The last couple of days have been so busy, there has scarcely been time to take photographs - it has been a 'door-making production line' .... from sanding the rough wood from the sawmills, to David measuring up each of the new doorways, making the frames and then constructing and hanging each door:
We have used a traditional 'barn-style' of door for these internal doors, with hinges and catches that are modern, but that match the antique ones in the main house. On the main internal entrance to the new sitting/dining room we have re-used an ancient door taken from the older part of the main house - this required changing the hinges and catch mechanism from one side to the other .... but we really like the look of it:
We have almost completed the larder - with shelving taken from the rough-cut cedar, which we have 'rag-painted' to show the grain of the wood. There is now plenty of shelving, room for the freezer, and we have retained the cattle trough and filled that in ... to make a 'cold bench': Just the lighting to add now:
And we have started to look for some furniture - in particular a dresser and 'buffet'. We found a very splendid dresser, made of lighter-coloured wood than the 'usual', darker pieces that are more traditional, and also a three-seater 'bench' that is in the 'Provencal style that will be used with the large oak dining table we will bring in from the kitchen; and we have also found a little nursing chair that also uses the same wood tones:
Now David starts work on completed the 'boxing in' of the surrounds of the external and internal french doors, again using the cedar that we have used throughout:
And a certain party is beginning to register his place in the new room!:
Simon lives at Nichoir, Le Bruel, with his wife Noella. They moved here in May 2013, with their Newfoundland dog, Oska, and their cat, Snufkin. Together they have set out on an adventure to create what they hope will be home from home for family and a rather special Chambres D'Hotes for guests.
Simon & Noella Mauger, 'Nichoir', Le Bruel, 81340 Lacapelle Pinet, TARN, France