It’s been a long eight months of renovation in our tiny village house here in Provence. We had a deadline. The house was going to be filmed. Ever since the mania of trying to get everything to look presentable we’ve been taking it easy. I think Robin is still a bit too knackered to function. He pretty much single-handedly transformed this house, that hadn’t been touched since the 70s, into the beautiful little nest it has become. We’re not entirely finished, but I thought I’d finally let you in on some of the action of the last few months! If you’re interested in the process I’ll be posting throughout the next few days images of the transformation of each of the rooms and will next week be posting pictures of what it looks like now! First up a special kitchen design and renovation: (and a large one indeed!)
The Original Kitchen
First Layer Off..
Where’s the Roof!?
Something unfortunate of what we discovered with this house was that the previous owner either had a free supply of materials, or desperately needed an excuse to keep himself busy on Sundays… There were not only one layer of tiles but TWO. There was TWO layers of wood as well! This just meant a lot more work and trips to the dechetterie (garbage dump) than what should have been necessary.
For a week, the kitchen found itself roofless. This was worrying as we weren’t living here in these early stages. I remember laughing as we locked the door to the house with all the tools inside and the roof wide open! Thankfully, no one except the neighbour’s cat invited themselves in.
New Doors and Windows
A New, Old Floor
Original View Entering the House
Ah. That feels slightly less claustrophobic already! We had to redo the whole kitchen ceiling as it was made with asbestos. This was eventually a good thing as we were able to raise it a little.
Supporting the Wall
One of the only things Robin needed help with was properly securing this wall and knocking it down. This eventually opened up the downstairs area quite a lot and made it feel much bigger.
Making an Open Plan
That’s all I’m going to show you for now; hopefully, you’ll be impressed when you see the result next week!
Feel free to ask any questions about any of our decisions. I’ll be writing more about the details of the French techniques versus the British/American ones and how we sourced our materials soon.