Renovating the old French farmhouse

Written by on May 7, 2012 in My French House
My French House

My French House – the day we saw it

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 to complete.

The timeline estimates soon went out the window when it became apparent that nothing was as easy as we thought it would be and lots of things go wrong when you least expect it. Getting started also meant working out how to plan and carry out required actions.

 

Renovation short list: Existing Needs:
Downstairs of the house
Kitchen Breeze block walls, sink in wrong place, tiled floor, damp, window to garden, mismatched plastic units, broken coal oven – probably best room in the house Stud wall, insulate, board, plaster, paint, new ceiling,  electrics to be installed, doors, plumbing, new floor, build bespoke kitchen to fit, remove enormous window to garden, 1 new window, two sets double doors to garden, install Bose music system, velux window for additional light
Utility room No windows, broken doors, concrete floor, breeze block walls, damp, looks like animals lived in it Stud wall, insulate, board, new ceiling, electrics to be installed, doors, 2 velux windows, new floor, plumbing, wall to wall storage to be installed
Extension to kitchen Currently a garden terrace area with well in centre Complete new building (orangerie style), two lantern roof lights to install, sort out well, lay concrete floor, 6 new windows, new doors, lay floor, stud wall, board, plaster, paint, electrics, heating
Pantry Existing loo – bare breeze block walls, damp running down walls, disgusting tiled floor, spider paradise Stud wall, insulate, board, plaster, paint, new ceiling,  electrics to be installed, doors, windows, make dresser, bespoke pantry cupboard and other furniture
Hall downstairs Bare breeze block/chalk block walls, sagging beam/ceiling, horrible tiled floor, dark and dank Stud wall, insulate, board, paint, new ceiling, electrics to be installed, doors, 2 new windows, move front door, new front door, take down internal walls and move, new floor, section off area for downstairs loo, install Bose music system
Downstairs bathroom Utility room under stairs, netting over pipes to stop rats getting in, breeze block walls, no windows, tiny door entrance Stud wall, insulate, board, plaster, paint, new ceiling,  electrics to be installed, doors, windows, plumbing, new floor, electric loo to pump to septic tank via upstairs plumbing, sink, install hot water boiler
Sitting Room Disgusting tongue and groove walls and ceiling, disgusting tiled floor, one ineffective wood fire Stud wall, insulate, board, plaster,  paint, new ceiling – utilising existing beams, electrics to be installed, 3 new windows, double woodfire to hall, new doors to garden room and hall, new floor, bespoke shelving units and cupboards, install Bose music system
Library Used as bedroom by previous owners, disgusting tongue and groove ceiling, disgusting tiled floor, reeks of damp, some boarding on walls, one wall is flintstone – lovely Stud wall, insulate, board, plaster, paint, new ceiling,  electrics to be installed, doors, 2 new windows, restore flint stone walls, bespoke bookshelves and units, bespoke double desk unit, new floor,
Conservatory Corrugated plastic roof, no windows, broken walls open to the elements, terracotta tile floor New roof, rebuild walls, stud wall, insulate, board, plaster, paint, electrics, new windows, retain terracotta tiled floor, build bespoke coat cupboard,
Gym Currently used as wood store, missing two walls, no windows, plastic corrugated sheet roof, earth floor New roof, rebuild walls, lay concrete floor, stud wall, insulate, board, plaster, new ceiling, paint, light floor for gym work, electrics, 2 new windows, new doors
Upstairs of House
Bedroom 1 Bare breeze block walls, beams in akward spaces, floor levels differ, no ceiling – holes in roof to outside world, vermin nests, everything covered in 4-12 inches of mud for old fashioned insulation, one tiny window 18 inches above floor level Stud wall, insulate, board, plaster, paint, new ceiling,  electrics to be installed, new doors, install velux windows, new floor, take down mezzanine floor, re-site main beams for access, restore existing window, heating
Dressing room Bare breeze block walls, beams in akward spaces, floor levels differ, no ceiling – holes in roof to outside world, vermin nests, everything covered in 4-12 inches of mud for old fashioned insulation, one tiny window 18 inches above floor level Stud wall, insulate, board, plaster, paint, new ceiling,  electrics to be installed, new doors, install velux window, new floor, take down mezzanine floor, re-site main beams for access, restore existing window, heating, bespoke storage units and wall to wall shelving
