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Glimpse of the Kitchen


Glimpse of the Kitchen

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Last week they (the Dutch Kitchen supplier) finally placed the brand new Warendorf kitchen.

All and all it took us over 1 year from ordering to placing. Mind you WE had to postpone the delivery twice on our account due to the fact that we were not ready. First time mid december it was too cold, second time thanks to the French banking system. But here it is; half exposed…we’re trying to keep it spotless during the last two months of renovation.

You are reading a blog post by one happy man.

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Looking for cabinets / Chercher des armoires

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To decorate the mill we’d like to blend old and new; the warmth of local styled cupboard with the elementariness of modern design. We constantly visit the local brocantes but the real good stuff you don’t find that easily.

We therefore place this query:

Do you have, or knows someone who has, old furniture stowed on an attic or some grandmothers bedroom? We are looking for second hand cupboards, dressers, and side tables of a simple style like in the pictures below. If you are interested in selling, please contact us by email or reply to this post.

Possédez-vous ou connaissez-vous quelqu’un qui aurait dans son grenier, de vieux meubles ou des chambres anciennes? Nous recherchons des meubles de seconde main: armoires, commodes, tables basses, de style simple comme sur les photos ci-dessous. Si vous êtes en possession, de ce genre de meubles, merci de nous contacter par mail ou sur cette page.

And what DO we like? We big fans of simplicity regardless of age. Decorations are vain. Our motto: “if you can do without, leave it.”

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First glimpse of the interior


indigo Bedroom 1 colour 1

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Thanks to modern techniques we’re able to give you the first glimpse of how the rooms will look like in June 2010.

We rebuilt the complete Water Mill of Tourteron in Google Sketchup and started rendering in Indigo. The result is magnificent even though i haven’t even bought the full version yet … the trial adds the logo and renders in a lower quality. But the result is a OMG stunning.

You can see clearly how for instance the bathroom in room 1 will look like and how the small lights will brighten the ancient walls.

If you’d like to see more images from the future, i really ask you to be patient since not only the render takes 8 hours. Preparing the render takes at least 16 hours of non stop 3D programming.

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Crazy weekends

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Image by Michiel Wijgmans via Flickr

The past weeks have had some crazy weekends. With the ongoing renovation the constructor needs more and more materials. Most of it we have him ordering from French suppliers. There’s absolutely no reason to get concrete or drains from the Netherlands. But as soon as it comes to shopping for style … this northern part of France is not the place to be. We’ve tried several Monsieur Bricolages and Castoramas. But with little result. There was always something wrong with the model; too thick, too small, too wide, not in brushed metal .. whatever. It’s really hard to find good design in the French country side.

So we bought the lights and the bathroom stuff simply here in the Netherlands where we know our way to design for good prices. One problem though: We have to deliver everything only some 400 km south wards. And we totally underestimated this ‘tour de force‘.

We need over 4 hours to pick up the goods from Nijhof, the Dutch supplier, including picking up the ‘Boedelbak‘. And more serious; we need over 5 hours to get to Tourteron due to the overweight trailer and the lower speed limit for cars with trailers. Apart from the drive itself it also feels quite uncomfortable knowing people actually see you drive one of these yellow trailers from hell.

And we still need to deliver the other half of the kitchen tiles and ALL the bathroom tiles – three trips to go – Jolly Fun! 🙂

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Starting to Campaign

Thermometer with Fahrenheit units on the outer...
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At the Mill of Tourteron everybody is working hard on the renovation. Deliveries of equipment and materials create a continues coming and going of trucks and vans. And even though it’s minus 3º Celsius the workmen don’t care and arrive at 7 in the morning to leave at 6 in the evening. Almost like ABC’s ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition‘ people are working around the clock.

The current severe winter is not helping much. Due to the freezing temperature we can’t pore concrete for the drainage nor for the bathrooms. First we’ll have to insolate the old wooden structure to start getting it a bit more cozy inside the mill. Stephane bought 4 heat blowers but in my modest opinion … i would even heat my bathroom with those. Too small for King Frost.

But nevertheless there’s improvement. The downstairs bathroom has a new wall. The ceilings have glass wool insulation. The new walls are built. We can’t wait to make new pictures.

So it’s time we start to communicate the Supergîte concept and spread the word: “A Supergîte has the comfort of a star hotel with the privacy of a home.”

With one of the biggest Dutch tour operators we added our publication (in Dutch – I know – it’s a start).

“Hot chocolate any one?”

Publication at D-Reizen

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Mud and Christmas

For all those who dream about owning a lovely old house that needs “just a little work”: There are moments that you just think, “What were we thinking?” One of these moments came right in the middle of our Christmas vacation.

A few days back, Stephane sent us fantastic pictures of the mill in a romantic winter landscape and we were really eager to see the beauty of the mill covered in snow. Even though we knew there was work waiting for us. “Who cares about a bit of cold when you can see such a superb, white scene while you’re working?”

The two days of Christmas we spent with friends. The snowy weather had changed into long and hard rains. It was really raining cats and dogs in the hills of the French Ardenne. So by the time we arrived at Tourteron the day after, the cranes, trucks and cars in combination with the ‘permafrost‘ had turned our loan and garden into one huge swamp and deep craters filled with mud. Slipping from the fence to the front door was the way to go over the next couple of days’ work. We were not so happy.

The first day we had to dig out the larger stones to make sure they didn’t break the new sewer system. We also had to transport white sand for the foundation in the pouring rain. Then we had to move one pile of 150 plasterboards in between the rain storms. They are not supposed to become wet since they’ll fall apart if they soak in water. The plates, sized 1,20 by 3,00 meters, weight 32 kg, had to go to the first floor and second floor. Eventually they’ll become the new walls and ceilings of the rooms. There we went in our muddy boots, feeling like double our normal weight, up and down the mill leaving a trail of dark-brown, slippery wet dirt. It was a French hell. 🙂

But in the end… we did lend a hand, and that makes us feel good.

This is how it looked:

Mud, septic and some kind of garden.

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Finally: the Official Launch of Supergites.nl

It’s finally live: the official Supergites website. Though it’s still in Dutch, it’s there and that’s the most important thing. The French, English, and German versions will follow in January, as will the calendar and the automated reservation module.

We also registered the gîte at the funniest website, Vakantie bij Nederlanders in Frankrijk . nl, which translates to ‘Vacation with the Dutch in France’. We’re eager to see how it works and whether it gives us any leads.

The gîte will be ready for rent April 1. Tomorrow we’re off to France for 7 days of hard labour. 🙂

Check our new design at Supergites.nl.

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