By Clive Kristen, David Johnson
This paintings is an enthralling and informative account of renovating a estate in France. should you fall in love good judgment flies out of the window. this can be the way it used to be for David and Doris Johnson after they came across a down-at-heel mini chateau within the heartland of France. a 3 12 months recovery started - and with it a trip of discovery. French estate specialist Clive Kristen used to be attracted to the topic instantly. this can be the fun and tutorial tale of the Johnson's recovery, written to aid others desirous to embark on their lonesome French preservation.
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The driver evaded the worst of the potholes, whilst the vehicle trampolined gently but resolutely through the dips which could not be avoided. I could not help contrasting this with Surrey stockbrokers' wives who drive their armoured personnel carriers daily, but test their off road pedigree just once a year whilst transporting sandwiches for the village gymkhana. As the 2CV neared the farm building we knew that this must be our route. We parked our car tight against the hedgerow and followed on foot.
Musty you see. ' We declined. It is sometimes best to accept someone at their word. It shows you have faith in them. ' I asked. 'Not necessarily. You'd expect a bit of damp in a house like this. It's easily sorted. ' 'It's a sand and cement mix with some of builder's friend - lime. The French use it for everything. If it's lime wash for the outside walls it's called badigeon or chaux. ' 'It's cheap, freshens things up nicely, and covers a lot of sins. An extra little dab or two in a hole or crack?
The survey can be used as a negotiating tool but only if you have not already signed the compromis de vente. The way round this would have been, with the vendor's agreement, to have added a suspensive survey clause to the compromis de vente. ' With the benefit of hindsight there can be no doubt that we should have opted for this. But survey charges were not included in Les Mazsons Formidable's 'all inclusive fee' and the full geometre is expensive and the negotiations that inevitably follow can take time.
A French Restoration: The Pleasures And Perils of Renovating a Property in France by Clive Kristen, David Johnson