I used to watch those programmes where people would decide on a home in the UK or a home abroad. We had debts, a house too big and I knew it would never be me. However, we paid off the debts, drastically paid down our mortage, sold the house, downsized to a tiny cottage and when we came into some money bought a doer upper in Huelgoat in Brittany. We’ve owned it since the 21st December and have had less than two weeks and a small budget to work on it. We’re waiting on quotes from trades but I can see us learning how and doing it ourselves to keep to a tight budget.
There was no kitchen when we arrived and DB has built one from a DIY store kit. He’s taking his time, getting it right and thinking it through. We need to get some more bit from Brico depot tomorrow and then he’ll be able to finish it.
We’ve experimented with keeping the little French sink, it is cute and I’ll go with it for a while. We’re going to turn the downstairs bathroom into a utility room. I don’t think anyone want to wander through the kitchen in a towel to have a shower. We’ll keep a downstairs loo as every house could do with more than one and two flights of stairs for a pee is a bit much! We’ll also install a new 200 litre hot water tank in the main bathroom so the small kitchen tank will just be for washing dishes.
Here’s the kitchen progress so far. There’s another wall of units to finish, wall units to put up and the cooker will need to be placed on bricks. Everything French is about 5cm lower and at 177cm tall, everything is already too low for me.
I’ve also sprayed the back of the house with anti- mousse to kill the orange a lack lichen, emptied another wood shed, moved the dry wood with my other wood delivery. I’m now ready to stack the green logs to season for two years.
We’re off to the dechetterie and brico depot tomorrow and then back to work on the house. The manual work has been relaxing, sanding, painting or making puts you in that moment when you can’t think of anything else so you leave any worries else where.
It’s now time for our even walk with the dogs, supper and a glass of wine.
See you tomorrow,
Love Froogs xxxx