Just for starters to let anyone who is interested, know sort of in brief, what I am up against!
NEW WEBSITE and BLOG was created and prepared but has been on hold as I don't have time or energy to create.
Manual expertise has been on hand converting the rough and horrid to smooth and more beautiful. I help manually. I can use powered sanding machines and elbow grease!
Electrician promises to come in October to make electricity safe and install the water heater.
Menuisier for double-glazing of the many windows and doors in the house gave us a different kind of shock in his estimate! Others have also arrived to give estimates and we get different messages each time. Research on getting them made in UK and delivered to France continues.
Research continues into which woodburner to order and its installation. Again different messages come thick and fast. It is not as simple as it sounds!
Despite being worn out and cold weather approaching, we get up and do ... and at weekends collapse into a practically non-functioning unit!
Laundry room....damp walls have been dry-lined, the floor has been tanked up, cleaned, levelled and floor tiles laid and grouted with plinths. ceiling made good, windows made good, new space for plumbing and electricity created.
Next jobs: walls and ceiling to paint / two exterior walls to chip off the render, rebuild where we know there is just plasterboard covered with cement render, make pierre vue, all of which affects replacement guttering / build worktop with sink, taps and waste outlet, connect to water in and out / build cupboard shelves / install water heater, correct faulty electrics, purchase and plumb in washing machine.
Small room to be an office.... electricity to correct and improve plugs and switches / grind off paper and glue from cement floor ( done that ) / make walls flat / remove tongue and groove boarding around windows and doors and make good / level the floor where necessary, lay parquet floor and seal, add skirting boards / fill other woodwork / repaint all surfaces / make replacement doors for those missing on corner armoire / build cupboards to conceal electrics and water stopcocks / double glaze window and door (there are 4 units and to replace is more complicated than this note reveals), draughtproof door and windows / sand and repaint shutters / choose and install wall lights / install telephone point / replace radiator / find curtaining...
Oval room ....replace insulation boards on walls, remake chimney, purchase and install woodburner to replace what was there and instal with all that that implies for the chimney! make walls flat, repaint ceiling where necessary, make safe electricity and add plugs and switches, grind off paper and glue from cement floor, level the floor where necessary, lay oak flooring and seal, add skirting boards, fill woodwork or remove all tongue and groove boarding, repaint all surfaces, double glaze door , draughtproof door, create a wider and higher internal doorway and buy new door, choose and install lighting, replace radiator, find curtaining...
Kitchen ... to plan the change! It is being considered! Beams, ceiling between, walls and floor to be improved before kitchen units and equipment can be installed. Currently the fridge is a freezer and sited next to the oven which I try not to use. The hob is 'basic'ally good now I have discovered how to turn the gas down for a simmer! Before that I did not dare leave the hob for fear of burning the veg!
Bathroom ...it's a shell... so to buy and install everything --- flooring, ceiling, wall covering and window, bath /shower, toilet, sink, towel rail / sand and paint door / extraction unit / replace radiator.
Bedroom... lay oak flooring and add skirting board, add lighting and extra plugs, double glaze and draughtproof French doors, repair door furniture, hang chandelier, replace radiator, consider how to heat this room if there is no woodburner next door and no oil fuelled central heating! Furnish and add curtains.
Living room.. Finish sanding and repair of doors, paint, double glaze and draughtproof. There are 4 French doors plus 2 French doors to the bedroom and 3 other doors. Its a large room! Sand and finish oak staircase. Pipes to paint or conceal, Skirting board to replace, Insert and chimney to be replaced with woodburner.... (this will affect chimney flue going through attic and up to the roof).
Gardens to weed and mow here and there... TICK to order plants and plant! (Previous owner took alll except lots of sorrel, one white peony, two surviving roses (not yet bushes), Orange "Angel's trumpets" and another plant I know not the name of!
Tomatoes to conserve TICK they've been eaten so it's just the green ones to deal with!
Bonfires to light TICK
Waste wood to saw into usable lengths
Guttering external problems to solve
Roof to consider how much to re-roof and do what is necessary! New ideas abound.
STOP!! STOP!! GO!! GO!!
What about the terraced courtyard, the atelier / verandah, the chicken shed and yard, the municipal toilet-block, and the rest? Oh what fun has just begun!
Habitability is the required keyword!