Restoration – opening up for windows to the south.


The restoration process is back in full swing here at Coin Perdu. We have actually become quite the pro’s  now in the rhythm and routine of logically  advancing the process. Well, to be completely honest, I’ve stepped aside more and more and leaving my poor husband more and more to himself in the grit and grout of restoration. But he doesn’t mind, he tells me every time that I express my guilt….that comes down to almost every day. “This is just not me, I hate this dirt and dust and bruises and scrapes…after all, I am a lady…a least, I’m trying my best  to be a lady!”, is my most uttered phrase. I can see Hartman’s lips shaping each word as I say it.  But I still say it every day. And he still tells me it is OK every day. so from now on, when I say “we” , it actually means “he”. I do other stuff. A lot of other stuff.. But I’ll be sure to use “I” when I talk about that. It is important  stuff too after all.

After ripping up some floor planks, which was before we got into the rhythm of logical restoration thinking, we now started knocking out the south facing wall for large future windows to allow for plenty of light streaming in.

As Hartman knocekd out the south facing wall, taking out the stones one by one, he constructed horizontal wooden beams and pillars to hold it all up temporarily, preventing the whole lot from tumbling down at some time. The permanent beams and pillars will be constructed from concrete later on, which will be hidden by wooden lintels, beams and pillars and enduit.

Almost the whole of the southern wall will become full length windows with wooden outdoor blinds which will swivel to let in light but cut out the direct sun.

The future door of the top floor(bedroom) to the balcony outside.

In the meantime there is also a lot of going back to the plans, reconsidering, changing, rechecking.

And somewhere in between all this breaking down and dust and building beams which Hartman does, I feature also. I provide the coffee en cookies, food,  the cold water and of course, I take the pictures!


5 responses

  1. annie

    Oh, Ronell, those windows are going to be glorious. But what a painstaking job to work with those rocks. And how lucky everyone is to have you and your lushious cooking as well.

    June 13, 2010 at 12:39 am

  2. I can’t wait to see the end result!

    June 13, 2010 at 5:12 pm

  3. It’s looking absolutely wonderful – I love big windows and lots of light :>)

    June 13, 2010 at 9:48 pm

  4. Ronell, oh my goodness! It is going to be absolutely gorgeous when you finish!!! I love lots of light, so large windows are a must.
    Oh, to have a place like that to retreat … I will keep dreaming.
    It looks as though you are providing beautiful food for all that hard work ~ definitely a nice reward.
    Have a glorious weekend~~

    June 17, 2010 at 3:14 pm

  5. ok, I love seeing your progress on this beautiful old building but I think what I love best are those beautiful shrimp on such a delicate china plate!(amid the rubble lol)

    February 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm

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