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kano wrote (edited )

Yes I've been learning German since I arrived in Germany. I didn't know anything until I came here.

I don't know what you mean by a fixer upper exactly. But we have been renovating the house mostly by ourselves. It had been mostly abandoned when we bought it, was filled with trash, had no heating. In the beginning everyone slept in the one room which had a wood stove, which is now our dining room. We have at this point renovated most of the first floor, we have removed moldy wood and wallpaper, plastered all the walls, wired up electricity and central heating, at this point we can use central heating to heat most of the first floor either using gas or a wood carburetor. Most of us now live in a fully renovated room on that floor. I will move into a room there in a couple weeks most likely. We still don't have a full bathroom, just one toilet on each floor and a temp shower in the kitchen. The idea is to use the 1st floor as private living space and the ground floor as a social centre with bike workshop, library, public kitchen and more, we still have to plan how we want to set the ground floor up. We also have a large garden a smaller gatehouse which we sound proofed as a music making room. We also have a small stage outside near the fire ring where concerts can be held. The house has changed a lot since we arrived here.

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asterism OP wrote

by "fixer-upper" I just meant a house that you move into thats going to require you to do a massive amount of projects to make livable/comfortable. Which I guess is super relative but basically the house you described moving into.

Sound like you've done quite a lot. I would be proud too. I aint sure I personally would have the aptitude to do most of that.

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kano wrote (edited )

I would say that's a fair description of the house. Yea it's a lot of work and can be stressful to live on a construction site, but we are a relative large group of people and a lot of us have lived together before and want to stay together. Some of us are definitely somewhat burned out at this point, but I feel all in all we have done so much good work and the renovated parts of the house are really nice and it can only keep getting better.

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