Restoring the house has taken 17 years, on and off. Originally, it had a leaking roof, and the top floor – effectively a pigeon loft – was boxed off while its floors rotted. There was a small WC and shower roof leading off the kitchen and it only had three serviceable bedrooms.
The house end of the building now has a new super-insulated roof, although looking from the outside you can’t tell it apart from the traditional roman “canal” terracotta tiling because the top skin is exactly that: hand made terracotta tiles.
There is now a large kitchen and utility room, fashioned from raising the floor level of a section of the cellar. There are five bedrooms, all ensuite, a second floor lounge and a dining room/lounge on the ground floor.
I’ve installed a much larger septic tank, done a full rewire, installed a central heating system, straightened and strengthened both staircases and both landings, re-rendered walls almost everywhere and laid about 160 square metres of terracotta floor tiling. I blocked up the opening between the cellar and the large barn with local stone and pointed it (only I can tell where the joins are!).
The 900 square metre garden now has a new 2 metre high perimeter wall.
I’ve taken hundreds photographs of the works at every stage. Once I have dealt with more urgent priorities on the website, I’ll post some before and after shots. The early work was before digital took over so they will take a little time. I look at them and I can’t quite believe the transformation.