Fitness for an old building | Weekly magazine of agriculture and rural life

It is in Havixbeck in the district of Coesfeld. A young couple just modernized it. in the 700mtwo The young couple quickly fell in love with the large plot of land with mature trees. She saw potential for the house in the middle of a residential area in Havixbeck.

The construction dates from the 1960s and offers 180 mtwo vital space. The new owners drew up plans with an architect. At the top of the wish list: more light, more space and less heat required. To do that, the old clinker had to come down. The building is now being insulated with 22 cm thick mineral wool. This is easier to recycle later than Styrofoam panels. Clinker slips are glued as coating. This saves expensive foundations.

New heating, new standard

An air heat pump will heat the house through underfloor heating in the future. The goal is to reach KfW Efficiency House Standard 70. Because the roof truss was not completely level, the beams were doubled. Cellulose flakes fill in the gaps. On the top are 10 cm thick softwood fiber panels, which also protect from heat in summer, and new pans. The construction period is planned to be half a year.

Here are some details that are important to new owners when it comes to renovation and conversion:

indoor freedom

The builders themselves removed the roof between the upper floor and the lower attic. Now the rooms open up to the ceiling. This gives significantly more width. The house is designed in such a way that the upper floor could be used independently.

Courage for the steel beams

Architect and construction biologist Uwe Müller-Perkuhn from Havixbeck, who is supervising the construction, used steel beams and supports to create generous openings. In this way, the kitchen, dining room and living room will be merged in the future.

lift doors

All door openings have been increased from 1.98m to 2.14m so no one has to duck their heads in the future. In the case of a renewal from scratch, this is not a problem.

reuse old

The more they looked at the costs of a new entryway staircase, the more builders liked the old concrete steps with exposed aggregate. The panels are now stored in the front yard and will be used again later, on a new metal frame and poured with liquid concrete. This not only saves costs, but also resources.

The vision of building culture
The residential areas of the 1960s are a neat antithesis to the clutter of many construction areas today. This may sound bourgeois to some, but to Martin Schmidt of the Westphalia-Lippe regional association, these residential areas are simply evidence of their time.

The managing director of the Alliance for Regional Building Culture in Westphalia recommends that the houses not be forced into the present, at least in terms of their appearance. “The goal is for it to fit in and not be a beacon in the corner.” Schmidt and his team are happy to provide creative suggestions.

The same applies to the building culture network in western Münsterland, which is based in the sandstone museum in Havixbeck. It offers events under the direction of Rieke Orel. This also included the construction site tour featured here. More information is available on the museum’s website under the heading “Museum”, sub-item “Building Culture”.

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