Monday, 31 December 2012

Here are a few shots from earlier in the year, just as a little reminder.

Finished the insulation last week. I've started on the electrics, just putting the wiring in place ready for the plaster boarding upstairs. Lit the wood burner today too, just to check the flue was working ok, didn't leave it on long, but it'll certainly heat the room up when it gets going.

Friday, 21 December 2012

I've not made a great deal of progress in the last week really. I've oiled all the beams that will be visable upstairs once the plaster boarding is complete also insulated most of the roof, another few hours work will complete that. Then I need to put up rails for the plaster board and the plaster board itself. I'll get the insulation finished before Christmas.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

The small downstairs window is cemented up ready for the window fitting, still not done that yet though.

I've been painting my ceiling, seemed easier to do it before I put it up, gave it about 5 coats and sanded in between each one to get a smooth finish so it looks like plaster, that's what's taken so long. I'm pleased with the results though, I need to tape and fill the joints and touch up a few scuffs but it's looking good.

An added bonus of putting the ceiling up is that I now have an upstairs floor!

I was kindly given an unwanted stone fire place that I'm modifying to make a hearth in the living room for my poêle à bois, that's wood burning stove to you Brits. The wood burner will sit on top of this obviously when it's done not in the middle of it like it is now.

Found this old thing too, A lovely old copper bath that I'm thinking of cleaning up and making a feature of in the bathroom.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

All the upstairs windows are in place now, just need to alter the tin flashings from the outside. It's starting to look like a little house, from the outside at least. 

 The downstairs window needs a little modifying, sans planning permission. A little bit of stone work to do, to make it fit.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Got two of the windows in today, one of the little ones upstairs and the largest one upstairs, just need a little finishing.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

I've had some trouble with the peugoet starter motor last week, garage wanted 350 euro to sort it, so my time has been occupied trying to fix it, got very little done on the maison as a result.

But in my absence the water arrived at La Borie, I am now connected to the mains water supply, very pleased about that, it's only taken 3 months, (that's not sarcasm!).

I've been making windows for the place too as I mentioned in an earlier post, 4 in all, just about finished them, all double glazed, they don't look half bad even though I do say so myself.

I bought a poêle à bois (that's French for a wood burning stove) off some friends of my folks too, ready for the winter. Once the windows are fitted, I'll be able to heat the place. When I get the floor in and a bit of plumbing and electric I'll be able to move in to the upstairs area while I work on the rest. That's the plan anyway.