Video Tour of the Estate

Side Garden Bear Cave Horse Pen Perimeter Inner Horse Pen Outer Wall & Stables Back Garden

Quick Update

Here we are in mid-May and work is progressing fast.  The stables are completely renovated with the re-connection of the electricity and water being the last things to be done.

Kitchen:  demolished!  and a new extended kitchen has been put in its place.  We are about to put the floor in and bring the main wall back to its original stonework.  We are not going to install a new kitchen because it is such a personal thing but all the electrics and plumbing, including the option to create an island near the cooker, will be installed and ready to welcome appliances and a sink.

The bathrooms on the middle floor have been completely gutted, ready for the plumbing to be renewed.  The master bathroom is now twice as big as it was and will have a walk-in shower, a gorgeous bateau bath in front of the windows and a double sink.  The bathroom, dressing room and master bedroom will now be one lovely, convenient suite of rooms.

The gable end is finished and looking gorgeous.  The bathroom on the top floor which is by the gable end just has to be re-tiled and it is ready for use.

We are going into the last big push, all hands on deck, to get the work done in the next 12 weeks.  It’s going to be exciting.

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning…

This is how the gable end used to look.  It stood tall and firm for a couple of centuries and then time and rot did their work, most notably on one of the wooden joists supporting it.  So it was time for a new wall ……………..

what the gable end used to look like

The demolition begins …… am I scared?  Am I worried?………………  Oh yes !

wall demolition Senlisse

Most houses of this period don’t have deep foundations, if they have foundations at all!  But we dug down and found a layer of impermeable, solid rock about 1m below the house and built a new foundation on that.  It is made from ‘beton armée’  – reinforced concrete to you and me, and has steel bars going through it.  In another 200 years this foundation is still going to be there !

the foundation goes in

And here we are today (mid-September 2018) and the wall is being rebuilt using the original stone as a façade on the breeze blocks.  The windows are being reinstated, and the whole will be just like before only better, stronger, straighter !

rebuilding