What a strange observation. It 's just a small house in a village.
My point, which you seem to have missed entirely, is that the French - whose heritage it is - adapt houses to their needs using the materials and techniques available just as others have done to countless building over many centuries. A Georgian front added to an earlier house is now accepted, even by “traditionalists”. Older houses have Georgian and Victorian additions in the style and materials of their time. Many have now been listed and are thus frozen in time and their evolution is halted. I often wonder why and where is the merit in this rather retrospective view of development.
There is no reason why dry lining if properly applied should compromise the structure of an old building or why modern techniques are inappropriate in modifying it. Even the National Trust - notoriously “conservative” used steel joists to reinforce the roof in Kingston Lacy which itself was completely transformed by one of its previous owners by being “turned round” and having a new Georgian front (rather badly) applied to one side. The rusting iron bolts holding it on have been replaced with stainless steel. Very sensible. Would you have let if fall down in the cause of traditionalism?
Our French house is being adapted to our needs with whatever technology is most appropriate. Its not a historical monument, its our home while we are in France. Rotten old joists have been replaced with Masonite fabricated ones (they are straight, light enough for me to handle alone and came from UK where they were much cheaper than they are here. The roof is insulated with modern materials. All the electric wiring is “out of keeping” with the house - there wasn’t any in 1790, nor was there any plumbing.
For those who want to be true “traditionalists” I assume they are living in unheated hovels with no electricity or plumbing and no phone or internet. If they are not it’s just humbug.
Enjoy debating with yourselves. I have a plasterboard ceiling to fit (over steel laths) in a new kitchen which will be equipped with modern technology and efficient extraction so the house doesn’t smell of fish when we cook it.
A goodnight to all.