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Old French house renovation | The Gym

Written by on December 3, 2013 in My French House, My French Life
Old French house renovation | The Gym

I bought a wreck of a farm house in France. Dirt floors, corrugated iron doors, holes in the roof, rising damp, descending damp… you name it, this house had a lot of issues. I wasn’t daunted, I knew it had potential. I had dreamed about doing an old French house renovation for years. After a […]

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Renovation in France: Hall of the old French farmhouse

Written by on August 30, 2013 in My French House with 0 Comments
Renovation in France: Hall of the old French farmhouse

When I bought the old French farmhouse it wasn’t the hall that sold it to me that’s for sure! A horrible dark, damp and smelly room consisting of breeze block and chalk block walls and a rather unattractive tiled floor which had been covered with ugly carpet. There was a 40cm high step into the […]

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The Pig Shed becomes a posh spa

Written by on May 22, 2013 in My French House with 0 Comments
The Pig Shed becomes a posh spa

After the external structural work was begun (roof tiles rain down) and the rebuilding was finished (a phoenix arises from the rubble) – it was time to work inside the pig pen. The OH who is the Gov’nor when it comes to building, instructed me, the apprentice, to do the painting of the horrible black, […]

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Renovating in France | A phoenix emerges from the rubble

Written by on May 20, 2013 in My French House with 0 Comments
Renovating in France | A phoenix emerges from the rubble

Having removed the roof from the old pig shed (and survived being knocked out by a roof  tile dropped on my head) – we now had an empty three walled shell. It was time to move the hot tub in! Yep – the pig shed was earmarked for an Italian hot tub bargain that I had […]

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Renovating in France | Roof tiles rain down from the sky

Written by on May 17, 2013 in My French House with 1 Comment
Renovating in France | Roof tiles rain down from the sky

We (that is me and the Other Half) decided that we would get the structural work done on this old French house before we did any of the internal works and that included some of the out buildings. We started by renovating the barns which came with the house – one of which is in […]

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My French Home Renovation reminiscences!

Written by on August 27, 2012 in My French House with 1 Comment
My French Home Renovation reminiscences!

My French home renovation reminiscences – as renovation continues unabated on this old farm house in Pas-de-Calais, northern France, I was remembering how it was when I first bought it and wondering why on earth we did it? At the beginning of this project I made a huge list of jobs that needed to be […]

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Renovating the old French farmhouse – the start

Written by on May 7, 2012 in My French House
Renovating the old French farmhouse – the start

As a project manager in a previous life I am inclined towards being organised.  The Other Half – despite having been in several jobs that have required it – is not remotely organised.  This can be a bone of contention when it comes to the work schedule in our French farmhouse – and that is […]

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Renovating the old French farmhouse

Written by on May 7, 2012 in My French House
Renovating the old French farmhouse

This is the Short List table I put together for the renovation work we needed to do to our house, there’s a much longer list – in fact its a book!  In it I laid out each job that was needed to be done, any dependencies, what special materials we needed and the approximate time […]

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My French House | Buying an old farmhouse

Written by on April 13, 2012 in My French House
My French House | Buying an old farmhouse

When I found the house of my dreams in Pas-de-Calais, France, I took my Dad to see it – his immediate reaction was that it ought to be knocked down because it was in such a state and in his opinion dangerous.  He walked around the rooms with a pen knife stabbing it into old […]

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Recycling in France – when life deals you lemons, make lemonade!

Written by on March 21, 2012 in My French House with 0 Comments
Recycling in France – when life deals you lemons, make lemonade!

I didn’t realise that I was starting to turn into a French style recycler until English friends who visited commented on my use of old vinyl records as coasters and place mats, the fact that I use old plastic packets as cloches in the greenhouse and that I steal their newspapers to line my chicken […]

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