entrée libre

Sescaliero, we need to address the last issue we have with the layout of the village house; the teeny, tiny entrance hall.

It’s not as bad as it was, at least it doesn’t have the door (opening outwards) to the only toilet in the entire house behind it any more-right & bottom right “BEFORE”

However, I am reminded of how snug this space is when I am standing there chatting to our French plumber & Trevor a couple of weeks ago. It’s all a bit cosy to say the least.

PS, the plumber says my decoration in salon is “jolie”, and I will happily take all the praise I can get!

So, the hall. Well we have a door –below-off it to what the Estate Agent called the garage; but it never was anyway. It was the original kitchen until a few decades ago, then it became the previous owner’s workshop. He was a menuisier (furniture maker/joiner- the titles/definitions of those who work in wood are complex down here)

Anway, I had one of my eureka! moments. Can we utilise part of this additional space off garage workshopthe hall without knocking anything down and find a way to combine it so we don’t have to be quite so cosy with any visitors?



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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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14 Responses to entrée libre

  1. bizzyella says:

    What if you just folded back the doors when the plumber, etc., shows up? You would get him off the street but not create a situation where he feels comfortable taking more time than is necessary.

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    • I think I have nailed it. The space off hall will be the atelier, and the doorway to that is quite wide, so no need to knock anything about: we’ll just leave that door open and everything will flow better.
      The room has folding full width garage doors with small glazed panes, if I could just double the size of those panes the space would be even lighter.
      I did consider replacing with fully glazed panels but sun so strong on front it would be just too much in the summer months.
      Another project, but something we can do ourselves without busting the budget further

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  2. Osyth says:

    I guess you don’t have a back door? Being from Oxfordshire where the standing joke is that no-one EVER uses the front door I still never do …. that said if there isn’t a back door this theory falls flat – or provides comedy when you get guests to climb through a window. Congrats on getting a ‘jolie’ out of the plumber – high praise indeed 😀


  3. zipfslaw1 says:

    Cool! Can you tell us more about this wood-working vocabulary of which you speak?


  4. MELewis says:

    I guess you could just leave the door off and have a nice open-concept walk-in closet/mudroom. Perfect place to store all the stuff (shoes, umbrellas, bags) that constantly clutters our little entrance hall!


    • Well we have the cloakroom area where the dodgy door to toilet used to be, so some bags & shoes & coats catered for.
      I was thinking more plants, some paintings, maybe an armchair (for overwhelmed guests to swoon into whilst they wonder what possessed us to buy this hovel?)
      Alternatively, I could fold the atelier doors, back, put in a bench and and invite les grands-mères off ths street and in for a gossip?(this option is tempting as I am now invited to gossip with them )

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  5. poshbirdy says:

    Great idea to borrow some space. You’ll be more comfortable with a more open access


  6. poshbirdy says:

    Great idea to borrow some space. You’ll probably be way more comfortable with better access to your ‘jolie’ little pad


  7. Nadia says:

    Sounds like a good idea to use the atelier as additional entry space. Will you not need to break down a wall?

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  8. Hi, I am actually planning the layout exactly like that; the entrance from a narrow hallway to the main (small) bathroom 🙂

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