CRACKS & ROTTEN WOOD

Trouble shooting before drywall.

While we’re leaving the main living floor in apparent stone, the floor with the bedrooms is getting modern insulation and drywall. New windows are going up soon too.

To prepare for this we’ve had to fix and solidify some things beforehand like this giant crack above. We’ve been using a sable à batir for such repairs.

While we haven’t had too many mauvaises surprises, we did discover that one of the supporting beams was rotting inside the wall. We fixed it in a similar manner that beau père had replaced an entire support beam; with a series of 2×4 wood planks and super long screws.

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STONE MASONRY AFTER – OUTSIDE

Our 17th century exterior walls after repointing

17th century tower after stone work

The outside masonry work is done and we are flabbergasted by the results. The professionals really did an amazing job rehabilitating “Our Tour”. Not only did they cut out the old joints and repoint with new mortar, they also replaced and “crossed” entire sections that were damaged or cracked. They took special attention to the stone around the windows, fitting them with newly cut pieces where necessary.

With time the new jointing will wear away a bit and darken in color, but for now “Our Tour” just seems to sparkle in the sun.

17th century tower

We also did a part of the courtyard’s wall (we’ll do the rest someday). Check out the difference in the arch below.

stone arch after masonry

Stone arch after repointing

Stone arch after repointing

The stone work on the inside main living floor has been completed as well. Just like the exterior, the change is phenomenal. I’ll post some pics soon.

Seeing “Our Tour” like this gives us so much hope for the future. After spending more than a year in just demolition work alone, we finally feel like we’re moving forward.

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