Lucie's home has quite a history. It was built in 1892 as a night asylum for women, wandering day workers. Today, both in the functionality of the house as well as the renovations, Lucie tries to keep the spirit of the home.
The construction work is an ongoing process. A while ago, she discovered a large cellar, which had 30 tonnes of debris. A nice surprise, once cleaned up, that will be turned into a worshop space. In 2009, Lucie insulated the roof and an energy company uses her roof for solar panels, which she benefits from, by having access to renewable energy at a reduced price. The attic will soon become a low energy apartment for rent and the garden is under construction, underway to become an edible garden. The garden project is a part of a collective effort of the transition town movement Gent.
So Lucie's home is in constant change and renovation, but she makes sure to keep as much of the original material and setup as possible, and tries to recycle or upcylce everything from the house. Her home also serves as a great place for collaboration and community, as many people pass through, just as it was in the late 1800's.