The term “Altbau” usually refers to buildings that pre-date the Second World War. Typical of this type of construction is the use of masonry walls, timber ceilings and double windows. Newer buildings, such as those built in Germany since 1949, are characterised by concrete walls and ceilings, as well as both laminated and insulated glass windows.
Both forms of construction have different advantages, which generally comes down to the individual taste of each resident. For example, many people think the features of old buildings as more aesthetically pleasing. The designs on the façade, the stucco features and the high ceilings create a very unique charm and conjure memories of past eras. On the other hand, the renovation options for older buildings are often limited and the thermal insulation less efficient, which can lead to higher heating costs.
Newer buildings, on the other hand, offer a very high degree of flexibility – ideal for residents who have precise ideas about their future home. The floor plan can be designed on an individual basis. Custom items such as an open kitchen, an accessible living room or a bathroom with an extra-large bathtub can be easily added. As modern building materials are used, the insulation is significantly better than in old buildings. Additionally, Smart Home technologies, which allow your home to be networked and controlled via smartphone or tablet, are more easily introduced in new buildings.
GLINT makes your decision easy: the best of classic and modern architectural elements are combined to form a harmonious whole. Essentially, you get the best of both worlds.