In early May 2014 we started with the big clean-up. It was quite a job, but it looks way better! We’ve had tons of fun and terrible surprises: the caves were full of them!
In the first week we started with the garden. Nature was taking over vibrantly, the grass was a foot tall, so we had to bring out the brush cutter. Our friend Martin also found a real lawn mower in one of the caves, which he managed to bring back to life. But since the grass was a bit too high for the lawn mower, it was quite a challenge to get through!
The lorry of household goods also arrived that week. It was quite a struggle to get it across the little road to the house. We had to cut away branches and Martin guided the lorry to the house.
After that, there were weeks and weeks of cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning...
Halfway through June 2014 we started on the roof of the old farm. It was a tremendous job for our contractor, Stéphan, and his men. Early in July Sjoerd and Ronald arrived to help us out for about six weeks. They really moved mountains!
In early August we’d finished the roof, and much had changed inside the farm as well. Everyone continued to work: we moved on to the outer walls, where the seams were replaced, and the roof-gutters were installed. We also started working on the roof finishing, plumbing, heating and electricity. It really was a lot of work. We then ordered window sills, which were installed late in October 2014. On the 21st of October new reinforcements from the Netherlands arrived: we really had to get going to finish everything in time!
The month of November 2014 saw the house getting more habitable by the day. The doors and sills were fitted, and floor heating was installed.
We made the agreements for the swimming pool, which is installed in May 2015. It will be a beautiful swimming pool of 10 × 5 metres: looks like a relaxing summer!
Beginning July 2015 we started our B&B and appartments!