Late afternoon there is a TV programme called Escape to the Chateau about people who buy the old French chateaux and then renovate them. Excellent programme. Today one if them is attempting to create an art deco bathroom useing 1920’s green and black vitrolite.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Mar 5, 2019 18:11:15 GMT
It was a while back, Dick, his wife and their grown up children had a go at making their home carbon neutral. They had a water wheel, solar panels and a windmill generating power. Grew their own veg, they had composting toilets, collected water from a spring and the roof...every week they were building something or other. They made a heat sink for their greenhouse with heat drawn up through vents. Dick and sons did most of the building whilst his wife was a great horticulturalist and very knowledgeable about sustainable living. We loved it...very inspiring.
Here we get a lot of news reports about people who have bought a château (generally for incredibly low prices since renovation costs at least 5 times the sale price). Most of the people are charming idealists and not would-be aristocrats, but boy do they suffer. Subsidies are available from the government, but they are far from sufficient. Those who manage to complete the project generally create a fancy B&B or if they have really invested, a tourist visit place selling tickets. But at least these places are saved rather than falling into ruin.