The Renovations Begin!

So, after waiting months for 3 different builders to quote for our renovations, and none of them understanding what we wanted, and quoting a small fortune – we happened across a house in the village being renovated by a local builder (in fact the husband of the local shopkeeper) that looked fantastic, and we could see that he was using natural materials and doing a really thorough job. We asked him to quote for our work, which he did within a week, at a very reasonable price, and today, just 2 weeks later, the work began.

The original roof is off, and the rotten central beams replaced by reclaimed chestnut beams from a local demolition. The window openings have been knocked out, no small feat as the walls are 2 foot thick granite stone, and the lintels are going in.


The lintels have been made from the large granite pillars that used to hold up the donkey- driven water wheels on our wells. Tom dug them out of the ground himself, with a little help from Duke


Ella, being the lady that she is, preferred to watch from the comfort of the car


The Eco-friendly timber preservative that we ordered from the uk arrived today in the nick of time, so Tom will be applying that to the cross beams and wooden sheathing when it gets a bit cooler today, ready for those to be installed next week after the walls have been rebuilt.

So excited to finally be making progress!


2 thoughts on “The Renovations Begin!

  1. I’m looking forward to reading more about this.That’s some serious looking granite, fantastic material for the climate, it looks like you plan on staying for a while?

  2. Hi Eddy, thanks, this is only half of the house, we have the other half to do next year also, but we’re in no rush, we intend to stay for a very long time, in fact we don’t intend to move ever again. We’ve been global nomads for many years, we’ve lived in 8 houses in 6 different countries in the last 10 years! Time to settle down 🙂
    Loved the post on the goats. We’ve just acquired 7 of them, which is actually 5 too many, but they came as a job lot, I’ll post a blog about them later.

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