A hearty farmhouse is in front of you! It comes from the north-east corner of our country. There lies at the foot of the Säntis group the hilly Appenzellerland. How strewn on the green meadows seem hikers the brown houses. Because that’s one of the peculiarities of Appenzell living way: Almost every farmhouse stands alone for itself. The farmer lives as it were in the middle of his property. His “Hämetli” (small home) starts out at the extreme fences and culminates in the quaint farmhouse. The owner can it actually be proud; because it is a kind of jewelery box for themselves.
The front of the building is richly structured. The window flashing in long lines to form groups arranged and are interrupted by powerful Täferplatten. Behind such hide the Zugladen with which, if necessary, all the window openings can be completed. Notice how the partitions of the house partially looming on the house front. The house rests on a stone foundation. In this we take (notice the low, elongated window!) The Webkeller. Here wage was once woven by young and old of fine linen cloth in barren, in the art practiced Appenzell inner-engraving hands sparkled the much coveted embroidery.
Appenzellerland is rainy. Lots of rain and snow forces them to special construction. For this reason, the Appenzeller z. B. has completely used the large barn to the house. The stall is square to the home, this so touched with a narrow side. The owner can always get “under roof” from one to another part. Before the weather side of the barn are usually some ash as their protection. In addition to the double gate contrast basks a fruit tree (Trüeter). On the back you meet also often a “Holder Tree” (elder), stab the white umbels effectively from silver gray Schindelgewände.
Our building is designed for two families. Each has a living area with separate entry and its own staircase. By contrast, this house has only one kitchen, which is shared by two families and from which one can heat the ovens of both offices.
The squeaky-clean and often carefully painted Appenzellerhaus has all Canton neighbors around much applause and some emulators found. We meet today in the same buildings neighborly St.Gallergebiet, the Rhine Valley, in Toggenburg, even in the canton of Zurich east of Töss (at Wila, web and Sternberg).