A collection of houses and interiors that we have seen over the course of this first week of house hunting:
Types of houses:
Maisons de maître (“master’s houses”) – not actually for sale but I thought that they were just so beautiful. O’s dream is to live in such a house, but most of them are out of our price range (or in a terrible state!)…
House probably built in the 1920′s or 30′s… Sold by owner but we haven’t visited it yet
Maison de maître staircase
Wooden ceiling in maison de maître
Glass ceiling in staircase in maison de maître
Old-style heating in a 1920′s free-standing house**… This kind of heating is actually still in use in many houses / apartments in Brussels (and sometimes the only heating system!)
Same building as the photo above, another floor which was completely covered in mold!!
Same building, retro wallpaper
Cool retro kitchen cupboard
Old bathroom, the warm water gas boiler in the bathroom is a scary feature we don’t like!
This is such a Brussels’ solution – putting the bathroom at the top of the staircase!! Oh yes, even the toilet is behind the divider!! Other creative solutions that I have seen in the past (and lived in myself): having to pass the bathroom to reach the bedroom, bathtub / shower in the kitchen… (the shower in the kitchen was actually in my flat in Geneva)
Garden shed – you can see that the land behind the shed belongs to the neighbouring house which has a much bigger garden… This property is still considered to have a big garden of almost 70 m2.
Some more house viewings tomorrow and Saturday but we are probably far from making a decision. We viewed a house in our old street (!!) today, it was very big but also in need of a lot of work in order to be brought to a liveable standard…
*) The garbage you see outside the house on the photo is normal – twice a week the garbage trucks pass and you put the garbage bags straight out on the pavement. The white bags are for normal garbage, yellow for paper and blue for recycling (plastic, carton, metal). The streets look extremely messy on garbage-days but that’s the Brussels’ system… And be aware, do not put out the garbage too early (or too late), there are garbage spies also in Belgium (like in Sweden!) and I know a few people who have been fined!
**) In house ads the number of sides (façade) of the building is always mentioned. Most houses are attached, and free-standing buildings are rare.