Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Plastered houses made of wooden bricks

So, Fredrikstad sits right where the river Glomma meets the sea. The river once was an important ore for the fleeting of timber, supplying timber from the forests in the central part of the country to the many sawmills that used to operate in the area. The sawmills generated a lot of leftover, cut stubs of wood, too short for commercial use. Times were poor and calling for cheap housing, so in Østfold County, like in the Swedish neighbor county Bohuslän, a house building culture evolved referred to as 'knubb-hus'. Basically, the short stubs of wood were used as bricks, with mortar and the works. Look at the last picture in Liz's last post, you will see an interesting discovery we made the other night. That's right, wallpaper behind the paneling, on top of old chalk mortar! As old as the paneling may be (a hundred years, I'm sure), the house still seems to have been plastered like a brick house to begin with. At least inside. And that's awesome, we are now planning to explore the possibility of returning the inside walls to their former working class glory...

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