Andrew has been in demolition mode which also meant multiple trips to the déchetterie. So far he's
- knocked down a wall between two of the old notaires rooms
- knocked a doorway through from the tartan room to the guest room
- taken all the plaster off the dining room walls
- knocked the kitchen/corridor wall down
- knocked the loo wall down.
None of which were load bearing, in case you were worried.
|The old kitchen & tartan room|
Our hall ceiling is quite high, which is just as well as I don't think soaking this electrical socket would have been a bright idea - it had just been covered over with wallpaper, no proper cover.
|Just as well we're rewiring|
I finally unveiled the cause of the tidemarks in the hall. It was obviously due to damp as it got worse when it rained but why halfway up? It didn't make much sense until I started pulling the paper off. The bottom section had a backing sheet of thick, metallic paper stuck to the plaster which we assume was there to stop the damp coming through. It did achieve this to a degree but all it really did was to push the water higher. Still I suppose they thought it a better solution than the carpet that was stuck on the wall to dado rail height in the summer kitchen! We will be actually solving the issue by going to the cause, removing the banked up soil around the house and using products to let the walls breathe.
|Damp - and the solution!|
Back in the barn I've been making full use of the new kitchen and last night made Ottolenghi's 'very full tart'
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