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.

We Made It – 5.2.2

After all our transport troubles, we didn’t get much time at the house this visit. As always, the progress continues, and we are excited afresh each time.

The Roof Begins – 6.0

The roof has begun. We learn more than usual in our latest site meeting. Details about tiles, electrics, and the telephone connection all become clear.

Starting the Roof – 6.0.1

Less than a week after our last house visit, we were back for a site meeting with the project manager. The roof trusses, which were waiting on site last week, are now up, and it is an amazing transformation.

Progress Week 19 – 6.1

Watch a short video showing the house progress between week 18 and week 19.

Electric Decisions – 6.0.2

As the builders prepare to start work on the inside of the house, we have another round of decisions to make. At the top of the list: electrics.

Windows, Doors, and Water Tight – 7.0

With two invoices since our last visit, we expected windows and doors. What we found was much more. The house is now water tight and the garden is blooming.

Progress Week 21 – 7.1

Watch a short video showing the house progress between week 19 and week 21.

Tile, Shops, and Tile Shops – 7.2

We stayed in Vichy after the last house meeting. Once again return to the tile shop to tackle the floors and bathroom wall choices. Disappointed, we explore what options other shops in Vichy have to offer.

Windows, Doors, and a Key – 7.0.1

From the outside, our house is really a house now, complete with windows, doors, and a roof. Inside, it is still a shell, but that won’t last long. The internal walls should be going in, and we’ll soon be able to see how the rooms fit together.

Yet More Tiles – 7.3

We visit tiles stores in Lyon and learn more about what we like and do not like. At last we discover a couple of sets of tiles that we are happy with.