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Passageway Arch—Gardenside

Arch formwork in the passagefirst stones in placeWe continued working along the back (north-facing) side of the property, building the walls back up to first floor level, so that we could set the “poutrelles” in position to prepare the first floor for the concrete slab.  The passageway between the courtyard and the garden had some ugly concrete blocks supporting a decrepit bit of wood acting as a lintel for all the stone above it. So all this came down and we replaced it with a new cut stone arch. Passageway archIn the large image below left, the future gîte area fills the right-hand side of the photo, and the north-facing facade of the main house ( to the east of this passageway) fills the left-hand side of the photo.

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The Courtyard Wall—Stage 3—2010


At odd times over the year, I continued building up the main wall until the time came to sort out the other side of the Archway in order to put the arch stones in place. They’d been lying around for years—lost count of how many times I’d already moved them! I’d roughly measured the span as they lay on the gravel, but now had to position them exactly so that the exact span could be measured and the formwork constructed.

The original entrance way was wider than the width of the new arch, so I extended the wall on the house side by about a metre, setting in the new postbox as I went. Here I did use a little lime mortar in forming the stone housing around the metal box.

I used OSB (Oriented strand board) to make the form for the arch. After laying out the individual stones in their correct position, the board was jigsawed to shape, a second identical piece cut, and then the two ‘halves’ nailed together with noggin spacers.Arch-Formwork