Works on the house, again .

Travaux sur la maison. Encore !
Works on the house , again

English version after the French text    

La semaine dernière, les maçons étaient chez nous pour changer des briques sableuses altérées par le temps . La maison a été construite dans les années 1930 avec des briques spéciales, très claire car elle contient une partie assez importante du sable. Les joints sont rouges. Autre caractéristique: le béton remplace la pierre. 1920-1930, c’était le début de l’utilisation du béton dans le bâtiment. Mais le béton doit être entretenu. De petites fissures apparaissent ici et là et nous devons réparer pour maintenir la maison telle qu’elle était à l’origine.
 Last week the masons were here to change a lot of sandy bricks which were damaged  . The house has been built in the years 1930’s with special bricks, very clear because containing a rather important part of sand . The jointings are red . Other feature : the concrete replace the stone . 1920-1930 , it was the beginning of the use of the concrete in the building . But the concrete must be kept up. Small fissures appear here and there and we have to repair to maintain the house such it was at the origin.  



Le maçon a enlevé la couche de briques altérées sur la façade de la maison et sur des angles                The mason removed the damaged brick layer on the front of the house and on the corners



Un coin  a corner with removed bricks



Il les a remplacées par des briques de nature différente mais de même aspect et a refait les joints rouges He replaced them with bricks of different nature but of the same aspect and redone the red jointing


Un échafaudage élevé a été dressé pour atteindre et réparer le béton au haut de la maison
A high scaffolding has been erected to reach and repair the concrete on the high of the house


 Quatre jours plus tard      Four days later.

Voilà c’ est terminé! On démonte l’ échafaudage jusqu’à la prochaine fois tant est si vrai qu’il faut toujours recommencer aussi bien pour une maison que pour un jardin . La vie n’ est-elle pas un éternel recommencement ?

Here is ! This ‘s finished The scaffolding is disassembled until the next time : it is so much true that it is always necessary to start again for a house or for a garden etc… Is not life an eternal beginning again?

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91 Responses to Works on the house, again .

  1. puffpop says:

    We may have to begin again if that monstrous storm hits us. It’s supposed to be the most dangerous and powerful storm ever in the Atlantic. If it does hit, it will demolish everything in it’s path… We are doing our best to prepare.

    We are praying and hoping that the dire predictions will not materialize for us.

    • I have compassion, Françoise, for the people killed or the damages by this hard hurricane . I hope Sincerely Florida will not be hit.

      • Winnie says:

        I have five family members who live in Florida, one in Jacksonville downtown on the East Coast and four in St. Petersburg Florida on the West Coast. I’ve been in contact with them and they have a plan a, B, and C. They may stay put or they may go to Brooksville Florida, about an hour and a half north of where they live or they may go to Atlanta, about eight hours by car. This is the biggest storm that’s about to hit Florida since records have been kept. The storm is 400 miles across!

  2. weggieboy says:

    How true! things begin to decompose as soon as they are created, then you have to renew them from time to time to maintain the illusion that everything lasts forever! It looks like the job was well worth the time and expense, though – what a beautiful home!

    • ” Vingt fois sur le métier remettez votre ouvrage,
      Polissez-le sans cesse, et le repolissez,
      Ajoutez quelquefois, et souvent effacez.”
      By the French writer Boileau 1674 in l’ Art poétique
      To be short : go back to your work again and again ! 🙂

  3. blb1 says:

    Michel is that entire building your house? That is large amount to maintain! Here in historic districts they determine what can be used and what can be changed. Back in my home town in Pennsylvania a very old barber shop had to be demolished as the bricks used had deteriorated badly and there was no money or anyone in the vicinity that could make repairs.

  4. Such a gorgeous house Michel, so beautiful, of course over the years a lot of maintenance. Today we are boarding up our property ahead of the hurricane predicted to hit here this weekend. Have a wonderful day my dear friend, love ❤ Holly

  5. KB says:

    Yes, life is made of endings and beginnings, although they are hard to adjust to at times. Too bad we aren’t like houses, that only need a little patching up now and then. I am wondering what the B on the chimney stands for?

