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Teenager swaps Hartford home for house project in France
12:00pm Monday 26th August 2013 in News
A TALENTED teenager is taking on the biggest challenge of his life – renovating a French farmhouse 700 miles from his Hartford home.
Nathan Sherrard is just 17 years old and he is busy remodelling the former bakery, complete with an old oven in the back yard, in central France after completing his first project in Winsford last month.
Nathan left Weaverham High School in 2012, where he gained carpentry qualifications, and in May completed a one-year level two plumbing course at Mid Cheshire College.
He is now putting his skills to good use in St Benoit du Sault where he hopes to complete the renovations by August 2014.
He is receiving little help with just a few deliveries from builders’ merchants and has been living out in France since the middle of June.
Nathan, who has only ever been on holiday in France and has never lived there before, is staying with a French family so he can become fluent in the native language and he has also signed for the town’s football team which plays in the Indre region of the country.
Nathan said: “I will be staying with a French family, who live in the next hamlet one kilometre away, so that I can learn French at the same time.
“I am slowly picking up the language and I am able to understand mostly what people are trying to say to me but I find it difficult to reply and structure a sentence properly at the moment.
“I’m writing blogs while I’m doing the renovations, so people can see the progress I’m making.
“I’m enjoying every minute of being here as doing a house renovation is what I always wanted to do so it is a dream come true.”
Nathan’s first renovation project was a two-bedroom property in Winsford which they bought at auction for around £60,000 and are now hoping to sell for around £99,000.
He replaced a wooden extension with a brick one and installed a new kitchen and bathroom as well as redecorating throughout.
Nathan has already replaced floorboards and made a start on insulating the roof.
He is hoping to return home to complete a level three college course in plumbing next summer and return to live in France permanently in 2015.
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