Once we’d got the gîte blockwork up to door lintel height we started the stone cladding on the exterior, using the standard lime mortar.The pale whitish coloured faced stones are new—bought from one of the local stone merchants, sized, cut and dressed to order. Usually need to count on paying around €80 per running metre, so framing a double door opening runs at about €300. The old concrete block wall was soon to come down so that we could prepare the ‘hourdis’ on which the first floor cement slab would be poured.
The image below shows the gîte end of the property a few weeks later when we’d demolished the concrete-block wall, and taken off a lot more roof. By this stage we’d tidied up the west side transverse wall and cemented in a reinforced concrete beam along the top. This would support the end of the concrete support beams for the upper floor structure.The final image shows the same area but taken in the opposite direction, from the gîte towards the main house—the area still roof covered will eventually my the main lounge.