  6. Lavinia Ross says:

    What a beautiful home, Michel and Janine! Yes, life is an eternal series of cycles of beginnings, endings, and rebirth. Much love to you both. ❤

  7. cocosangel says:

    That’s good that you are updating your house. We need to fix the roof, where the satellite was, a few shingles has broken.

  8. Eat Right Chef Louisa says:

    So glad you got your bricks repaired. It is so true what you said. Life is a process that requires constant renewal, just like in Nature. Enjoy your newly repaired house!

  9. Gracia says:

    The bricks are beautiful. Your house looks like a castle. There is a saying “A Man’s house is his castle.” And a woman’s too, I suppose. Oh, of course, the woman is the Queen.

  10. Yes, so true, Michel! Life is a cycle that includes decay, deterioration, and death….but, also, restoration, renewal, and resurrection! 🙂

    They did a beautiful job! So glad you got the repairs done!

    Your house is beautiful on the outside! And even more beautiful on the inside because of you and Janine and the love that resides there! 🙂

    HUGS!!! 🙂

  11. Barbara Lenhard says:

    Michel, your home looks magnificent. It is truly a regal looking structure and so well kept! It looks like a very large space to take care of 💞

  12. neilc693 says:

    That is a really grand, majestic house—and the upkeep must be a nightmare. I can’t imagine the expense of brickwork that extensive.
    It’s nicely done though. Brick and “cast stone” can be a really elegant combination. Unfortunately ornamental brickwork is kind of a lost art around here.

  13. Wow – I didn’t realize your house was so big! You must have an endless list of chores.

  14. jstnotherday says:

    My goodness, Michel, you live in a castle, not a house!

  15. Carole says:

    Impressionnant les travaux, quel travail ….beau résultat ça donne un éclat à la maison .bonne soirée on vous embrasse Carole

  16. Susan Joos says:

    Your house is so grand! I knew it was lovely, but it really is even more magnificent than I thought. There have been several churches in our town which have recently had to use scaffolding for exterior repair work. I don’t think I could do that! They did a very nice job on your bricks. It must be a good feeling to have it accomplished and while again!

  17. nannyfountain says:

    You live in a palace! I see it must take lots of care. Sending love to all of you ❤

  18. Peggy says:

    Is this your house, Michel? It is gorgeous!!

  19. Isabel Capillas says:

    It takes huge amount of energy and effort to renovate a house but surely the outcome is a precious reward for the whole family.

  20. mimiwi2013 says:

    Our small house was built in the 1920’s. The basement is a double wall of bricks. Ken had to replace one outside corner a few years ago. He also had to remove and replace brick on our first house in Colorado. He enjoys doing that. He hasn’t forgotten his masonry skills. He would have loved to work on your home too. I will have to show him these pictures when he returns home from his morning bike ride. He will enjoy seeing them!! Your home is so gorgeous that it is well worth preserving!! I just wouldn’t want to have to do the work Janine must have to do to keep it all clean. I find it difficult to keep our little place tidy even with Ken’s help! Of course, if I didn’t spend so much time on the computer———–!! But I still would not have the necessary stamina even if I could! Hugs to both of you! ❤ Nancy and Ken

    • I am sure Ken has been interested in watching the works with the bricks . I do not know if in the US they used sich sandy bricks . They are not made now . The masons had to use similar bricks but with different components.
      About the house we already have a large house in a previous town (Arras ) because of the large family.

  21. Rachel says:

    This is quite the project!
    I hope it goes well!
    Started my new job.

  22. Ellen Chambers says:

    Michel, what an amazing house. In the past I have seen pieces, rooms , etc. . There wasn’t a clue that the house was this big. I Hope none of the storms come near you! I am sorry that I haven’t been responding, life seems to be one thing to take care of , and then another. Hope both you and Janine are well—Lovingly, ELC

  23. whyzat says:

    What a beautiful house you have, Michel. You gave it a nice face lift so it will look young for a few more years. I wish that some bricks and mortar would do the same for me!

