Episode 102- Where do I begin? the cave story- part 1

cave doorOk, so you may not want to trawl the archives for the full saga so I have decided to post some bite-sized summaries on progress in French house to date.

Left- we have one end of the cave. On purchase this was a ground floor junk room housing the boiler in it’s giant burnt out cupboard. There had clearly been a major fire in here as we had blackened &  melted ceiling tiles, above which were blackened joists.


The boiler was not connected to the flue  and we had a rough floor with the (concreted over ) village well in the corner.









A quick glance at our  thick stone walls –Right- may indicate why we did not undertake to widen the 18 inch wide doorway to the rear courtyard ourselves.

House Courtyard Door

We have removed ceiling tiles, demolished boiler cupboard, levelled floor, fitted new, hardwood French doors and shutters  at this end. Behind where boiler cupboard sat-Below- we have a new opening and door in the massive spine wall (under the stairs to first floor) to access the cave from the workshop/garage. It will be our guest bedroom.

The alcove under the stairs will house mini kitchenette for guest with wine, beer & milk fridge  & coffee/tea making stuff. (it’s a long way to the kitchen if you are sitting in the courtyard!)SAMSUNG

So the new layout in this half of cave is a major, major improvement.

To the left are stacked the carefully cut components for our new staircase to second floor, the existing one is  amusing , but potentially lethal


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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2 Responses to Episode 102- Where do I begin? the cave story- part 1

  1. Osyth says:

    Fabulous progress … really amazing the transformation you are achieving 🙂


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