Whenever we start a project like this...there are the doubters...there are the enthusiasts....and there are the folks who just run and hide. Depending on the hour, and the prevailing winds I can be any and all of those!
|This is the view down the cross street from #1.|
The Gros Cloche is just around the bend
|This will be the main room. I am standing in the food prep area|
on a mocked up counter.
|This is the view from the "prep area". There are two windows on each side of this grand room, and on a hot day there is a nice breeze from East to West.|
|This is the master bedroom window, and it has the best view, long and down the cross street.|
|Another coffee break?!|
|Bordeaux's main catherdral, Pey Berland, in the distance.|
|I wondered here if Pat knew what was on the other side of the chimney?|
|Here is where we cut out the ceiling which will become a mezzanine in Oscar's room, with access to attic storage and perhaps somehow a roof terrace, but that's unlikely.|
This home is not nearly as old as Martel was. Bordeaux was a roman city way back when, and the foundations of this building start tospeak to that history, but this building in its current state dates from the 18th century. Over the centuries, in Martel, there were all sorts of modifications, arches, windows, fireplaces... Here in #1 there are few items of character like that, so we will try to hilight the ones we have.
|This is the old fireplace flue. I am trying to devine a manner to reuse it for a kitchen barbecue.|
|A pillar in the grand room (kitchen)|
|boxes of demolition|
So far the biggest obstacle is the removal of material. I have about 8 cubic meters of plaster and brick that I need to get rid of..... I'm still working on a solution that does not include carrying boxes down 63 winding stairs to the street. And I'm hoping that I can get the new materials delivered through the window on a crane.
|Master bedroom headboard|