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.

Small Changes – 12.1.1

Progress on the house has felt slow the last couple of visits. It’s not that things have slowed down, there have actually been a lot of changes, but they are small changes and they don’t have the same feeling of progress as the big changes earlier on.

Concrete Covered Electrics and Plumbing – 13.0

Concrete has been poured over all the tubing. Inside those tubes, encased forever, is our electrical wiring and plumbing. After the meeting, we use our external stairs for the first time and try to coordinate the mains electricity connection.

Progress Week 39 – 13.1

Watch a short video showing the house progress between week 36 and week 39.

Tread Carefully – 13.1.1

The floor inside has been returned to a level surface. All the tubes carrying cables through the house have been covered with a layer of concrete, ready for the insulation and underfloor heating to go on top.

An Unwelcome Lack of Progress – 14.0

For the first time since building began, there has been almost no progress on-site. The electricity connection has progressed but is not complete. No sign of the expected underfloor heating or next layer of insulation.

Little to See – 14.0.1

As we prepared for this site meeting, there was one thing I wanted to know. Would we get to see the underfloor heating?

Underfloor Heating – 15.0

Having endured freezing winters in old French apartments, we delight in seeing the underfloor heating pipes laid in the house. Pipes cover the entire floor of the house and will ensure this will be our last cold winter.

The Most Expensive Optional Extra – 15.0.1

We finally got to see our underfloor heating this visit. I had spoken to the project manager a week before, so I knew they had started it, but we weren’t sure how far along it would be.

Progress Week 43 – 15.1

Watch a short video showing the house progress between week 39 and week 43.

Coloured Render – 16.0

Two significant changes to the house this visit. The coloured external render has begun and looks great. Inside the final layer of concrete has been poured and is drying.