Provencal House Renovation It’s Transformation Time
Firstly I have to start with an apology – the last few months have been rather chaotic with one thing and another and I find that this really is the first time I’ve been able to sit and write about our little half-life in France for quite some time. It’s probably best if I start again by sharing a bit about what has kept us so busy over the last few months when I haven’t been working on jewellery.
Provencal House Renovation Tips
Construction can be expensive anywhere. However, in the heart of the Luberon Valley, there are few bargains to be found. The Whitmarsh family is not only creative they are determined. They have scoured brocantes, vide greniers and other sources to find materials for their project.
It is important to understand the permit submission and approval process. Renovation work should not begin without permission.
Hiring a local architect who understands the process is a good step towards minimizing any bureaucratic headaches.
These are some good terms to know:
Architecte = Architect
Arrosage automatique = Sprinkler system (garden)
Béton = Concrete
Chantier = Construction site/project
Chauffage = Heating
Climatisation = HVAC – heating, humification, ventilation, air conditioning
Domotique = Home automation system
Éclairages = Lighting systems
Fenêtres = Windows
Fondation = Foundation
Maitre d’œuvre = Project manager is a valuable team member. In particular, if you have a large project or are attempting to manage your construction from a distance.
Permis de construire = Construction permit
Sécurité = Security system
Toit = Roof
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