Bedroom 2 Bare breeze block walls, beams in akward spaces,no floor, no ceiling – holes in roof to outside world, vermin nests, mud and straw walls, no door – just small hole in wall about .75m x .75m, access by ladder Create door way, build stairs to reach room, stud wall, insulate, board, plaster, paint, new ceiling,  electrics to be installed, doors, install velux window, new floor,  keep old bell beam in situ and highlight as its gorgeous, retain tiny floor level window, block off area behind bell beam
Hall upstairs No ceiling – holes in roof to outside world, vermin nests, differing floor levels, need to climb through beams to access, floor goes up and down when you walk on it Stud wall, insulate, board, plaster, paint, new ceiling,  Electrics to be installed, new doorways and doors, 2 new windows, heating
Landing Currently a “bathroom” – chipboard walls and floor, disugsting shower unit and filthy sink, bare bulb hanging out of wall Build landing, create doorways, remove and secure beams, stud wall, board, plaster, paint, new floor, new window
Stairs Can you call them stairs?!  Very narrow, steep, winding wooden ladder/stairs – v dangerous. Need to handbuild stairs to fit awkward space, need to make bannisters to fit.
Bathroom 1 Bare breeze block walls, beams in akward spaces, floor levels differ, no ceiling – holes in roof to outside world, vermin nests Stud wall, insulate, board, plaster, paint, new ceiling,  electrics to be installed, doors, install velux window, plumbing, install shower, loo, sink, heating, tile floor
Bathroom 2 Bare breeze block walls, beams in akward spaces, floor levels differ, no ceiling – holes in roof to outside world, vermin nests, everything covered I 4-12 inches of mud for old fashioned insulation Stud wall, insulate, board, plaster, paint, new ceiling, electrics to be installed, doors, install velux window, plumbing, install shower, loo, sink, bamboo floor (waterproof), heating
External Buildings and Garden
Outbuilding 1/Spa Two walls, broken roof, earth floor, used as rabbit and pigeon pens New roof, rebuild walls, lay concrete floor, stud wall, insulate, board, plaster, new ceiling, paint, waterproof floor, install electrics and separate junction box for hot tub, install hot tub etc
Boxing room Two walls, broken roof, earth floor, used to keep chickens in New roof, rebuild walls, lay concrete floor, stud wall, insulate, board, ceiling, paint, light floor for skipping, install electrics,
Wine room Walls, doorway, window, earth floor Lay concrete floor, block up window, re-site door and replace with secure door
Workshop/ Garage Broken corrugated roof, broken metal up and over door, mice living quarters New roof, lay concrete floor, stud wall, insulate, board, electrics to be installed, new double doors, new windows, bespoke units for tools
Middle Workshop Dangerous holes, corrugated metal doors, concrete floor laid, used to keep tractor in by previous owners, gable end falling down Repair gable end, new doors, windows, create mezannine storage floor, fill in dangerous holes – remove current external door replace with window and level floor
Woodshed 1 Earth floor, roof needs repair (wisteria growing through), door hole made for Liliputians Repair roof, widen doorway, clear out 50 years of accumulated crap
Woodshed 2 Earth floor, roof needs repair Repair roof, widen doorway, clear out 50 years of accumulated crap
Woodshed 3 Non existent Build new woodsheet for long term storage
Courtyard Non existent Clear existing rubbish piles, previous owners emptied fire ash in this area between house and outbuildings for thirty years; lay gravel floor, build walls between existing buildings to enclose, install gate entrance
Front garden Mud patch Lay gravel path, cut down overgrown trees touching electric and phone lines, new gate
Back garden Two overgrown fields on a slope remove hedge in middle of fields, create vegetable garden area, paths, tame
Greenhouse 1 Bought cheap on ebay in pieces Lay concrete foundations to  level ground, gravel floor, put pieces together
Greenhouse 2 Donated by family put together
Shed From old house
Gazebo Bought in a moment’s madness at Ideal Home Exhibition Heavy wrought iron gazebo, lay concrete foundations
Chicken pen 1 Non existent Make chicken coop, create pen
Chicken pen 2 Non existent Make chicken coop, create pen
Duck and Geese Pen Non existent Create pen
Dog pen Non existent Lay concrete floor, build dog’s house, fencing
Render walls of house Non existent Whole house to be rendered
Terrace and cover Non existent Lay foundations, tile, create pergola style roofing/cover


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