What Remains

Elle ne rit plus

After a day of noise aplenty, this evening is extremely quiet. Even the pigeons have packed up and left

Downstairs is now a full-on building site, and barely feels like our house at all

That’s OK. I know there has to be a time like this, when there is less house than there was – literally, as we are three walls down from my last visit. Numerous pickups loaded with rubble from the false walls and the huge stash of charbonne have been a sobering reminder that there are some things best entrusted to the ‘better equipped’ than we are. We could not have done this part of the work

Newspapers show that the last time anyone lit a fire here was January 1973. Makes sense

The house is temporarily without radiators, and the hallways are suddenly broad and impressive. Every single pipe of any sort in the house has been cut with an angle grinder. Plus, the sink, the bidet and the disgusting laughing toilet are all gone

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‘Elle ne rit plus’**

** That’s the last of the toilet humour, I promise

The defunct monster boiler and fuel tank have been removed, as well as three monolithic cookers of various weights and ages, two of which were up on the second floor and required huge effort to move. There is a double bed wedged into the top staircase at the moment, yet somehow that doesn’t seem important. The air is thick with dust and I have retreated to let it settle overnight

But I feel that it has been well worth coming down for this. There is now a definite commitment on both sides and stuff is happening

There will be a bathroom of sorts this summer. And a (relatively) clean area to make toast and coffee until we get a kitchen built

Feels good. Feels really good

Author: poshbirdy

Art deco/ art nouveau maniac enjoying a deep and meaningful relationship with alcohol

10 thoughts on “What Remains”

  1. Best of luck with it! We did something similar ten years ago. It is really exciting to be at a point when things are cleared out. Look forward to seeing how it all comes together

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  2. Most of our house projects began with some wall – or part of some wall coming down. I remember the incredible amount of rubble that had to be toted away and the way the dust kept settling for weeks on end afterwards. But it was all worth it. The house -and its inhabitants – were opened up and freed.

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  3. Bravo! What a fantastic achievement and I am thrilled to hear that the house is so clearly willing to be led into the fitting room to be kitted out in the elegant style which you are so clearly going to give her!

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  4. I’ve only ever encountered one room being gutted and taken back to basics which was frightening enough so a whole house would be very scary. You must feel as if you’ve taken on such a lot but I have two friends who have both lived in what could only have been described as building sites and they both came out the other end (relatively) sane.

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