Renovating in France

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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To the Manoir Born | Running a gite business in France

To the Manoir Born | Running a gite business in France

  Denise (Deni) Daniel and Doug Ibbs purchased a house in the Creuse Region in Limousin, France. They had found it while browsing the internet on a whim and two days after they first saw it, they flew out from the UK and bought it on the spot. In part I of their story we […]

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Fosse Septique France – rules and requirements

Written by on July 20, 2012 in Renovating in France, Waste Services, Water
Fosse Septique France – rules and requirements

Anyone who has a home in France and is not connected to mains sewage will be affected by the rules, requirements and legislation affecting the Fosse Septique – the alternative means of treating waste water. Who better to explain what it all means than the experts at  Fosse France Solutions who are an independent supplier […]

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Protecting your home in France against cold

Written by on July 10, 2012 in Renovating in France
Protecting your home in France against cold

Colin Peake, our guest correspondent from the France Forum is a man who has plenty of experience in dealing with preparing second homes in France to deal with the problems that cold winters may bring.  Not making sure your beloved French holiday home is protected from the cold – whether it is for prolonged periods or […]

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Planning Permission in France

Written by on December 28, 2011 in Renovating in France
Planning Permission in France

Understanding the rules of planning permission in France can be a tricky business and gaining permission to build or alter a property can be time consuming to achieve.  It’s something we at The Good Life France have all experienced for ourselves at one time or another, either for renovating, adding to for a new build. […]

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What is Torchis?

Written by on December 1, 2011 in Renovating in France
What is Torchis?

I’ve heard this quite a few times since I came to France.  Although my own home has no torchis or at least none that you can see, many of my non-French neighbours have come across this term when planning their own renovations as French neighbours will often comment that the “torchis needs doing” in French of […]

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Renovate a house in France

Written by on November 30, 2011 in Renovating in France
Renovate a house in France

Renovating a property in France The term “property for renovation” can be very vague – it could involve minor decoration and rewiring, it could mean a new roof or it could mean you are buying 4 walls, no roof and dirt floors! Depending on what your budget is for renovation of a property in France, […]

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