In November 2013, outside Château de Gudanes, Karina Waters jumps for joy after receiving renovation permits.
The story starts like this: Karina and Craig Waters were toying with the thought of buying a rural farmhouse in the the South of France. After years of casually searching, they came across an 18th-century abandoned château for sale online that was the deal of a lifetime. But, there was a catch! The 94-room behemoth Château de Gudanes was crumbling from old age, rubble was piled on top of rotted floors, and mold was engulfing the walls. Their fixer-upper is going to require a lot more than a few trips to the Home Depot. Perhaps, the most intriguing part about the couple's epic undertaking (that today is only in its infant stages) is that they are documenting the entire process on and . Feast your eyes and be sure to follow them—it's going to be a long road ahead!
While the undertaking will likely take years, the couple stays at a remodeled guest quarters on the property. Here, their horses graze on the château's overgrown entrance.
Once dozens of dump trucks removed centuries of rubble covering the floors, new cement was poured.
Unfortunately, the couple had to replace hand painted beams in the salon due to wood rot. Detailed painting was required to have the new boards blend in.
A mysterious hole that was found beneath rotten floor boards.
Original 18th-century wallpaper found beneath the dirt-covered walls.
A snapshot from inside the cobweb-filled attic.
This shot shows just how decrepit the walls are.
Treasures of a bygone era found on the grounds.