Demolishing the old floor, rotten beams and all.
The last of the old beams about to be removed. The door at high level is the one to my bedroom, bedroom 1. The lower door leads from the entrance hall to the cellar area.
The floor to bedroom one had badly damaged beams and the whole thing needing replacing in 2007.
Brand new round beams, provençal-style, arrive ready for fixing.
Jean-Claude and his team making holes for the new beams.
Terracotta tiles make a good ceiling for a cellar. It’s an extra layer of insulation and, like the stone walls, helps regulate humidity.
The main beams are new Provençal round trimmed logs. On top of that is a 10cm x 10cm joist, a spacing lath allowing a ceiling of terracotta tiles, a sheet of chipboard, a layer of insulation, another joist, a lath and then floorboarding.
The walls have been replastered and the new floor is almost ready for the final layer: “Pin des Landes”, high resin beautiful pine flooring. We’d call it Scots Pine or Red Wood.
My toolroom taking shape
Using stone found in the garden I blocked up the opening between the cellar and the large barn.
The new stone wall is up and the floor ‘shelf’ on one side is tiled.
Tiling on the other side is complete; the pointing finished.
After the new floor was finished, underneath in the cellar we built a tool room at one end, steps down using large stones already in the cellar. I enclosed the foundations in concrete blocks and tiled the surface. I then set about blocking up the large opening between the cellar and the large barn and pointing the stonework.