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.
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.
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