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Old cafes, a renovation idea?

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In Europe, many cafes are in danger of disappearing. For a long time, these cafes were a place where people gathered, either after mass on Sunday, after work before going home, or in the morning before going to work. Some only had a small coffee, others had a glass of wine. And it must be said, many elderly or isolated benefited to have a social link with the people of the village.

Cafe In Vancouver

First of all, a charming Italian style cafe. Everything has been thought of, including the shelf on the side with a little groceries, the counter, the posters with the menus. Notice the small shelf in the corner of the counter.

Cafe In Vancouver
Cafe bar in Stockholm

In Europe, we like to keep certain traditions. This is the case in Sweden, in Stockholm. The spirit of the Old has been preserved even though everything seems new. When we look at the window, we want one thing, enter the shop to enjoy a good coffee or drink a small glass of wine (French of course, but I accept California wine).

Cafe bar in Stockholm
Bar in Hongkong

Now a restaurant in Hong Kong that also bar. Look at the counter and the shelves above filled with boxes, the tables tidy with the lights above.

Bar in Hongkong

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Find House Plans, or Houseplans, or Home Floor Plans for my renovated barn

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The other day I walked through the forest with friends, and found a old abandoned barn. The door was open and we explored. The bottom consists of a single room where farm animals, probably cows, came to rest at night and eat fodder. The top still contained hay, very old, and filled with small holes, probably rodents that lived there. We discovered old objects that made it possible for a shepherd to live: an old stove, a fork, an old metal bed frame, and a few nails. The floor was shabby because the roof, made of slate, let in sunlight and probably water in the event of a storm.

Old barn in forest

The place was sublime, with a very large clearing in the middle of the woods. A creek, a little further away, hinted at a crystalline sound.
And apparently, nobody for many years came to live in this barn.

And I thought to myself: maybe the owner of this barn will want to sell it to me for a small price. And after, I will take the measures of this barn to renovate it. Quietly, at home, I will put these measures in a barn plan that I will do on archiplain type software.
Especially, in this case, I will make a renovation more in line with what should have been this farm at the origin (maybe 80 or 100 years ago):

  • Look for identical slates for the roof, perhaps by asking where are other old barns in ruins.
  • Reinforcement of some structural beams
  • Put stones in the walls where they are missing, taking them around the barn
  • Make windows where there are no more.
  • Take a hose to collect the water from the stream, and bury it so you do not see it in the clearing, which will provide water for the toilet and shower.

And choose in the nearest cities furniture with a mountain decoration.
Last point: invite all my friends to inaugurate this renovated barn!

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Grenfell tower

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Grenfell tower

This is a real catastrophe that has taken place in London in recent days. The Grenfell tower burned completely, causing many victims.
This raises the question of the renovation of buildings in general.
In this blog, we regularly talk about very beautiful renovations of houses or buildings. But it should not be forgotten that a renovation has a cost that is often high but necessary.
All the editors of this blog join me in paying tribute to the victims of this drama.

Grenfell tower
Grenfell tower
Grenfell tower 2
Grenfell tower 2
Grenfell tower 3
Grenfell tower 3

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Living in a renovated fort

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Living in a renovated fort

How to transform a former Belgian fortress in a house and a guest house? Trusting an architect and creativity. Included in this establishment two parts in form but linked together, one serving as a home for its inhabitants, the other guest room. The two sides have in common very large openings. The link between these two parts is done through an underground corridor.

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Renovation and extension in France

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Renovation and extension in France

We are here in the department of Haut-de-Seine, close to Paris, in a suburb without a problem. This house is traditional in the region, with stone and sloping roofs. This house has been renovated to allow viewing inside the stone walls, while dressing some wooden ceilings and walls. Everything is very nice and makes you want to settle in this region less known than Paris.

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Should we sell?

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Should we sell?

When the market is not good, it may be wise not to put his house up for sale, and profit for the renovation. Right now, the price of high houses prevent buyers to purchase. It is noted that fewer homeowners put their house up for sale. In parallel, we note that the number of homeowners who retrofit their homes is increasing. For example, spending on roofing and siding is up over 10%. Same goes for windows. And forecasts indicate that these figures will increase further.

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Elements of the landscape increase the value of your property

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Elements of the landscape increase the value of your property

The importance of the appeal, landscaping projects are among the most profitable renovations, restoration and maintenance of existing hardscape installations, in collaboration with the professional, by creating the best outdoor scenery.

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Renovation of a condominium

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Renovation of a condominium built in 1921. The oak floor has been restored, and various elements: original windows, porcelain bathtub, metal cabinets, walls and plaster moldings. The walls have been special treatment, they were so degraded.

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Renovation in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles

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Renovation in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles

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Suburban Melbourne

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Five suburban Melbourne with great potential for renovation

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