We bought an apartment in Paris on the 7th floor in a building dating from the 1800's. Original features had been damaged or lost — oak parquet, moldings, original fireplace. But it had fabulous views over Paris including the Eiffel Tower and Invalides Dome. The location was perfect, in the village-like atmosphere of the 7th, near landmarks, the Seine river, and the famous rue Cler open market street. The apartment was a mess — bad repairs, old plumbing and wiring, but we loved the light and space.
We completely gutted it. We overcame real problems to work with the space to create a new kitchen, moved the old bathroom, created closets but retained the beautiful space and light. Discovered problems as we scraped away the old paint — it required us to remove the plaster back to the original brickwork and start all over. We are delighted with the result!
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