Marite says:

    Oh my, we didn't open those doors when I was there...I did not realize you have twin loos! That is so cool, and if I were you, I would so leave them, because who else can say that they have two toilets right next to each other? Ha!

  2. Mook says:

    And what could be better than sitting on the loo and having a chat with your family member/friend who is sitting there next to you!

  3. Ezed says:

    I am glad there was a picture otherwise I would not known what a loo is.

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