Friday, 2 March 2012

Renovating in February

Renovation of the Breton cottage continues! The plan for this trip was for E to finish lime rendering the kitchen and the gable end wall/chimney breast in the bedroom. My plans were slightly more flexible as I needed to fit in a few social visits, some canal/woodland walks, firewood gathering, knitting and reading ;-)
Back of cottage and barn (on right)
Front and barn on left
View of woodland 
Lime rendering in process..
E managed to finish off most of the rendering before the bale of hemp; needed to mix with the lime, ran out. Advances in LED mean that we were able to source low voltage bulbs with a soft but bright light (as opposed to the usual harsh white) for the kitchen; being off-grid for electric means that minimising usage is a priority.

We had a meeting with the heating engineer who installed the log-burner and hot-water tank/radiators (gravity fed from a back boiler) so he'll be testing and installing a small wood-burning Rayburn (rescued from a friends garage) in the kitchen and a solar water panel low on the wall outside with a small photovoltaic panel to pump.

The living room's starting to look quite cosy..



Although we're still camping out by the fire :)


Main structural work on the barn has been done; roofing, walls, floor, mezzanine..


So we'll leave it now until the house is finished and then introduce a more contemporary feel with a modern log burner etc to contrast with the traditional cottage.

The weather was beautifully warm and sunny for February so walking a kilometre along the canal to the village centre was a daily pleasure..


Where the Nantes-Brest canal joins the River Blavet 
Part of the Napoleonic centre of the village
I like the sliver of moon and the bird silhouettes in this photo of the village church spire 


3 comments:

  1. That looks like my dream cottage! You are so fortunate to have it to fix up. I look forward to seeing more pictures as things progress. I am feeling slightly jealous over here in Canada!

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  2. Lovely Cottage. Good luck with the restoration. It looks like a lovely setting.

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