They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Some people give up on projects, just for someone else to take that garbage and make it beautiful. You see it all the time with vintage clothing. Some people take grandma’s sweater from the old days, and make it special and up to date. Some people remodel clothes and cars, and others remodel vintage homes.
It was love at first sight when Karina and Craig Waters saw a French chateau on the internet. The Australian couple saw that the Chateau de Gudanes had been available for fours years when they saw it was for sale.
It could be that Karina and Craig were meant to have the historic building.
After years of negotiating, SF Globe said the couple received the home that they fell in love with. They were finally owners of the 18th century French chateau.
But the only catch was that they were never allowed to see more than the front of the building.
Once they saw the interior, they realized the historic chateau was hanging together by a thread.
But the fearless couple took on the restoration challenge. They learned that the previous owners wanted to turn the historic building into a luxury hotel. Due to their permits not being approved, they let go of the building and it fell apart.
Documenting the 'before state' of the château’s main grand staircase… major consolidation required here!
There was massive water damage and the roof had collapsed in in many areas. There were entire sections of the building they couldn’t get into because it was filled with rubble.
Karina and Craig accepted the challenge and decided to pick up where the previous couple left off.
Rebuilding the fireplace following a fire which happened during winter. Local Pompiers arrived in the middle of the night and contained it to two rooms. Thank you dearly to @francesco_creanza for putting the rooms back together again. Ps. the fire brigade returned last weekend for a group photo for their annual calendar 😉
The Waters saw past the decay of the building and focused on the potential, pushing them to continue with restoration of the Chateau de Gudanes.
It was not easy—but the secrets the building revealed were rewarding.
Yes, the building was overdue for work, but the couple found a hidden treasure. While maneuvering through the fallen ceilings, builders came across a mysterious hole.
The digging continues…We could dig to through to Australia! 🙂 🙂
SF Globe explained that the hole was actually a vaulted ceiling. It was imagined to lead to a tunnel that took you into town.
Aside from their huge reconstruction, they hope to keep as much as the original detailing in the building as possible.
Features that came with the building are a part of history like a monogrammed wrought iron balcony fence. SF Globe estimated it was “added approximately 1870-1875 by Adolphe de Limairac when he inherited Gudanes from his father.”
The historic building is beautiful behind its decay. The owners are turning Chateau beautiful again.