A French Restoration: The Pleasures And Perils of Renovating by Clive Kristen, David Johnson

By Clive Kristen, David Johnson

This paintings is an enthralling and informative account of renovating a estate in France. if you happen to fall in love logic flies out of the window. this can be the way it used to be for David and Doris Johnson once they chanced on a down-at-heel mini chateau within the heartland of France. a 3 yr recovery all started - and with it a trip of discovery. French estate professional Clive Kristen was once attracted to the topic instantly. this can be the a laugh and tutorial tale of the Johnson's recovery, written to aid others desirous to embark on their lonesome French upkeep.

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Although we were aware that this would be subject to regional variation it was perhaps as good a starting point as any. On that basis - with £20,000 as a likely maximum for the project - we could just be in business. ' We should have held back. Why was our luck suddenly changing so quickly? But how could it be wrong to seek advice from a builder? He would obviously know more than we did. So what did we have to lose? We were only asking for an opinion. After all our earlier frustrations, it must have been prescient that the builder, Kevin, happened to be on his lunch break.

Are not seriously probing. Let's face it: 'toilet' is just about as basic as 'steering wheel'. You assume it exists and hope it works. And as for not 'looking too keen', well that's easy, there's not much to enthuse about in a scrap yard. But what made it difficult was that Ian and Anne were not like estate agents. It may have been because they were young and inexperienced but, whatever it was, they retained some uncharacteristically human qualities. Indeed, that same evening they came round to see how we had got on.

Again we parked the car tight against the hedgerow. 30. We were bang on time. Here there was no rutted track to navigate - just a gate rusted shut on its hinges and a low slung cur (possibly a Doberman Dachshund) beyond. The dog's yellow toothy smile said 'come in and make my day'. An attractive young lady appeared alongside the beast. ' I asked. She spoke the kind of Franglais that I had previously thought was invented for Inspector Clouseau. ' 'He iz good dog. ' I asked. ' 'Est-ce que il a mange un enfant completT She hesitated for a moment.

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