By Clive Kristen, David Johnson

ISBN-10: 1845280687

ISBN-13: 9781845280680

ISBN-10: 1848031742

ISBN-13: 9781848031746

This paintings is an enthralling and informative account of renovating a estate in France. if you happen to fall in love good judgment flies out of the window. this can be the way it was once for David and Doris Johnson after they came upon a down-at-heel mini chateau within the heartland of France. a 3 12 months recovery all started - and with it a trip of discovery. French estate specialist Clive Kristen used to be interested in the topic instantly. this can be the fun and tutorial tale of the Johnson's recovery, written to aid others eager to embark all alone French upkeep.

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With a property very obviously in need of TLC it is easy for the vendor to argue that all faults, however drastic, are already reflected in the price. It then comes down to whether you want to pull out of the deal or not and that remains an emotional decision, albeit an informed one. So, in practice, it often comes down to how much you can trust your builder. Or, in our case how much we could trust the estate 30 4 - Formalities agent who recommended the builder. The important thing seemed to be that Kevin was registered.

Then look for bulges in the walls or anything out of true. ' 'And look for damp patches. It could mean that there may be loose or cracked joints in the stonework; when the pointing comes away, the damp goes in. Our worst enemy is ivy. You know that the roots are going to pull out whatever they can and you can't tell how bad things are until you cut it back. I've seen walls collapse when the ivy is cut. ' 'I have known Brits who look at an old roof- all bulgy and uneven - and think it is part of the charm of the property.

That's good news. It helps with air flow - cuts out damp and stops the joists from rotting. So let's go upstairs. We may not be able to see much of the roof joists - they'll be hidden by more floorboards, but we'll do our best. ' We followed him cautiously up the rickety stairs. 'We'll need some new treads here,' he said, 'don't worry, that's nothing. And yes, I was right, we can't see the roof timbers because of the boards. But look at the size of the beams going up. Know why that is? In the old days they used to shovel in buckets of earth as 26 3 - The Builder insulation.

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