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 get on with it! And this fits our tempo for the project perfectly.
They arrived this morning and already have all their tools unloaded, have moved all the furniture and drapes that we’re keeping out of the house, removed all the old radiators, and have the kitchen down to bare walls and it’s not even lunch time yet. We’re waiting on the trash bins now, to keep the flow of throw-away crap on the move. It’s fascinating here in France that they recycle nearly everything. Really nice to know.
And I’ve been trying to recycle as well, by placing ads on English-speaking sites. I have quite a wad of cash so far from folks who could utilize SO many things we had around the house. The pool table went right away, the bookcases were a big hit, and even the used toilet and bidet got several bidders!
Our gardener continues to amaze us with his progress. Sometime through the years when the house was sitting empty and neglected, the shrubs along one side of the house grew enormous. After no response from the owner, the neighbor elected to come over and saw them down. They fell where they fell and have been laying in a huge mess ever since. Christian has been diligently rounding them up and burning them, along with lots of the greener fallout from the pine trees. We couldn’t be happier with his headway.
More progress to report. Today concludes the bead-blasting of the darkened beams in the main room of the Maison d’Amis. That process has been amazing as well. Ran into a struggle with the petrified glue from the carpet on the stairway, but we’ll have to attack that with maybe a heat gun and scraper or maybe sanding will work. But overall, the difference is quite amazing and lightens up the dark little ancient house a lot.