If you have been following our journey of restoring the historic 1850s German farmhouse at 210 W. Mill Street, then you know we have poured a new foundation and basement, moved the home to its current position, and are now also building on the modern addition to the back of the house. We recently met up with Scott Tjernagel, an expert carpenter and part of the New Braunfels Remodeling team. “I specialize in restoring carpentry from the early 1900s,” says Scott, “this home is from the 1850s and is one of the oldest projects I’ve ever worked on.”
We asked Scott what the most unique component of this project has been thus far. He admitted it was hard to choose, but ultimately said the most unique component was the fact that all the original cedar timber framing was hand made. This, combined with the adobe bricks, is very indicative of the early German Fachwerk. Perhaps the most striking example of these handmade timbers lies in the front porch frames, which are very large and curved in some places. Another unique feature is that all the doors in the house run through the center, which makes for a cool visual effect, but was originally done for ventilation purposes.
An important goal for the remodeling crew has been to simultaneously stabilize and protect the antique home. Their brand-new roof covers three different original roof lines and their historically unique styles, perfectly connecting new with old. While the home is being updated with modern amenities, the design will allow for the preservation and presentation of antique ambiance when it’s all done.