BUILDING A SOLAR HOUSE IN FRANCE - WEEK 13 - cills to windows, sliding doors and details  (17 Slides)     [Page 1 of 1] :: Jump To  
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Monday 26th November.  Mr Frédérick Mazière and 2 masons arrived to put in all the cills (seuils et appuis),  For the French windows (portes fenêtres) they are in hard limestone which we ordered and fetched from a local quarry.
Mr Mazières and maçon putting in a stone cill for a glazed sliding door.
The finished cills on the south east side.
  Monday 26th November. Mr Frédérick Mazière and 2 masons arrived to put in all the cills (seuils et appuis), For the "French windows" (portes fenêtres) they are in hard limestone which we ordered and fetched from a local quarry.  
  Mr Mazières and maçon putting in a stone cill for a glazed sliding door.  
  The finished cills on the south east side.  
The cill on the largest sliding glass door on the south west will be onto a balcony with a view into the woods
The normal windows in monomur walls are in fired clay .
The cill (appuis) to the little window to my storeroom
  The cill on the largest sliding glass door on the south west will be onto a balcony with a view into the woods  
  The normal windows in monomur walls are in fired clay .  
  The cill ("appuis") to the little window to my storeroom  
Interior with all the timber for the internal partition framing  delivered by Mr Marcelin Mazieres. That is my job for the next few weeks !
The oak floor joists under the mezzanine in place.
View from the south after Mr Mazieres, the carpenter and roofer, left the site for a week.
  Interior with all the timber for the internal partition framing delivered by Mr Marcelin Mazieres. That is my job for the next few weeks !  
  The oak floor joists under the mezzanine in place.  
  View from the south after Mr Mazieres, the carpenter and roofer, left the site for a week.  
General view from south east after the cills had been done.  I think it is a pity that when the house is finished, the frame will not be quite so clearly expressed as seen here.
The day after the cills had been done, the temperature was down to minus 6 degrees but very dry and sunny, and I spent the day sanding the oak frames next to and above the stone cills and treating the wood with linseed oil .  Rain water running off green oak leaves permanent black stains on stone.
The day after the cills had been done, the temperature was down to minus 6 degrees but very dry and sunny, and I spent the day sanding the oak frames next to and above the stone cills and treating the wood with linseed oil .  Rain water running off green oak leaves permanent black stains on stone.
  General view from south east after the cills had been done. I think it is a pity that when the house is finished, the frame will not be quite so clearly expressed as seen here.  
  The day after the cills had been done, the temperature was down to minus 6 degrees but very dry and sunny, and I spent the day sanding the oak frames next to and above the stone cills and treating the wood with linseed oil . Rain water running off green oak leaves permanent black stains on stone.  
  The day after the cills had been done, the temperature was down to minus 6 degrees but very dry and sunny, and I spent the day sanding the oak frames next to and above the stone cills and treating the wood with linseed oil . Rain water running off green oak leaves permanent black stains on stone.  
The scaffolding will be removed next week and there are a lot of holes between the larch boarding (bardage en meleze) left by the carpenters, and the rest of the week was spent, not seeming to achieve much, putting quadrant on to cover all the joints and filler pieces in the gaps.  The carpenters should do all that, but I fear that they will not be back in time and I don't want to pay for hire of scaffolding for another week.
Margaret joined me on the scaffolding to oil the boarding. Note protective head gear French style.
The larch (mèlèze) boarding.  Sample of stained barge board in foreground temporarily fixed to test colour.
  The scaffolding will be removed next week and there are a lot of holes between the larch cladding (bardage en meleze) left by the carpenters, and the rest of the week was spent, not seeming to achieve much, putting quadrant on to cover all the joints and filler pieces in the gaps. The carpenters should do all that, but I fear that they will not be back in time and I don't want to pay for hire of scaffolding for another week.  
  Margaret joined me on the scaffolding to oil the cladding. Note protective head gear French style.  
  The larch (mèlèze) cladding. Sample of stained barge board in foreground temporarily fixed to test colour.  
Nailing on quadrant to seal gaps between projecting purlins and boarding.
Painting the clear protective varnish on the last stretch of tongued and grooved boarding under the eaves.
  Nailing on quadrant to seal gaps between projecting purlins and cladding.  
  Painting the clear protective varnish on the last stretch of tongued and grooved cladding under the eaves.  
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