Renovating in France

Get the low down for hiring artisans and builders in France

Written by on December 22, 2016 in Renovating in France
Get the low down for hiring artisans and builders in France

When it comes to renovating in France, if you’re not doing it yourself then you’ll need to source a builder or artisan. Unlike in some countries French builders and artisans tend to be very regimented about what they can/will and can’t/won’t do in my experience. In the UK it’s not unusual to get someone to […]

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Renovating in France Planning Permission Requirements

Renovating in France Planning Permission Requirements

Whether or not you need planning permission for your renovation in France depends on what you are going to do. Applying for Planning permits in France A good starting place is the local town hall, and, even if you think you don’t need permission, it’s usually best to check, rules change. The Mayor or his […]

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The top six skills that gite owners need

The top six skills that gite owners need

What are the top skills you need to run a successful holiday let in France? People, preparation, practical building maintenance, parler francais? All are important – and most property owners already know more than they think. French Connections is a holiday property listing site that specialises in France, with 20 years experience of giving owners […]

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How to keep your Fosse Septique Sweet

How to keep your Fosse Septique Sweet

Ah France… the sweet scent of croissants, fine wine, delicious cakes and soft baguettes. A place to enjoy the sun and dine al fresco or laze outdoors drinking in the fresh air… unless you have a fosse septique that lets you down. A foul fosse problem is a common occurrence for home and gite owners […]

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Renovating Property In France Money-Saving Tips

Written by on April 5, 2016 in Renovating in France, Tax
Renovating Property In France Money-Saving Tips

Renovating property in France is what expats do! We love to upgrade, restore and make old buildings worthy again from barns to chateaux – but did you know that certain home improvements can result in significant income tax gains? Jo-Ann Howell takes a look at just what tax relief and benefits are available to home […]

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Beginners Guide to Renovating in France

Written by on December 22, 2015 in Property in France, Renovating in France
Beginners Guide to Renovating in France

Renovating a rundown old farmhouse or barn, a little cottage or even an abandoned chateau in France is an appealing prospect for many of us. For wannabe renovators, France offers a plethora of brilliant opportunities in the country, city and on the coast. Whether it’s a simple fixer-upper or a full-on restoration job here are […]

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Abandoned French Fairy-Tale Chateau Le Mung Being Restored by Expats

Abandoned French Fairy-Tale Chateau Le Mung Being Restored by Expats

Chateau Le Mung is a neglected 800 year old chateau in southwest France, or at least it was until a family in Australia decided to love, honour and restore it…  This is not a DIY job of the type that most of us would consider though many of us would dream of doing just what […]

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Installing a Microstation in France

Written by on November 8, 2013 in Renovating in France, Waste Services, Water
Installing a Microstation in France

  Donna and Dave Faulkner bought a rundown old French farmhouse in Deux-Sevres. Giving up a comfortable life style and jobs in the UK, they’ve never been deterred by any of the major renovation jobs that making this old house warm, dry and comfortable have required. With Dave working full time in France, Donna has […]

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Incorporating French Décor into your home

Written by on October 16, 2013 in French Style, Renovating in France
Incorporating French Décor into your home

  The French have style, even when they are finishing rough masonry (rusticating), and when French Décor is spoken of it usually refers to a French Country style. This interior decorating style incorporates colours from the French countryside and has an Old World feel with regard to its furniture and fabrics. French Décor for the […]

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Grand Designs French House|Deni and Doug become TV stars

Written by on October 10, 2012 in Expats in France, Limousin, Renovating in France with 0 Comments
Grand Designs French House|Deni and Doug become TV stars

  Deni Daniel and Doug Ibbs became TV stars in 2004 when having bought a house in France off the internet  – see our introduction To the Manoir Born Part I and Part II – they were filmed for UK TV’s Grand Designs series rebuilding the wreck of Chez Jallot in Creuse in the  Limousin region. […]

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