Modern residences in Germany are commonly constructed using brick masonry made of sand and limestone, as well as asphalt roof tiles. Energy efficiency is vital in the construction of new homes nowadays, which are often well-insulated. Surprisingly, 60 percent of new homes in Germany are self-constructed (prefabricated). The rest are built by contractors.
The most common house style in Germany is the villa. These were originally large country houses built for the aristocracy or wealthy merchants. They usually have a great deal of space for entertaining guests, with several floors above ground and a garden behind. Today, many cities across Germany have developed their own house styles, such as the Berliner Dreieck (truncated triangle) or Frankfurter Einheitsbreite (Frankfurt standard width).
In general, German homes are larger than those in America. Average size is about 1,500 square feet (140 m2), but this varies significantly between states. Bavaria has the largest homes, while Wyoming has the smallest.
The typical home in Germany is owned by an individual or family trust and is not sold on the market. Instead, it is leased for a period of time from five years up to forever. At the end of the lease, the lessee has the option to buy the house for a small fraction of its value. If they decide not to, then the next lessee has this option, and so on.
The thing I notice the most is that European homes are significantly more energy efficient than American ones, and this is due to their building standards. Their houses are strong and built to endure 400 years (estimated) without major maintenance. As for me, I don't think I could live in a house this old and stable.
American homes are generally newer construction and therefore more energy efficient. However, they aren't as well built as European homes; therefore they require constant maintenance to keep them working properly. For example, my apartment building was recently remodeled and now has higher energy efficiency windows but these windows don't lock or have any kind of security system so anyone can walk up to any apartment and look inside through those windows.
As for why American builders don't follow European building standards, it's because they think they can make money otherwise. For example, here in Chicago, there are lots of small home owners associations that limit what kinds of windows you can have on your house; however, they can't enforce these rules because they don't have the funds needed for legal battles.
In conclusion, American builders don't build well protected homes because they want to make money by selling tickets into their properties. They believe that people will be afraid to live in their homes because of crime rates in cities such as Chicago so they don't protect their properties very well against break-ins and vandalism.
In the following photographs, we can see how traditional German architecture evolved through time into a modern design that, despite its current lines, does not stand out from the surrounding architectural scene, but rather completes it. Listed below are a few German-style house plans: Half-timbered houses are the most common type of wooden building in Germany. The name comes from the fact that half of each log is usually left uncut to provide support for the next layer up. The wood is then stained and painted to give it a finished look.
Half-timbered buildings were originally used as shelters for animals until they were also built as human dwellings. Because they are easily constructed with local materials such as wood and straw, these structures could be converted if necessary. In rural areas, they provided shelter for farmers' families during the winter months when building a stone or brick house was not feasible due to cost considerations. In cities, they often replaced older buildings that had been destroyed in fires. Although half-timbering has become a standard feature in many German towns, residents in rural areas still depend on timber framing for their homes.
The typical German farmhouse was built of stone or brick, but because farmers lacked the resources to build such structures themselves, they hired architects and builders to create houses that fit their needs.
The traditional "historic" European home structure is made of brickwork on top of a wood frame. The wood frame is far stronger, more solid, and more robust than the stick-built tract homes slapped up in modern subdivisions in a matter of weeks. Masonry is also sturdy and long-lasting. It's natural materials mean that it won't rot away or decay if not treated properly, which is why many old buildings have been preserved over time.
The traditional house has high ceilings, with large rooms for living and working. It often had only one floor above ground level, although some castles had higher towers or turrets. There might be small windows, but they were usually covered by shutters during the day to prevent thieves entering. At night they would be opened to let in air and light.
At its most basic, a historic house consists of a few lines drawing on a piece of paper; a building with detailed designs etched into its walls. The Egyptians built their pyramids with meticulous precision using just such techniques. They would start with a simple design, then add onto it as they progressed with construction. After each stage of building, the original plan was erased and started again from scratch.
Buildings like this one have been standing for hundreds of years because they use well-known methods that are effective at preventing damage from the environment. No electric lights or heating systems - just the sun and the earth around us!
Home ownership in Germany is lower than in other regions of the Western world. In Germany, around 43 percent of people own their houses, compared to 62 percent in the United States and 65 percent in the United Kingdom. The majority of Germans rent and spend 25–33% of their net income on housing and lodging.
There are several reasons why more people don't own a house in Germany. First of all, the cost of buying a house is very high. Second, the bank loans that are available only cover part of the purchase price, so most people need to save up the rest themselves. Finally, it is not easy for individuals to obtain a mortgage because they must show that they can afford to pay back the loan if they want a good rate of interest. However, the number of people renting rather than owning a home is growing, especially among young people looking to save money.
In conclusion, Germany has one of the lowest rates of home ownership in Europe. This is due to high down payments and credit requirements before a house loan can be granted. However, there is also a growing number of renters which shows that more and more people are becoming homeowners despite these difficulties.