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English translation: balloon construction

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04:52 Dec 11, 2000
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
German term or phrase: Umgebindehaus
A type of house widespread in parts of the Lausitz area of East Germany. Duden defines "Umgebinde" as:
"das Dach tragende Konstruktion aus Pfosten und Balken, innerhalb deren die nichttragenden Hauswände stehen".
Robin Ward
English translation:balloon construction
Explanation:
This is what we call balloon construction in the US. It was common in older houses, but not anymore, as the space between the inner non-supporting walls and the outside post and beam roof support construction allows the house to go up in flames rapidly, as you can well imagine.
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John Speese
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Sounds OK to me, in any case no other answers were forthcoming !
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balloon construction


Explanation:
This is what we call balloon construction in the US. It was common in older houses, but not anymore, as the space between the inner non-supporting walls and the outside post and beam roof support construction allows the house to go up in flames rapidly, as you can well imagine.


    This type of construction was common in older houses in rural Virginia where I live.
John Speese
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Sounds OK to me, in any case no other answers were forthcoming !

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neutral  Iza Szczypka: Just in case someone is searching again, there is a good site http://www.umgebindeland.de/index.php?lg=en&whl=12000000&PHP... , where they call it simply an Upper Lusatian half-timbered house
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