Before the restoration purists start screaming at me they should note that we had no option but to widen the doorway from the cave to the courtyard as the existing one was eighteen inches wide..
It was reassuring, however, to know that the bones of our house, at least the oldest bit, were constructed from solid random stone and giant river pebbles.The rough but beautiful internal stone walls will be left apparent here
We are fortunate-many apparently solid stone walls we have seen are basically two stone skins with a rubble core. Not good, not solid and difficult to modify or rectify.
In other similar houses, outer walls that look like original stone have in fact been wrapped in reconstituted stone “tiles”.
Internally we have a right mix, including some moderately bumpy old lime plaster-Right.
Which one do we go with? do we choose one old finish and copy it around the room like normal folk who like uniformity would?
Now what do you think?
Oh, by the way, the ONLY room in the whole of the French house with all walls finished the same way, relatively smooth and “stable”? the bloody workshop of course…….
Ah, “Les Murs” if only they could speak… maybe they would sing the last line of the third verse of Charles Trenet’s wonderful song, http://lyricstranslate.com/en/la-mer-sea.html