Some of these pictures are darker than others as they may have been taken on different days. The weather was rather fickle.
We plan to have recessed lights in the study, but likely only a chandelier overhead in the bedroom. Lots of "prises" (electrical outlets) in each room for additional floor and table lamps, and the ubiquitous electronics. The outlets in the study are not actually red, they just have a temporary plastic covering over them.
Our builders, Jim and Nicola, had previously gotten a bid for a replacement door in wood, but the cost was exorbitant. After speaking with our mayor and seeing what other villagers had done, Nicola told us that the only alternative would be custom-made aluminum doors. Not my first choice, and they will still be very expensive, but at least they are better than PVC, and the tiny house will be very secure with new doors.
We recently received the official blessing - really more of a statement that no one opposes what we want to do. It looks wonderfully formal and came in an envelope with a nice photo of the village. I'd keep it as a souvenir, even if we did not desperately need it.
So now the doors have been ordered, but will take some time to be custom-made and fitted. We are anxious, as ever, to complete the rest of the inside of the house and have made a plan to meet our builders again in early June.
This time we will meet in Caen and go directly to the building supply stores to pick out workable materials for finishing the bathroom. I have found it too difficult to tell whether something will work just from looking at it online, and only Jim and Nicola can tell us if our selections are realistic.
Meanwhile, as we always do this time of year, we are remembering the sacrifices of the Allied soldiers and the French resistance - particularly those who fought and died in and near Lonlay l'Abbaye in 1944 - a great turning point in the war. We will always remember how much we owe them for this beautiful and free corner of France.