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Mont Blanc views as the chimney comes down at The Hive

The chimney has come down at the renovation of The Hive in Les Gets. The huge chimney which measures more than 2x2.7m was one of the features which attracted us to the barn when we first saw it. A local architect who looked around when we were first viewing the property literally stood staring in awe at the structure. Apparently not many of these original chimneys have survived, being entirely made out of wood! The plan is for us to take it down, and re-build it at the front of the barn central to the lounge to be a real feature in the open space. Where it was, it was going to interfere with...

The Hive renovation: Balcony comes down, more walls & ring beam and a broken foot!

It has been another busy week on the renovation of The Hive in Les Gets and a lot of progress has been made. Karl continues to make the ringbeam round the walls of The Hive pulling together the structural walls. In order to complete the front of the house, the balcony had to come off: The ringbeam continuing round: Meanwhile, the builders are building walls at breakneck speed! (or break foot speed!! - see last paragraph) The new gable wall for The Hive is complete: The wall at the back of the chalet is complete too: Milly checks in for a site inspection, and confirms...

The ring beam starts to go in!

One of the biggest hurdles with the renovation of The Hive is that we are not allowed to increase or reduce the volume of the building during the process. This obviously proved difficult when the foundations went in (being a 150 year old building it didn't have any to start with) The only way for it to be done safely was to prop up the building section by section dig the foundation, fill with concrete, and build the new structural wall as quickly as possible. Another area where it has proven to be difficult is putting in the ring beam, usually done in one step. Instead, Karl has been cutting...