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Provencal House Renovation It’s Transformation Time

By Vaucluse Dreamer:

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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Julie Whitmarsh

Julie Whitmarsh

Julie and her husband Andy started visiting the Vaucluse area 25 years ago & over the years have increased the amount of time they spend there with their growing family. She has a deep affection for the area, finding it is a great place to visit, where the whole family can relax and enjoy time together.

She longs for the day when she can ‘up-sticks’ from her home on Dartmoor & relocate to the Luberon and spend her days cycling, walking, visiting markets & brocante fairs and of course enjoying the local food and drink.

Her blog VaucluseDreamer gives her a space to highlight some of her favourite things about the area from places to visit to particular activities that she and her family all enjoy.

She hopes one day it will be a place where she can share the process of renovating a house in France, but at the moment that will have to wait.

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