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Our beautiful facade

By admin | November 8, 2008

We have finally got round to repairing the facade of the house in Biertan.  This was an important job which only a few skilled people can do.  Again, we relied on the Fundaţia Mihai Eminescu to put us in touch with the right people with the right skills.  In this case, they put us in touch with a team led by a young guy called Alexandru, or Sandel as he likes to be known.

Here are some pics of the progress of repair of the facade, from pulling off cement render at the base, straightening edges and repairing the decorative pargeting, to the final colouring of the lime plaster.  We did change the colour of the facade slightly, but only because the colour it had become over the years was not really that traditional.  After a wobbly moment when Sandel painted the grapes above the upstairs windows in a shocking blue, which we quickly changed back to green, you can see the high quality workmanship put in by Sandel’s team.  The next stage is the side walls and the back of the house.  These things will have to wait until after the last of the Spring frosts.  Frost is bad for wet lime plaster, causing it to expand and crack.  You can also see how great the new windows look with the new limewash colour.  We also changed the colour of the base from black to a dark pink, because the black although traditional, detracted so much from the finished pink (and was so large compared to how it is normally) that it had to go! 

Biertan house - before

The facade - before

   Beginning of the works - Biertan facade - August 2008


 Facade repair - August 2008

More mid-August

 Facade clean up

Cleaning up the plaster

 Grapes are finished

Blue grapes become green again!

 Biertan facade finished

Finished facade!!

Topics: Biertan, Transylvanian architectural patterns |

One Response to “Our beautiful facade”

  1. Rhiannon Says:
    November 20th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Hello…I love your blog and am glad to see you updating:)
    Thanks so much for the links to the Sibiu webcams! If I lived in Romania that would be “my” city.