Expand their vacation home located on the island of Oleron and enjoy the garden in all seasons, such were the goals of the family Dubé, heir to a little piece of paradise!
Built in the heart of nature, the house now has a yard of 14 m2 and a cozy living room, well heated in winter...
This former winery, purchased by our reader's grandfather in the 1950s, has been transformed into a holiday home after undergoing various modifications. Last, the construction of an extension to replace a shed in sheet metal which was offi ce garage and storeroom. "My father, who inherited this house, wanted to improve the garage and add a room to create a living room. His goal was also to build a yard to eat outside even when it rains.says Franck Dubé. The work began in the summer: "We poured the foundations and the screeds using a small cement mixer. Then we removed the sheet metal facades one after the other to erect walls in blocks... "
After casting a concrete screed inside the old sheet metal garage, the slab of the future terrace is made in the wake: disbanding, setting up formwork boards, hedgehog and laying welded mesh tablecloths...
The installation of load-bearing walls made of 20 cm concrete blocks (15 cm for non-load-bearing walls) is done in parallel with the removal of the sheet metal facades, according to weekends or short holidays. "The roof of the garage consisted of two" pieces "of sheet metal. Part was cut and rested and slightly offset to advance the 1 m roof. The garage was not really out of water, but it did not contain anything important... "
All the walls in blocks are mounted and completely dry. "This is the last phase, from which we will have to break everything to complete the extension. The rest of the work will last one summer month. "
"The house could not stay open between jobs. So at the weekend, we removed a piece of sheet metal and we went up rows of blocks, to leave it closed while leaving... "
A covered terrace with barbecue
The extension extends over part of the contiguous garage, whose sheet walls are now masonry: "It is smaller on the ground than the old one, but much more spacious thanks to its height under ceiling. A painted concrete floor replaces the clay. " The yard encountered only one problem: "To realize the lintel of the garage door, we could not set up the chaining in one go, because it would have involved putting struts, and thus leave the place without a door for at least 15 days to dry concrete. So we prefabricated this lintel on the ground, pouring concrete - dry after 1 month - in reinforced concrete blocks. Then we put it and connected to the chaining of the extension. She weighed at least 150 kg... The door was laid that evening! "says Franck Dubé. The terrace is embellished with a brick built masonry refractory bricks that can also bring heat. "Last goal, we plan eventually to equip the yard with mosquito nets because the island is often invaded by insects. Eating outside in the summer becomes almost impossible at nightfall... " says our reader.
Father and son put in place the sand pit of the yard. Securely anchored in the slab, the corner post is equipped with an adjustable steel foot that offers the advantage of isolating it from the ground. It is adjusted by screwing and unscrewing.
With the summer begin the big work on the roof. "We just removed the roof of the left side that covers the future living room, the right side corresponding to the garage has remained in place, it will serve us as scaffolding. We had to practice a hole in the roof for the passage of the pinion, while retaining some of the cover! "
"To locate the ridge of the pinion, we screwed a long board in a wall, which allowed us to tighten a line. A technique that does not fall within the rules of the art, but works! "
The sheet metal roof removed, the new wall is higher than the existing one of about 1 m. A lintel is supported for the creation of an opening. Finishing side, all woodwork will be painted blue in the style of the fishermen's houses of the region.
The assembly of the masonry duct of the barbecue took place without difficulties.
It only remains to adjust the hat!
"The work was done with the family for two years, mainly on weekends and during short holidays. "
After rafting, the vault (in fact 13 mm thick treated fir paneling) is painted blue and then nailed to the frame. His painting on the ground was done with a spray gun on both sides.
The frame was made in two parts, living room and garage side, depending on availability of each. Each failure consists of two boards screwed (2 x 35 mm).
Father and son lay the roof in canal tiles (the scaffolding is on the right side of the facade, but a harness and a lifeline are highly recommended for this type of work). They will come back to install a roof window by depositing some tiles.
New vacations, and everyone rolls up their sleeves to paint the underside of purlins, matching the woodwork and door frames.
The double wall chimney flue is new. "We made the hat in sheet metal, using a metal bender, which cost us 20 €, instead of 600 to 800 €. " The cap is adjustable thanks to threaded rods!
In the living room, comfort and warmth in winter are a priority. "We bought a suspended steel chimney 500 € approximately, on the Boncoin.fr. She did not go through the door, she was forced to bring her out the window! "
A simple and aesthetic decor. Our reader has made a decorative facing at the back of the chimney: a 1.20 x 2.50 m, degreased steel sheet, on which is sprayed acid to force the metal to rust. Activated by successive waterings, the rust is then stabilized by a special metal varnish.
Aged finishes like oyster huts
To give the extension a cachet and harmonize with the local style, the walls are covered with light gray stained autoclave pine cladding, which gives it the appearance of an oyster hut. Inside, the walls are insulated with glass wool (20 cm), covered with plasterboard (BA 13) and paneled with an aged gray finish. The floor is simply tiled. "The living room is well insulated from the rest of the old house... We have also installed a large fireplace, bought used", says Franck Dubé. As for the furniture, it is simple and functional. "One of the old wooden sofas was passed through the pressure washer until the wood cracks, then my mother painted it in light gray. My grandmother has sewn all the cushions! " The time has finally come to enjoy a real holiday: "In addition to being a summer lounge, it is now a refuge room that can be transformed into a bedroom and dining room in winter. " For a total budget of less than € 5,000...