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26 juillet 2011 2 26 /07 /juillet /2011 21:10

Dear readers,


Chers lecteurs,


Sometimes from a bad experience results something good or "it takes both rain and sunshine to make a rainbow".


Parfois d'un malheur naît quelque chose d'heureux ou "la pluie comme le soleil sont nécessaires pour faire un arc-en-ciel".


Due to major drainage problems, the whole floor of my little fisherman house is being removed, which also means that all the inside walls are gone as well.




It's really hard to think positive when the house is a little more destroyed every time I visit... But it's a necessary phase.


In this chaos, there are some nice surprises.


Il est vraiment difficile de penser positif quand la maison semble un peu plus détruite chaque fois que je m'y rends.




I always hated one of the rooms dowstairs: there is (or rather there was) a very small closet under the stairs where the toilets were.


J'ai toujours détesté les toilettes du bas, situé sous l'escalier. D'abord parce que je trouve qu'ils donnent l'impression d'être au milieu du salon; ensuite parce que le mur "enferme" un peu l'escalier.


I hated that room for two reasons: as it was directly off the living-room, I never used it, nor I never told my guests to go there (I mean who wants the other guests hearing you pee?). Only the upstairs toilets were used. I mean in such a small house how many toilets do you need?

Also, because it was under the stairs, it meant that there was a wall hinding the old staircase.

It's rather common in old houses around here. Imagine if poor Harry Potter had lived in Brittany, his address would have been "the-toilets-under-the-stairs"!




I had already had the idea to get rid of it, but I had thought it would be too complicated. You can see in the below picture that the wall had been built on the last stair.They really had a weird sense of beauty...


La cloison avait été montée sur la dernière marche.




Well, now that all the walls are off anyway, we'll just remove the toilets... which now seem to be in the middle of the living-room! At least there's a place to sit!


Puisque tous les murs ont dû tomber pour refaire la dalle... Autant se débarrasser de ces toilettes... Bon d'un autre côté, c'est actuellement le seul siège du rez-de-chaussée...




I love that now we can see the railing... The bottom stair is in a piteous state, but I'll deal with that later!




I just love how all the pipes are showing now! I was thinking of growing ivy around the upstair bathtub pipe, what do you think?


Even for me it's really difficult right now to see what I'll do with the living-room! Who can picture a comfy sofa in that mess? Would you want to have a cup of tea there? I should mention that there's no running water in the cottage these days...



My least words for today: thanks to all people who left nice comments lately, it really cheered me up! 




Magali, from a damaged Little White House


PS: Sorry for the quality of my pictures, but as you may imagine, there's currently no light in the house .



Last update: on my last visit to my dear little house, my very old staircase was floating above the floor. I keep my fingers crossed that it will keep holding on as it's supposed to stay that way for about a week or two. Would you keep you fingers crossed as well?



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Rikka J. 01/08/2011 22:08

My understanding of French is virtually non-existent, so I hope I filled in the blanks of this comment form correctly! That said, I'm pleased to have found this cool post at Between Naps on the
Front Porch. One of the things I love about Link parties is that you get the opportunity to see blogs you wouldn't normally search out on your own. Your post reminds of my time growing up in a 1913
Craftsman style home in rural Montana. It was in a constant state of demolition and remodel. We found interesting things every time we pulled down a wall. I will become your next follower because I
have to know how this toilet under the stairs situation works out!
Rikka J.
Ricochet and Away!

abeachcottage 30/07/2011 16:07

Hope that everything is sorted for your home soon. You will see the fruits of your labour when you are sitting down on your comfy sofa with a nice cup of tea admiring your new living room :) Thanks
for dropping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and adding your link.

Marie 28/07/2011 19:28

I'm sure all this hard work will turn into something beautiful and I cannot wait the finished result. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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