The purchase of our second house in France was completed in July. At the last minute, we also acquired a share in a field nearby, which was a bit odd. So now we are really into the planning of the renovation - detailed budgeting, discussion with various people about specific things we can't do ourselves, etc.
I am trying to tighten up the budget a little and to do more of the work myself, rather than use other people. Every piece of planned work is also being scrutinized to ensure that it is a value-enhancing thing to do. For instance, swimming pools are rarely value-enhancing and so this idea has gone. On the other hand, converting the workshop into an additional lounge with an extra bedroom and bathroom upstairs is a hugely enhancing idea as it increasing the habitable space.
So loads to think about there then
Wife having lunch at Louzignac on the afternoon we completed
Our strip of the field is about 100 metres long and 10 metres wide, roughly where Wife is standing. We could have picnics there - or maybe a small music festival!