After the end of Stage 4 we have three weeks before the Stage 5 starts. There has been a bit of final coat painting to be done and we have now completed this. But the main thing has to get the tiling done - as Stage 5 will need this to be completed so the woodwork ... the skirting and the interior doors ... can be fixed. We sourced some tiles in Carmaux at a very good price and checked that these were anti-slip and would be suitable to take the weight of large wheelchairs. The tile shop recommended a 'macon carrelage' who turned up the following day to have a look, provided a quotation within 24 hours, which we agreed, and he started work the Monday of this week. He has been working woith a colleague, turning up at 8.30am each morning, we give them a coffee and off they go .... they have bought their own microwave oven and they sit down for half-an-hour and have a hot lunch and then put in a full afternoon's work. Their work has been meticulous, putting down a leveling compound, then a webbing material (to prevent movement on the tiles) and finally the tiles, laid in a diamond pattern:
They have said the work will be completed next Wednesday, ready for Stage 4 starting the next week - so, excellent timing. We are very happy with the timing and the standard of the work. We keep on hearing from various 'ex-pats' how poor French workmanship and professionalism is - our experiences over what is now 30 years of having houses in France that need work doing is completely the opposite ... we have had excellent value, high quality workmanship, accurate quotations and work always completed on time ... so, why should that be?
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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