The best living books on farmhouses
Peace and nature – many people dream of a lovingly restored farmhouse in the country. The offer of suitable books is a large one, the quality varied. We have selected three for you which are worth what you pay for them.
Thomas Drexel. Re-experience old farmhouses: conversion, renovation, furnishing (DVA, 152 pages, 49.99 Euros)
Outer timber, with a perfect combination of traditional tile stoves and contemporary living comfort on the inside: the things that the owners have made from semi-delapidated barns and stables are evidence of dedication, hard work and craftsmanship. Thomas Drexel outlines all the challenges recognised with the rehabilitation, reconstruction and interior design of former farms: the house search, financing, the selection of designers and craftsmen and the construction and heritage aspects. In addition, the specialist author provides details of the materials and details of the garden design.
Kurt Jeni. Country houses – conversion, renovation, furnishing: the book of the most beautiful half-timbered houses, farmhouses and villas (Blottner, 128 pages, 39.90 Euros)
Villa, hunting house or farmhouse – Kurt Jeni too has unearthed wonderful examples of perfectly restored country houses. Houses with good substance and character, which have been carefully adapted to today’s ideas of living. Those who see how beautifully other ones have been modernised, also find much pleasure in finally being granted their long-cherished dream.
Jo Pauwels, Wiebke Krabbe: Modern Country House (Christophoros Publishing House, 208 pages, 29.95 Euros)
Great pictures and a highly varied content: „Modern Country House” is not easy to put down so quickly. This book provides wonderful insights into converted farm cottages, magnificently restored manor houses and new buildings which have been harmoniously integrated in the landscape. Marvel at not only the architecture but also the interior areas. The texts are relatively short, but Jo Pauwels‘ first-class photos that accompany them speak for themselves. It’s a wonderful book to give someone as a present (or would you rather keep a copy for yourself?).
One thing not to be missed is the television programme „Farmhouse Stories – Living with a monument” on Bavarian television. During her trip through Lower Bavaria, the film author Sibylle Kraft visits five historical farmhouses (which often were empty for decades before they were rescued from deterioration by their current owners and given an exceptional makeover once again).