When we renovated in Paris I was there every single day, most the time inside the apartment watching the hunks do their thing. But this renovation it is not possible to stay inside as the work is more intense, the space is smaller (though the same size as Paris) because it is on three floors, and the stairs no longer exist because they were torn out so we could access the each floor with one singular stair case.
But the main reason I am not in the apartment ... INCREDIBLE DUST!
The apartment is on three floors, here you can see two of the floors.
They ripped out the walls, for the stairs, and also because I thought it would be better to see the roof line, and have the loft open verses closed in by a wall. The top floor we will extend so the room will be larger too.
Question: Can we make the skylight larger? No. There are strict historical monument codes in Cassis. Nothing on the outside of the building can be changed. This code came into practice no so long ago...
A hole was cut out to access the bottom floor. On Facebook I added a video, showing the floor being cut out.
So far the renovation team has carried out seven tons of debris. They had to carry the debris in buckets as the stairs access the building are too steep and narrow to do otherwise.
This is the top floor, or as I call it the bedroom. The wall in front was removed and the roof line exposed for more light and to have a open feel. The guard rail was were the ladder came up, that will be removed as well. The stairs will come up on the other side.
The stairs use to come up under the toilet. There was a tiny entrance where the rubble is piled. A tiny entrance equals a truck load of rubble. How many buckets did it take to unload it downstairs?
Oh please name this photo!
When we bought this apartment, the first thing we knew we had to do, was figure out the stairs. We had a suspicion that when we removed the old unusable stairs that we would find a problem, and we did. The two main beams in the apartment, one of them under the stairs, had been cut and did not reach the wall! YIKES! Also the other beam was cut in half so the toilet could fit underneath the stairs. YIKES Again!
Needless two old oak beams were purchased and hauled upstairs... a feat for Hercules!!
Photos of that tomorrow.
We are off to a good start.
The other question many of you have asked is can we make the windows larger? No we cannot as the outside cannot be changed.
If you have any questions or want to see a detail of whatever, let me know in the comment section and I will try my best to answer you.