Limousin Living
Living and Building a home in the heart of France
Costs
You might be interested to know how much a project like this costs. So, here it is.
To give you an idea, this is one of Maison Provinciale's other single-storey houses, with 3 bedrooms, open plan living/dining/kitchen, a wine-cellar and single garage, with a habitable area of 83 square metres. It costs 68,770 euros to build. At the current exchange rate, that's about 48,000.
Not bad, eh?
Of course that's without the extras! Starting from the basic Margaride design shown on the Planning page on this website, we changed 3 bedrooms into 2 larger ones, added the vaulted ceiling in the living room, added another room to be a music studio, and changed a couple of windows to French doors.
The land was bought in 2003: 2400 square metres including a small holiday house, for .... 56,910 euros

Removal of trees to make space for building, and avoid imminent disaster from falling...... 1,213 euros
The groundworks for the new house, including excavation for the pool should cost .......... 13,055 euros
The building of the house, including exterior painting and tiled floors in kitchen,
living, dining, music studio, bathroom, loo and hallway, & fully fitted & tiled bathroom ... 111,027 euros
Compulsory Insurance during the build ............................................................................ 1,220 euros
Total for house: 126,515

Swimming Pool, bought as a kit, 10.44 by 4.75 metres with roman steps & shower ............ 14,539 euros
Solar heating system for the pool ...................................................................................... 3,000 euros
Total for pool: 17,539
Stuff not included yet:
Materials for painting the interior walls of the house, wood floors in the bedrooms and fitting a kitchen (we are DIY able!), paved surrounds for the pool area, making a terrace at the front of the new house.
So all told, we get a brand new custom built house, a second house for guests, a fab pool of our very own, and a lovely big garden, in a fantastic location, all for a little over 200,000 euros, or about 140,500. Can't do that in England any more....!
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