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The Interior

The Interior

Downstairs Walls & Ceiling

Lining the walls
With the floor laid and cabling in place the walls could be drylined and the ceiling could be put into place. We did consider the possibility of trying to keep the walls visible to add some character to the interior but because of the age of the stone, and the fact that there was no insulation we took the builders advice and decided we'd have to line them.

The walls were first cleaned then a metal framework was attached. Thick insulating material was then added and the plasterboard was then screwed on to the framework. Cabling for the electrics was put in at the same time - and it's not easy at such an early stage deciding exactly where you want lights and sockets to go!    more ...
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The Interior

Upstairs Walls & Ceiling

The beams upstairs
Once the downstairs walls were complete it was time to move upstairs and get the walls and ceiling in there. We were very lucky to have some beautiful beams in the roof which we were keen to leave displayed. However when I managed to get upstairs shortly before the ceiling was about to go in I noticed that the supports for the ceiling were all at the same level, covering the beams up! Luckily I managed to have a word before any more progress was made and you can see the results in this album.

We also now have all the internal walls in place upstairs, showing the size of the bedrooms and the bathroom. The bedrooms are even a little bigger than we had envisaged them!    more ...
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The Interior

Painting & Flooring

Ready for the tiles
With all the 'building' complete February saw the first coats of paint go on the walls upstairs and downstairs. We've gone for white as it will make the most of the light in the building, and it will allow to add 'accents' of colour with decorations.

With painting complete we were also able to start getting the tiles laid. We've gone for some large ceramic floor tiles in a creamy brown colour (don't know the actual name of it!) for the ground floor and we hope they offer a bit of contrast but not be too dark.

Upstairs we've gone for a wood parquet to be a bit 'warmer'. The walls remain white.    more ...
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Kitchen and Electrics

Kitchen in development
The space for the kitchen was clearly defined when the walls went up. It wasn't until late April 2011 that the first cabinets went in and it was then a rush to get out and buy all the equipment for it. We've gone for solid wood doors and worktops to keep the rustic feeling for the Gîte. We hope, once everything is in place, that we will be able to fit in a small table in the kitchen as a 'breakfast bar' type arrangement.

Whilst we had our own house rewired we sought the advice of our electrician about the configuration of the electrics for the Gîte. As a result we ran a three-phase cable across which, whilst we are only using single-phase at present, gives us the option of increasing the power should we need to.    more ...
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The Interior

Staircase

The Stairs in place
We had to add stairs to the gîte as this part of the original building didn't have any stairs at all. Originally there were stairs in the games room (you can still see the mark on the wall) and then you could go through upstairs from one part to the other.

With the ceilings being so high we had to have the staircase custom-made. We decided to go for something a little modern - with a mix of wood and metal as we felt that an all wood staircase would have been a bit boring.

We think the designer has done a great job in putting together something stylish which also manages to climb pretty high in quite a small space - without taking too much space in the living area.    more ...
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