The idea was to “improve” or renovate the grenier or attic first. This would accomplish two things. One is the insulation of the roof which in any house is a huge source of heat loss and as you can see, ours is totally uninsulated. Two is to give us a space in which to live that would be above all the other dust and construction activities rather than in the middle of it or below it.
We hired a contractor to do this for us for a number of reasons, but mostly so that I could “view and learn” french construction techniques and also so that the job would actually get done in a reasonable time frame (have I mentioned that it took me 5 years to complete the renovation of the kitchen of the Toronto home).
Below is the same view above completed. A slide show of the attic work will be posted shortly (I type this post from my new office location at the head of the stairs overlooking the whole attic – the view and feeling is exhilarating)