Once we’d scraped out the ground down to foundation level, we could lay out the pipework for the main drainage. The first image shows the trench between the gîte and the fosse septique. There are three 100mm PVC pipes. One is for ‘grey’ water—waste water from all outlets other than the WC, and the Second is for ‘black’ water—or toilet waste, and the Third is for rainwater—collected from the roof via the gutters.
When we finally get around to putting in a swimming pool, we’ll sink in another concrete tank adjacent to it to use as a storage tank for the rainwater from this third pipe. And the next job was to prepare the area for a poured concrete reinforced slab, off which we would start rebuilding the gîte.
This photo was taken in 2005 before we began any renovation. It shows the ruined ‘west’ end of the building, which we soon came to refer to as the gîte end because we planned on having this part as a self-contained small house, albeit still attached to the main property. Continue reading “The ruin end—first steps”→
Here is a photomontage of the house as seen from the south, looking north. I pieced together the image quite a while ago without the use of any image-merging software, but it still gives a good enough impression of the style and state of the building. Continue reading “The House as was—circa 2005”→