Valley

Paul Kranzler

In 1954 Herr B. put up a garden shed.
In 1963 he submitted plans to the Leonding local council to build a small single-storey house.
Another application was made in 1971 to build a second storey and put up a double garage complete with a basement storage space.
An extension was added in 1979, along with a new staircase. In the course of this work the façade of the house was line on three sides with Eternit [fibre cement] cladding. Herr B. did most of the work himself, with the help of the master builder Wöhrer from Traun.
Herr B. lived in the house with his wife Paula. The ground floor and the first floor each comprised two apartments with an identical floor plan.
But they only lived in the ground-floor apartment.
The first floor was set aside. Initially for the children that Herr and Frau B. wanted, but never had.
Later, the apartment on the first floor was kept free for the carer that Herr and Frau B. felt they would need in their old age.
Separate electricity and gas meters were installed to make sure both apartments could be autonomous.
Paula B. died around 1985.
Thereafter Herr B. lived in the big house on his own, doing maintenance work, getting the roof space insulated,
and laying out a terraced garden on the steeply sloping plot of land, complete with orchard, a greenhouse for vegetables, and a beehive.
He even had a flower meadow planted for his bees, and twice a year he would mow it with a scythe.
Herr B. died at the age of 89, having lived alone in the house right until the end.
As there were no close relatives, a cousin was named as the heir.
The cousin himself was already over 80 and so he bequeathed the house to his son, who opted to sell the property.
The land consisted of two plots in a sought-after residential area on the outskirts of the city.
The plot with the house and the un-built plot were put up for sale separately.
The house was cleared out completely, from cellar to attic, from garage to beehive, and the bee colonies were relocated to a neighbouring beekeeper.
In mid-2014 the house and the adjoining piece of land were advertised and sold.

Paul Kranzler

Paul Kranzler, born 1979 in Austria; based in Austria and Leipzig, Germany.

www.paulkranzler.com