It was delightful to be working in France again, especially in Normandy. A previous client from 2011-2012 contacted us and said that it was ‘an unusual building.’ That was an understatement! The challenges for Mark involved taking a building from the 1400s that had not been lived in for a significant amount of time and essentially building a new 21st Century house within the old walls.
Nothing was straight or even, there were no internal walls, and the future house consisted of one large open room on the ground floor and a matching open space upstairs when we arrived in November of 2016. After 7 months of hard work, the house now has 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a huge open kitchen-dining-living space, and the parents’ suite of rooms also includes an office and a dressing room. And that’s JUST on the left side of the conjoined buildings.
Once the owners are ready for another round of renovations, the red brick 1800s house will eventually have a pass through into the newly built house. That wing has another 4 bedrooms and a comfortable living space.
This was a massive undertaking in a very compressed time period. But it has now become a lovely family home that will last for generations.
The section on the left is the construction zone — built in the 1400s. The section on the right is the 1800s addition and that is where we are currently living. Mark’s commute to work consists of walking out our front door, expresso in hand, and over to the next door. Good, eh?
Mark is in the FINAL WEEK here in Calvados — and it’s going to be down to the wire since the owners move in next weekend — 7 days from now!
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