The House

The finca came with three buildings.  The main house is in ruins, with only half the walls and roof still standing.  We had originally thought that it might be better to knock it all down and start again, but the paperwork and permissions fot that are complicated and much more expensive.  So we’ve decided to go for restoration, at least in name.  We’ll be keeping part of the old house as storage/cellar and adding a new wing which will be the main living area.  The house will be mostly stone and in keeping with the local style, but better insulated, as these stone houses are freezing in winter.  We will also be making it as ecological as we can manage.  This year is mostly planning and we will start the build next year.  Having the cabin to live in while we build the main house takes a lot of pressure off.

Back and side barn and destroyed end of house

We tore down the red brick barn in this picture.  It wasn’t a very safe or well-built structure and we used the bricks for hardcore on the road.  The other stone building is very well built.  We’ve put new doors and a roof on that and are using it for storage.  Eventually, we’d like to make it into a workshop/office space.

 

Half-way house

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