France Houzz Tour: See This Houzz-Inspired Manor's Before & After
Taking cues from his favourite Houzz projects, this homeowner combined modern glam with respect for his family's roots
Adrien Granchère, 34 years old and an only son, took the reins of the company six years ago. Since then, the young proprietor has been working to diversify the distillery’s business. He has also modernised the adjoining property, in which he lives with his partner Mathilde and son Louis. After four years of work, he shared the results with Houzz. “Houzz is a great source of inspiration for architecture and decor from all around the world. We used it a lot to visualise most of our rooms. I wanted to thank the site in my own way by sharing the work we’ve done,” he says.
House at a Glance
Who lives here? Adrien Granchère, his partner Mathilde and son Louis, 4
Location: In a hamlet in Charentes-Maritime, France
Size: 460 square metres
“When we started the work and were looking for ideas, Mathilde downloaded the Houzz app on her laptop, and that’s how we started making ideabooks for each room,” Granchère says.
One of his first Ideabooks was for the home’s facade. It had lost its lustre and needed a good makeover: the shutters were missing every second slat and the local white stone had cracked around the windows because of corrosion around the hinges.
Granchère not only laid new flooring in the entrance, but carried out extensive renovations here: “The roots of a tree in front of the house had grown under the entrance hall, causing the floor and staircase to collapse. It was necessary to excavate and re-pour a screed, and I took the opportunity to lay the electricity and plumbing lines in the crawl spaces and to wire the home for central hi-fi [audio] and ethernet,” he says.
The solid oak dining table, which a miller had given to his grandmother, was from the old kitchen.
The portrait gallery combines two centuries of family history with old print engravings from L’Illustration. Granchère’s grandmother had subscribed to this magazine, and he found copies in an old mail trunk in the attic. The trunk itself is now being used as a coffee table (see previous photo).
“The distillery heats us. The steam out of the stills is 85 degrees and needs to be cooled. Fifteen years ago, in order to limit the cost of the fuel heating system that had only been installed in the 1980s, my father had the idea of killing two birds with one stone and using the house as a cooling system. When we’re too hot, we open the windows!”
Positioning the bed in the centre of the room allowed Granchère to partition the very large room and create a sauna area at the back.
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