Episode 56 – Light and space:creating an illusion Part 1

rmrenovation, restoration, illusions

This is the smallest room in our French village house renovation project ( with the exception of shower rooms etc)

At about 12 square metres,  it  suffered from the usual malaises of small windows and dark brown varnish on every wooden surface which can be pretty typical of bargain basement properties here.Scan0002

There was also a tiny window at the rear (more of that in next post) and a light and open view across the rooftops to the hills around our village.

This room also suffered from the only serious damp problem in the house as the roof tiles had slipped and water was pouring in and threatening to push the roof joists and wooden panelling on the ceiling past the point of no return. We started by demolishing the curious wardrobes which were incubating the damp.

DSC003212The next priority was of course was  to restore the slipped and broken tiles on the roof and let the room dry out gradually over the usual hot summer we have here.

We then looked at accessing the shower room. Although handily sited next door, we had the two foot thick original  spine wall of the house between! Whilst we are happy to demolish walls, even load bearing ones, this wall was not just holding the house and the roof up, but was made from massive river pebbles and what looked like small boulders ( no dressed stone here!) so this job was passed onto our mason and his boys who are used to knocking medieval houses around without seriously destabilising them .


About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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One Response to Episode 56 – Light and space:creating an illusion Part 1

  1. Dark brown varnish – ew! Looking good though and it must literally seem like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. 🙂


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