Florelle and Benjamin Hamon are owners of this house dating back to 1841, for several years. This construction, partly in the form of a pool, a mixture of stacked raw earth and vegetable or animal fibers, is their first acquisition. "The house, inhabited on a surface of 33 m2 by a senior, had neither sanitary nor heating. So we decided to redo everything », explains our reader.
A collective project
"I am a body painter and I learned to tinker with my parents-in-law, and without them and the help given by our friends we would never have been able to carry out this project."
With the help of his relatives, the couple armed with courage and a communicative energy embarked on work that lasted two years.
"From plans drawn by my wife, we defined the location of the openings. Then we broke all the interior, including concrete slabs of different levels, and remove the parts in poor condition. "
"I'm a body painter and I learned to tinker with my in-laws. Without them and the help given by our friends, we could never have completed this project. "
After demolishing the 60 cm thick stone walls to create openings, Benjamin Hamon prepares concrete to consolidate the walls and make the lintels.
The wall delimiting the yard of the house and the garden is being demolished. "He was blocking us to install our construction trailer, which housed all the equipment. "
Florelle handles the puncher like a pro. "The earth floor was disbursed to a depth of 30 cm to bring everything up to level and create a self-leveling concrete slab. "
The whole family is involved to carry out this major project. Romain, Florelle's brother, and Solenn, a friend, distribute in the garden the earth resulting from the demolition of the interior walls.
"We worked evenings and weekends. After work, I went to the job site, until 22 or 23 hours. We really took the time to arrange because we wanted everything to be finished for the children... "
The frame completely refurbished
Once the interior is "clean", the family gets involved with the framing and roofing work. First step and first surprise: the demolition of the frame was more difficult than expected. "We knew that the cover had to be redone and some breakdowns to replace. But we realized that the farms were old and fragile. One of them was downright broken... which forced us to refurbish everything. " After the repair of the water and electricity networks, the insulation of the walls and the installation of drywall proceeded without difficulty. It must be said that this is the third renovation undertaken by the couple and the in-laws of our reader. Only difference with the other projects: "My wife got pregnant shortly before buying the house, but that did not stop her from participating in the work. " One of the gables originally had a window of 90 x 1.30 m which was transformed into a wide window door overlooking the courtyard. With a surface area of 92 m2 on the ground, the building now includes, on the ground floor, a lounge, a dining room, a kitchen and laundry room and a bathroom; the floor hosts four bedrooms, a mezzanine with an office area and a small piece of water. "It's like a new house, except we kept the old walls! " summarizes our reader.
The original structure is entirely deposited. The laying of the slate roof of Spain, held on the stairs with hooks, is carried out in the wake of the brother-in-law of Benjamin Hamon, roofer.
The insulation of the walls begins with the installation of the metal frame, composed of rails and uprights.
It is made of glass wool 20 cm thick. in the attic
Located near the house, this partly renovated outbuilding (water supply and electricity, slab) is used as a garage. "We will make a floor and renovate the facade joints with lime. " The original well is convenient for watering the garden...
The original beams in good condition are cleaned by Mireille, the mother of Florelle, who is on all fronts!
The gable and extension are completely renovated (coated for one, repointing and stone for the other). "We chose aluminum joinery, and created a skylight on the floor to bring light into our room." The existing window surrounds, in agglo with a cement lintel, have been replaced by wooden cladding.
At the back of the house overlooking the garden, "We created an opening 3.20 m wide and 2.60 m high, demolishing the wall to the roof to prevent the fall of the piece of wall remaining. My mother-in-law, a professional cook, went up the wall with the original stones... "
After disassembly and reinforcement, the concrete of the slab of the terrace is "pulled" to the rule. "To make the slabs of the house and the terrace, we used more than 15 m3 of concrete. Impressive! "
The ground being higher than the terrace, the father-in-law of our reader realizes a low wall which allows at the same time to delimit the spaces and to retain the ground.
"It's my mother-in-law who made all the masonry! " She dresses here the basement of the only gable built in blocks (by the old owners), with stones of recovery.
Thanks to a roof window, Amaury's room is bathed in light...
In the dining room, the original paneled ceiling was removed to leave exposed oak beams. "Two bastaings were replaced by beams recovered in the laundry room. " The standard exotic wood staircase has been cut to fit the ceiling height.
Bay with brick partition for the future veranda
At the back of the house, to have a living room overlooking the terrace and the garden, our reader has installed a large bay window. Optimizing natural light thanks to its sliding leaves that disappear in the thickness of the wall when they open, this type of joinery offers another advantage: "If one day we want to create a veranda, we can open the entire living room without modifying the back cover. In addition, four roof windows replace the gerberries in the old attic. As for decoration, the family wanted a country-style interior. Original wooden beams, stone wall cladding and interior lime plaster have pride of place. "We could have entered the house before, but we realized the terrace which was not a necessity. Our parents-in-law accommodated us during the construction... When we returned, everything was done, even to the paintings. I only had to put the chandeliers and feet under the table! And we are ready to start again. "
The living room opens onto a beautiful tiled terrace of 35 m2, thanks to a bay window with brick partition. The briquette window recess (small window) is original.