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Discussion in 'Other Chatter' started by Biker, Nov 6, 2013.
You have a blog ?:aargh4: Seriously though, well done mate.:You_Rock_
Best of luck in your mansion.
Well, it could do with a bit of redecorating and the estate is a bit in need of some touch-ups...
Hiya, Just updated The Blog with some pictures of the inside of the house/bungalow/cabin. If you have sunglasses I would suggest you wear then, trust me you'll need 'em.
Thanks for reading
It is a bit garish isn't it
But it looks like you've got a good structure to really work with there
No Biker STOP! This house must be preserved, to beat the French over the head with every time they go on about inherent style and taste.
Hey it's a bit wild colour wise but it's your new home, chuffed for you and as you say the potential is huge.
Just posted up another blog entry showing the process of the work in one corner of the main room.
Thanks for reading and for your comments.
I'm reminded of the last words of Oscar Wilde as he died in a Belgian hotel room contemplating the wallpaper. "One of us will have to go."
Good to see which option you chose!
If your place was over here it would probably have been listed by now due to its unique artistic merit or some such wiffle.
Ooooooooh - go with the pink gloss!
Then I can export, to you, all the wretched Pink Sporks I have and they will fit in with your décor!
Our house had been "tastefully resorted" with hardboard on batons - just like yours - over the 3' thick lime-washed stone walls.
I think this was to give a nice flat surface for the chintzy wall paper (which also covered the ceiling between the joists - covering ancient boards!)
The gentle waves in the walls gave me sea-sickness .. or was it just a reaction to the wall paper?
Keep up the good work!
Well done on the progress bud.
Great blog, and very jealous. Will be watching with interest.
That gardens awesome. I probably wouldn't leave it as is but I can't help liking it.
Did you put a vapour barrier into the wall during the insulating and studding phase?
Watching this with interest and admiration mate.
I look forward to seeing what you turn it into!!
Thanks for the replies and comments folks.
Qwerty, if you mean something to prevent a build up of condensation then the 40mm gap where ceiling meets wall will have to act as a ventilation gap, otherwise I'll just have to take my chances. When I took out the internal cladding it was bone dry behind it so that gave me a lot of confidence. I was expecting black mould. There are air gaps between the insulation layers too. The space between the studs will remain open i.e. not filled with insulation. I plan on putting som small vent grills here and there so there is some air circulation behind there as well.
Goatboy, sorry the pink paint is going, same as the wallpaper. As Oldtimer said one of us has to go, and I only just arrived so I don't think it should be me.
Thanks for the tempting offer of the pink sporks John, but I shall decline your generous offer.
Ozzy1977, you may well be right if it were in the UK the English Heritage could step in and declare it a national monument.. which is why I'm smashing and bashing out stuff as fast as I can just in case the French decide the same!
Dave-the-rave. You Sir, need to go back on the medication asap!
I expect you already know, but it may be worth pointing out to anyone mad enough to follow the same path that all receipts for materials and services should be kept. Since TVA (VAT) will already have been paid, the costs of improving the property can then be set against the liability for tax on the increased value of the property should you come to sell at a later date.
I learned this the expensive way, but fortunately I hadn't spent much. It looks as if Chateau de Motard will have increased significantly in value by the time it is finished and the difference between the original price and the final selling price (less costs of improvement) is taxable.
A friend of my father-in-law got a French government grant towards the cost of having her coat of arms carved and installed over the gateway to her chateau in the Loire Valley. I wonder if they would fund a coat of arms depicting Bushcraft Betty rampant supported by a Harley couchant executed in old machine parts and cast concrete?
My mind is a whirl with the images that sentence invoked... none of them repeatable on a family forum
I think I need to have a chat with Jean-Pierre to see if I qualify for any grants.
Yup, keeping the receipts and so far I doubt I've spent more than €500 on building materials. Probably spent more in diesel driving back and forth to the tip hauling "sculpture" componants from the garden :tapedshut.
Mate if ya offer that big sculpture in the gift-it-on thread I'll have it and offer up a pink spork and a tub of valium.
The postage would be a bit steep though. Free to whoever comes and collects it? Yeah, that'll work a treat .
Trust me, there are no other ones exactly the same. Many pretenders to it, like this one, but mine is unique.
Your link doesn't work Aaron...