Anderl and Karl-Michael Friedinger run a carpentry, build piers and houses. And are now converting a former barn in Polling into a modern residential building with an eye for detail. For the SeeMagazin our author Martin Fraas met the two in Starnberg.

When two brothers stick together and join forces, they can do great things. The powerful Klitschko brothers come to mind immediately. Also the Huberbuam from the Berchtesgadener Land, who made it to fame as extreme climbers. Well, about such comparisons Anderl Friedinger and his brother Karl-Michael only smile. The two are far too down-to-earth and modest to want to see themselves in a row with celebrities.

Anderl and Karl-Michael Friedinger stand on wooden boards at a construction site
Anderl and Karl-Michael Friedinger in an interview for SeeMagazin

Although they are a bit famous in the Five Lakes Region by now. On the one hand, some of the most photographed buildings on the Ammersee, Starnberger See and also Wörthsee originate from them: piers. On the other hand, they have made a name for themselves as builders of unusual houses and an innovative industrial hall in Andechs.

And, not to forget, they also continue the family's own carpentry business in Starnberg, in the third generation - with success.

We meet the "Friedingerbuam" in Polling, a community of 3500 inhabitants in the district of Weilheim-Schongau. A piece of Upper Bavaria that could hardly be more idyllic. For two years Anderl and Karl-Michael have been working here on their biggest and most complex project. They bought a plot of land of the old brickyard. A listed barn stood on it. It intended to be converted into a residential building.

"Even the tendering process was a real challenge," says Anderl, "because all the work was to be done in the existing building, which was almost impossible.“

  • Anderl Friedinger fortifies wooden stairs in shell
  • Karl-Michael Friedinger attaches scaffolding
  • Wooden beam stands in front of wooden barn with scaffolding
  • Anderl Friedinger (left) and Karl-Michael Friedinger (right) stand in room with unplastered walls

"We want to preserve a piece of home."

Anderl Friedinger

So he suggested to completely demolish the 120 year old barn, build a new core and then cover it with the old beams of the barn. "As carpenters, we have decades of experience in working with old wood," says Karl-Michael. In the end, this also convinced the seller and the monument protection authorities. With their idea of dismantling, the brothers were awarded the contract for the conversion and prevailed against two major property developers.

"And that's a good thing," they would like to automatically add. Because with Anderl and Karl-Michael, both are master carpenters and trained construction technicians, the project is in the best hands. Their primary concern is not quick profit. "We want to preserve a piece of home", says Anderl. And anyone who chats with him soon realizes that this is not just an empty phrase.

You can find the complete article in the 2020 issue of SeeMagazin (only in German).

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