(Mis)adventures of converting a stone barn to a dwelling

First destructions

Meanwhile, back to reality, the old interior of the barn needed stripping out as it contained all the cowshed fittings still, with odd beams at odd heights, weird floors made of clay tiles which were dangerous and so on. How dodgy was that floor? this happened just walking across it It was all carefully loaded …Continue reading

First doorway castings

First job, was to get some internal doorways cut in and lintels cast. No little undertaking. First job was to cut a hole in the wall, and push a oak beam through the hole to support the wall above the hole to be. If this step was missed, the wall could fall down! A lintel …Continue reading

A rocky start

After viewing the property, we paid our deposit to the notaires, and went to the bank to sort our mortgage, which was a done deal as far as we knew, having both the means to cover it easily and a entire house as security for the sum. However, the bank refused us a mortgage and …Continue reading

A new project?

In 2008, I was visiting a friend who was building a house local to me, when he happened to mention a old farm building on some land was for sale by the local farmer. So we went to look at it. So we did our finances, decided to get a mortgage to cover the building …Continue reading

Welcome to my house project blog

Hi, Welcome to the blog of my house project, the first sections will be written retrospectively (ie they have already happened), but works are not finished, so newer entries should be recent events. Ive dated the posts with the date on my digital photos of the events so they should be nearly accurate to chronological …Continue reading

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