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From this old part of a farmhouse, only the four walls remained. A colossal site that did not scare our reader, Jean-Marc Vaillard. The renovated place is now a home where life is good.

Renovation of a farm house by private individuals

restoration of an old farm

Our reader had long been keen to revive an old building. It remained to find the building that would suit both his project and his budget.
His research leads him to the discovery of a part of farm abandoned: "The main building was in very bad condition, but there was a small house next door.The owner insisted that I visit it. were healthy, I bought it... My friends thought me crazy! "
Because if he is handyman, Jean-Marc Vaillard has no specific expertise in shell.
What does it matter?I realized everything except cover and electricity for safety reasons. "After clearing and demolition, he undertakes structural work.
First the masonry with the resumption of the walls, the realization of the entrance and the consolidation of the lintels: "We have a good load of scrap metal".
Another element of structural work, the realization of the reinforced concrete slab on the ground floor: "I obviously provided a ground insulation and set up all the networks."
"I did the work in two years, including weekends and vacations, it took me a long time to clear the inside and the outside, and my dad helped me and my brother a lot. "

a farm to restore completely

At purchase: no water, no electricity, dirt floors, floor floors made of old planks where hay and seeds are stored. It took a good dose of imagination to project into this building.

a farm in Franche-Comté renovated in house

We are in Franche-Comté and the old farms have a big hold on the ground. Our reader bought the adjoining part of the main building, including a shed. The limestone walls are of good quality.

put a house out of water

First step: put the house out of water. Roof and frame were in very bad condition.
The purlins and rafters have been removed and replaced. As with most construction sites of this size, the use of a hoist makes work easier.

enlarge a stone window

A little demolition: the enlargement of the window overlooking the old shed that will eventually access the terrace.

attach lintels

Consolidation work is important: "We have stiffened the whole structure, especially with the installation of the lintels, including a wall of blocks against the existing façade wall in which we poured concrete". The floor of the mezzanine, plays a role of bracing. Made with three solid beams, it also participates in the strengthening of the building.

floor construction

The floor consists of joists laid at regular intervals, on which are fixed joists that support the chipboard. A hopper is provided to allow the installation of the future staircase. From the living room, it leads to this mezzanine space.

build a false ceiling

The ceiling height on the second floor being very important, Jean-Marc Vaillard realizes a false ceiling: "It consists of rafters assembled mainly using hooves and metal brackets, the whole being stiffened by OSB plates."

Renovation of wood and stone

Construction continues with insulation, floor floors, partitions, plumbing and interior finishes.
On the floor, our reader retains, when it can, the existing beams to realize the floor of the mezzanine to the first, as well as the floor of the second floor where he planned to arrange two rooms.
Insulation and partitioning remain classic: mineral wool - "20 cm roofing" - covered by a vault and plasterboard implemented on a metal frame. Classics still, some internal walls in stone were left exposed, in the living room in particular.
The joints were dug and then reconstituted with a mixture of sand and lime applied to the cat's tongue. More original, all interior woodwork, doors, railings, kitchen furniture, closets or stairs, were designed and made to measure by the father of Jean-Marc Vaillard.
Special mention for the three stairs in solid oak: "at the exit of the workshop, they were set up almost without adaptation".
"Retired, my father has a passion for woodworking - a great help for interior design!"

to make his eaves with visible beams

Some exposed beams and stone jointed with a tile, your stone, large, more contemporary.
Heating side, a pellet stove is enough to heat the ground floor and the two floors.

oak staircase

The father of our reader has designed and realized three different oak staircases: quarter turn, right and step in Japanese.

step staircase

"The staircase with Japanese steps saves space and avoids too much influence ". During its installation, it was decided to "delete the handrail to save space".

build a garage

The garage not attached, is designed as if it were a small house. Our reader takes a liking to masonry: earthworks, excavation, foundation and slab, assembly of blocks, realization of jambs...

install formwork blocks

Important step, the installation of the formwork blocks to the right of the lintels. Once the blocks are in place, our drive will reinforce and pour the concrete dosed at 350 kg / m3.

construction of a timber frame

Framing, relatively simple given the size of the building, consists of five failures: two sanders, two intermediaries and a ridge.

tile cover

As for the house, the cover is made with a large wave mold tile.
On the courtyard side, a door facilitates access to the garage. It only remains to extend the terrace and to plaster!

creating a faux wood terrace

Between the garage and the house, our reader has created a composite wood deck.
The blades are fixed with stainless steel clips on the joists, themselves placed on concrete pads.

wooden trellis

A little final touch: a trellis wood slats, a pergola to materialize the entrance terrace and a lattice attached to the wall separation.
"Even if there are still some exterior landscaping, the work is almost done, I'm very proud to have it all done again."

Lay out the outside of the house

The outside of the house is also transformed with the grouting of exposed stones, including framing of bays and at the corner chaining. And it's not over! Work continues with the construction of a concrete block separation wall, a two-car garage and a terrace.
The latter is built in place of the old lean-to, between the garage and the entrance of the house. The roadside garage for easy access benefits from a classic construction mode for this type of building: concrete foundations, breeze block walls, traditional roof structure and tiled roofing.
For the terrace, our reader makes the choice of wide blades made of composite wood, which does not miss trumps: they are stable, anti-slip, durable and do not fear the cleaning high pressure.

What to do with building rubble

Renovation work sometimes leads to significant production of rubble.
Two options to get rid of it: the hiring of bucket or the dump.

  • The bucket is a practical solution but can represent a significant cost. If the dumpster is stored on the street, do not forget to ask permission from your town hall.
  • In waste disposal, according to the regulations, you may be asked to sort the rubbish according to whether they are inert (stones, concrete blocks, bricks, etc.) or not (plaster rubble, plasterboard, wood, etc.). Also beware of materials containing asbestos. These require the use of a specialized company to remove and evacuate.


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