It was a few years after moving to France when we started looking for land to build a house in France. Now, the house is a home and we are settled.

This was our space to record that process (for ourselves) and to share it with friends and family across the world.

Going Up ā€“Ā 3.0.1

A national strike made getting to Vichy complicated, but we made it, and got to see the walls for the first time.

Another Visit, Another Strike ā€“Ā 3.0.2

Our last house visit plans were thrown into chaos by a national strike. It was a last minute scramble to reschedule and reorganise everything to get there. Now, four weeks on, and another strike is threatening to upset our plans again.

Denied Dessert ā€“Ā 4.0

Two national train strikes alter our plans and we spent the night in Vichy. Our fourth site meeting and lots of progress to show you.

The Basement is Done ā€“Ā 4.0.1

Our meeting with the project manager and bricklayer was longer and more detailed this week. It had been a month since the last meeting, so there was a lot of progress to cover. The walls of the basement are now done, and they have poured the concrete floor. They expect to start the second floor next week.

Progress Day 3 ā€“Ā 1.3

Watch a short video showing the house progress between when we found the land and 3 days after building began.

Happy for Rain ā€“Ā 4.0.2

Iā€™m sure few people building a house are pleased to see rain forecast. Rain on building sites tends to mean delays. Iā€™m not hoping for rain, but when I checked the weather forecast and saw a few showery days ahead for Vichy, I smiled.

Progress Day 5 ā€“Ā 1.4

Watch a short video showing the house progress between days 3 and 5 of the build.

Suddenly a Ceiling Appears ā€“Ā 4.2

We visited the building site by ourselves and discovered a ceiling has been added to the basement. We expected concrete supports but not the floor slab to have been poured.

An Enclosed Space ā€“Ā 4.2.1

Our latest visit to the house was just for fun. There was no meeting with the project manager, we just wanted to see it.

First Time Upstairs ā€“Ā 5.0

The first floor has appeared. For the first time we got to see the views from our windows. This was only our fifth meeting with builder on-site.