A house full of surprises

Like a box of chocolates!

In the summer of 2012 I entered the house for the first time as the official owner. Before purchasing it I had done an inspection of the structural integrity of the house, so I knew that there was some restoration work to be done. However, the work turned out to be a lot more than I had expected. Naively, at the moment of signing the contract it looked like a good deal to me, but later on I realized that I should have gotten a big discount instead.

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How to spruce up wooden crates

Wooden cratesThe beauty below the filth

We bought these wooden crates on our first visit to the second hand furniture market of Amiens in 2014. When we found them, they looked terribly: they were extremely dirty and beaten-up, but we loved them. They were made of solid wood so we knew that with a little bit of patience we could make them look beautiful again.

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Demolition

Initial stateBring it down!

In order to start with the foundation, first we had to make room for it! Indeed, the original house had two small attachments on the rear which were not part of the extension plan so we needed to get rid of them before we could begin with the foundation work.

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Bowling balls

Rehabilitation

Get them rolling!

As it happens on all our quests, we found these balls unexpectedly in Soumoulou (France). Hubert instantly fell in love. We were leaving without them, but seeing his sad face made us turn around and get them. They were very dirty and infested with termites; however we thought they could give a nice look to any corner of the house. Continue reading