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.

25.0.1 – Painting Every Day

Since our last update we have moved and been kept busy painting.

25.0 – The House is Ours

We met the builder for the final meeting. The house is no longer a building site and the keys are all ours.

24.0.1 – The (Almost But Not Quite) End

This was to have been our last meeting with the builder. The meeting where everything is signed off and they change the locks and give us the keys. Except it wasn’t.

24.0 – List of Problems

We meet the builder for the last scheduled meeting with a list of problems in hand.

23.0 – Orbital Pole Sander

Sanding continues. We have added an orbital pole sander to the mix and are making better progress.

22.0 – Sanding and Painting Plaster Board / Drywall

We have begun patching, sanding, and painting the plaster board/drywall. We started with a test wall before moving onto painting an entire room. Along the way we decide that two coats of under coat/primer are required.

21.1.1 – Time to Work

We are rapidly approaching the time when the builders' work will be done and our work will begin. So many of the finishings are going on now.

21.0 – Differences in Expectations

The build is coming to a close and this was our most intense meeting so far. The differences between our expectations and those of the French trades comes to the fore.

20.2.1 – The Painting Begins

We have started painting. There has been plenty of work for us to do throughout the house build process, but most of it has primarily involved designing and deciding. Painting is our first big get-your-hands-dirty task.