  24. oldladyonamission says:

    They did an excellent job and what a lovely home you have.

  25. That’s a big project! Your house is beautiful. Such a history within those walls. May you ever be blessed there.


  26. Ellie Rae says:

    Mrs.Grovine — What a beautiful house!!!! You all work very hard.

  27. You have a lovely home! It’s important to keep it in good repair. Houses require regular maintenance to keep them from deteriorating.

  28. Marion Manson says:

    A big job but very necessary! Always maintenance in homes. You have such a beautiful home, Michel. 🙂

  29. Wow. The result is lovely. It’s such a beautiful place.
    Yes..beginnings. Gives us hope, yes?

  30. mcbery says:

    Your house is beautiful! i love to visit historic places. Yours looks like a place I would love to visit if only there were enough time in this world. 🙂 Blessings on your house and your kinfolk, Michel.

  31. L. Marie says:

    You have a lovely house. I am glad the bricks were replaced. It looks wonderful!

  32. guestbrief says:

    Yes! Glad you are able to have it repaired. It is sad to see things go down without a fight. You keep the repairs and so the spirit of the place continues! Much love ❤

  33. Michel your house is beautiful. Such lovely bricks. Happy repairs are done. We have a nephew and family in Key West Florida. They have left (have 2 houses) and have gone up to the condo they own up there and in the middle of the state. Their 2 college kids live there. So now the small condo has 4 adults and 3 dogs. They still be will be hit with strong winds and lots of rain. Probably damage will occur too. All we can do for now is pray for their safety. Where there homes are in Key West will take a direct hit. Tough times for them.

    Hope you and Janine have beautiful weather so that you can enjoy the fall season and all its beauty. ❤

    • I hope your famil in Key West Florida has been preserved, Marilyn.

      • The family is up north in Gainsville FL. Haven’t heard from them yet today. I imagine there is still plenty of wind and rain. They aren’t able to get to Key West until roads, etc cleared. They either have lots of damage or to their 2 houses or no houses at all. All we can do is pray for the best.

  34. Cheri Herald says:

    You have such a lovely home. I’m glad it has you to keep it in good repair. 🙂

  35. your house is beautiful! on the outside as it is on the inside with such beautiful people inside like you and janine. i know others have said it too but since your family is just full of love, i am happy to come and read about your stories, adventures, gardening, and even music. so very talented are you! i am so glad to learn and read things that are going on in your life. i will write you soon. i’m a bit lazy… much love to you and janine! ❤ angela

  36. KathrinS says:

    Wow what a beautiful house! I’m sure it’s much improved after the renovation – it looks wonderful.

    Kathrin —

  37. iampeacenow says:

    Your home is so beautiful. It’s very true a house needs a great deal of maintenance. Your great care of this house will assure it’s continued beauty for many years to come. But I agree with others – the most important thing about this home is that it is filled with much love. I rather like what you say at the end of your post — Life is indeed an eternal beginning again <3. I feel I am right at the start of beginning again.
    much peace & love to you and Janine ❤

  38. julie essex says:

    Well done to the Masons for such a great job. Our house is Victorian so there is always something to do so that keeps John busy

  39. John will keep busy because in a house there always is something to do or to repair .

  40. judyrutrider says:

    Ah, yes, everything is ephemeral, especially home repairs, it seems. My husband and I often say, “When did we remodel…?” Usually, it turns out to be twice as long ago than it actually was. And the older we grow, the faster the time passes. Now we are at the age where we say, we won’t ever have to make THIS repair again. Often I tease him by telling him that when we are gone, some young family will move into our lovingly maintained home and PAINT all of his beautiful figured maple wood work. This makes him want to live forever to protect it from ignorant barbarians.

  41. Zakiah says:

    The color of the bricks is very pretty and the red joints in between are so becoming to the appearance. I am happy that you are taking care of the house as the problems arise. You have a magnificent mansion Michel.

  42. How interesting to see this work being done. Your house is very charming. I love all the little details, the arches over the windows, the chimneys. American homes from the 1930s look so different. Very few brick houses here. God bless you today! ❤ Caroline

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