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Driven by a dream, and going against all advice, we bought a 19th Century Savoyard Farm in 2007. We moved into the Farmhouse downstairs and drafted a plan for The Barn above. We wanted a low impact, sustainable and low energy house.
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Driven by a dream

Author admin posted on Feb 04 2010

The Dream
Driven by a dream, and going against all advice, we bought a 19th Century Savoyard Farm in 2007. We moved into the Farmhouse downstairs and drafted a plan for The Barn above. We wanted a low impact, sustainable and low energy house.

Renovation ‘a gusto’
We started the renovation with a general building contractor who was going to ‘do it all’. It all started ‘a gusto’ but after a few months and a fat check later, there were fewer and fewer people on site. There was a treacherous hole in the front garden for the non-existent septic tank and we had no toilet for a month over Christmas. The workers were not being paid and finally, as we were about to tear our hair out and give up, the builder completely disappeared. The company went into liquidation. The insurance papers were false.

Angels appeared…
A few weeks later, angels appeared out of no-where.. Wandering along a path near the house, we met a retired English architect, David Ford, who lived along the road. He took us under his wing. Our eco- insulation company Pen Y Coed helped us find a dream team to put up all the stud walls and plaster. A friend put us in touch with 2 lovely wandering French craftsmen carpenters. The crew grew and grew until we nick-named it ‘The Commune’ Рeveryone supported each other, worked hard and played hard. Often we’d start the day with yoga and end it with jamming together on the porch.

So how is La Source ‘eco’?
We super insulated with Warmcell, used triple glazed Internorm windows, and a highly efficient wood pellet burner and low temperature under floor heating. The large windows face the sun. The water source feeds the house and hot tub. The materials, flooring and paints are as natural as possible. There are compost and recycling bins integrated into the kitchen design and the lights and appliances are low energy.

The La Source Commune
It just shows that with a lot of passion, ignorance, determination and an open mind… good things happen! We love The Commune… thank you guys!!!!

Chris, having left school at 15, dyslexic, was transformed by the La Source Commune experience. He travelled across India after finishing the renovation, moved back to Samoens and got into CAT to do a Masters in Ecological Architecture. He is cycling 1500kms to Uni. See www.cycle2uni.com

David, our longest serving Communer went back to New Zealand to start a degree in Landscape Architecture.

Ricky and Andy, the most awesome pair who single handedly made La Source as beautiful as it is today are still travelling. Andy is going back to Uni to study Graphic Design and Ricky is making beautiful custom designed furniture.

Paul went back to NZ to help is brother open a shoe design company. Mark and Kyle are still travelling around Europe.

Saskia went to India, leaving the family for over a month for the first time in 7 years, to do her yoga teacher training course.

Thanks also to Victor, Pierrick, Agniezka and Dean

But the story continues…

At the end of the first ski season, the recession bit. Our only choice was to get jobs, or start generating income from La Source. We decided to set up Climbing and Yoga courses thinking it might help us and Agniezka. Agniezka Рa single mum of three, was the only local ‘communer’ and had just got her Brevet D’Etat 2 year French Qualification to instruct climbing.

The Magic of La Source
I began work on our website… and finding partners like Responsible Travel. Within 3 weeks we had our first bookings. We set up a multi-adventure course, a yoga holiday and a Family Adventure. They all filled. People‚Äôs lives were evidently enriched by their experiences here. The magic of La Source was destined to spread. We love what we do. The house is always full with wonderful and interesting people.

Live your dreams!
Live your dreams…. and if you don‚Äôt know what they are, just live to your fullest potential, take risks, dance, cry, go against the grain, follow your gut, be you and be free!

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