Treasure hint

wpid-20150814_134206.jpgMy name is Gill. I like to knock things down.

Not gratuitously, you understand, but for sound aesthetic reasons. Having read Osyth’s latest post in which she reveals, literally, the underpinnings of her particular French village house, I am nostalgic for the fun and excitement of our demolition days chez nous.

I laughed so much at her post that I very nearly had an old-lady accident.

The vile tiles above were the ceiling of choice in some of our rooms. Hacking off these and the supporting framework in the tulip bedroom revealed several cubic metres of previously hidden space and completely changed the proportions  and illumination in there. Why would anyone cover up those stone walls or that beautiful beam?sept13 109

The only possible explanation is insulation, but there is no perceptible difference in winter temperatures in that room even without the the new insulation and boarding out we are planning in here. There were also doors that really are not needed, between salon and kitchen and at the bottom of the second staircase; yet the house holds it’s heat just as well without them.Then there was the glass, wood and formica dividing wall in the kitchen/diner.

Whatever floats your boat, I guess.  Meanwhile, thanks Osyth for reminding me to fully enjoy our very last bit of demolition scheduled for the next visit………


Derrn, der dern dern , dernnnnnnn!


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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6 Responses to Treasure hint

  1. Osyth says:

    The pleasure is all mine 😉 Thank you! It’s such a pleasure watching your house unfold itself after all those years of undignified messing. That ceiling …. good bluddy god – it’s a mortal sin, I think. But the mercy is that you and Trev are willing to take the heavy hands to it and strip away the disasters. I can’t wait to see the kitchen ceiling – but then again, as you well know, I can’t wait to see all the things that you share 🙂

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  2. Nadia says:

    There is no accounting for taste – or lack of it – is there?
    Luckily your house has found an owner that is willing to give it back its taste:)

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  3. whoa I had more or less the same tiles in my living room… under a layer of crudely installed drywall.

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  4. I too love that beam!!!

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