Le trou arrive!
Busy day today - the second 2 metre lintel will not be available until Monday; and we have found that our angle grinder, for cutting the stonework cleanly to take the door frame, is broken beyond repair. On looking at the stonework David decides that we do not need the second lintel to open up the full gap, but we do need that angle grinder - so, a visit to our trusty suppliers, Bompart in Carmaux provides a very magnificant, powerful Makita angle grinder .... so, off we go and the start of knocking through the wall completely is achieved quite quickly:
But the work slows down as there is a lot of stone to remove, first of working from the centre, and then using the angle grinder to cut the stonework cleanly on the edges where the door frame will be fitted - from the photo below right you can see the sliced edges of the stone that has been cut with the grinder:
...... and gradually the 'hole' develops into a 'door shape':
There is a lot of stone, adding to our pile; and a great deal of dust, particularly from the angle grinder - very fine dust which covers everything and takes a very long time to clean up. BUT- by the end of the day we have a doorway!!
We can begin to see how this will flood light into the new room and give views over the hills to Lacapelle Pinet village. Now we have to open up the big window on the opposite (eastern) side of the barn.
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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