Ripping out the first floorplanks’

After knocking down all the interior walls, we were so anxious to see the double volume which we were planning into our  house that we thought we would just rip out one floorplank and one ceiling plank to have  a clean view from top to bottom. Did it stay by only one plank?  No. Of course not! The opening was too small to really see and we are far too greedy. Our excitement got the better of us. One plank became two, and then three and before we knew it, several planks were ripped out in the floor and the ceiling and there we stood like stargazers on a dark cloudless night; staring upwards.

…ripping up floorplanks…

ripping up floorplanks 3not light work!

It was great seeing the double volume! Still hight on excitement, we ran right down to the cellar(where we carried out so much dirt!) and once again bent our necks backwards to be impressed by the height of the double volume. We were impressed. Wonderfully high! Open and spacious. Streams of light filtering in through the roof windows.

…looking through to the beams into the opened up attic in the roof…

opening up to the roof 1

…view from the cellar and looking through (which was) the first floor into the roof…

opening up to the roof 5

…standing down below in the cellar, which will become the ground floor living area…

under the ripped up floorplanks(in the old cellar)

I could envision life when it will all be done. Until I bent my neck back into normal position and my brain switched on again, pushing reality to the fore, focusing my eyes on the chaos still waiting. Not one for extravagant optimism, I removed myself from the reality staring me in the face and drove off in our Peugeot bleu for a coffee in town, cruelly leaving the rest of the team-my husband and our two daughters- to deal with reality… It helped.

And to end this episode, like every day here At Coin Perdu: never does a day end without a moment of beauty or inspiration somewhere, making us realize again that all the sweat and hard work is worth it.

…inspiration…

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4 responses

  1. Wow, definitely worthwhile to look at that ceiling! And just imagine how many beautiful cupboards, shelves, etc. are you going to build with those nice planks!

    August 21, 2009 at 11:37 am

  2. annie

    Looking at the work ahead is always overwhelming but that wood is so gorgeous, that large space so wonderful. And as butterflyhands pointed out, what beautiful shelves and cupboards those planks will make–you’ll have a one-of-a-kind house.
    annie

    August 22, 2009 at 2:48 am

  3. this will be so rewarding in the end, love love love high ceilings 🙂

    August 22, 2009 at 11:24 am

  4. I absolutely LOVE high (but am having trouble with my aircon for exactly that reason!)

    August 22, 2009 at 8:21 pm

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