Category Archives: Buying a House in France

Learning Curve At the Brico

Anything Brico is a big box home improvement store—Bricorama, BricoCash, Brico Depot, Mr. Bricolage, Bricomarche… I tend to go armed with my phone and Google Translate, but also with paper and pen. As literal translations from English to French often … Continue reading

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Holy apertures, Batman!

Although personally suffering from what appears to be multiple fall viruses, the work at Le Coudeau continues. We’re forging ahead with our final projects for the property—the outbuildings. We’ve repaired and replaced much of the roofing on the outbuildings. Since deciding … Continue reading

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Going Through the Roof

With all the chaos still going on around here, I was so delighted to find this little colony of Sternbergia lutea that popped up this month. Now if I can just keep the guys from stomping through them! Will need … Continue reading

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Design 101

I promised to bring you along on my Magical Mystery Design Tour and offer a glance inside my process. Now, after looking at thousands, probably more like tens of thousands, well maybe a million different items online (in French), I’ve pulled … Continue reading

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Dig, dig, diggin’ disasters!

I’m certain this post will not be of interest to most of you, as it deals with stinky things underground, but as a testament to our process, I wanted to record our little escapades. When we first viewed the house, … Continue reading

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Bombe, My Ass!

Since some of the rooms are starting to take shape with the drywall installed, I am starting to think about furniture. We bought a bed a while back and can’t wait to sleep in it and get off this gite … Continue reading

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The Tale of Cindy’s Kitchen, Part I

Warning: For those of you NOT interested in my overblown design process and painful detailing, please skip this entry… When we first viewed the house, the kitchen was my least favorite part. It was long and narrow, with dark wood ceilings … Continue reading

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It’s Gotta Get Worse Before It Gets Better

We finally settled on a contractor for the remodel. Due to the lack of urgency from almost every French contractor we dealt with, we signed with a company from Bergerac to come in with a whole crew of Portuguese guys to … Continue reading

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What a Difference a Week Makes…

It’s been a whirlwind of activity since taking possession of the house last week—   We started immediately with the garden. Had a super duper gardener lined up who has absolutely ATTACKED the garden. I’m so thankful, not only for … Continue reading

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Twas the Night Before Signing…

We expected more drama from the seller of the house, but all hell broke loose today. We woke up to a glorious warm sunny morning and decided to visit a truffle market in a neighboring village. Midway through, the phone … Continue reading

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