The not so Glamorous Côte d’Azur Life of Home Upkeep
Contributor blog post by Jemma:
I couldn’t write this post until things had been resolved – or mostly resolved, as the case would be. Even then, I didn’t know if I should bother. It’s France. Everyone expects home maintenance problems. And how can anything be a problem, really, if we’re talking about summer in the shimmering Côte d’Azur?
But when you have a home in this fairytale land, it’s not like checking into a swanky resort, mine’s a raspberry mojito, s’il vous plaît, just pop it over there beside the lounger at the pool – yep, that’s the one, with my latest paperback splayed open on a freshly laundered hotel towel.
…Continue reading here for Jemma’s original post “Tough Love: Home Upkeep in the Côte d’Azur”.
French House Construction Terminology
Le plan d’urbanisme (PLU) = Local regulations related to constructability of the land and size of home that can be built.
L’architecte = Architect
Le maitre d’œuvre = Project manager
Le chantier = Construction site/project
Le permis de construire = Construction permit
La climatisation = HVAC – heating, humification, ventilation, air conditioning
Le chauffage = Heating
La domotique = Home automation
La sécurité = Security system
Les éclairages = Lighting systems
Les fenêtres = Windows
L’arrosage automatique = Sprinkler system (garden)
La fondation = Foundation
Les murs = Walls
Le toit = Roof
Via:: French Lessons