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Calculating habitable space

Surfaces de plancher and Emprise de Sol are the new ways of working out habitable space and footprint. As for…

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Buying a property to renovate in France

Many of the properties for sale come with that key caveat.. they ‘need work’. Our topic host shares tips for buying a property to renovate in France.

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Calculating habitable space

Surfaces de plancher and Emprise de Sol are the new ways of working out habitable space and footprint. As for the wider implications, well it could save you a tidy sum.

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A guide to hiring an artisan

All you need to know to you find the artisan who will help you realise your dream in France – rather than wreck it. These pointers are meant to help both renovators and artisans make sure that the experience is a productive and enjoyable one.

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Property purchase: boundary and easement provisions

When purchasing property in France, the transfer deed prepared by the notaire will often specify that in the event of any error in the description of any easements affecting the property, the purchaser has no right of recourse against the vendor.

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Whether it’s a contemporary or a more traditional look you are after – Woodwarm Stoves France supply innovation and attention to detail …

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Your kitchen is the heart of your home

Kitchens are about food, family and friendship, and shared meals, stories and fun. We seek to provide the perfect backdrop for these special moments. Your kitchen should be a unique space which works perfectly and enhances your quality of life.

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English paint delivered to your door in France

French paint is very expensive and most times of an inferior quality. Well there is now a way in which you can put the pleasure back into your DIY. UK Paint Depot is in its third year of delivering English paint to the doors of expats and French people in the know in France.

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The Best of British Paint delivered to France

It’s amazing how many people have an issue with paint in France. Next to finding a good cup of tea there isn’t many things that have annoyed the average expat in France (well maybe a couple of others). French paint is renowned for being expensive and inferior to English paint…

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How To Point Your French Stone Property

It’s not too difficult to get right but all too easy to get it wrong. Pointing a stone wall is a fairly major renovation task, but one that is not out of the reach of the competent DIY enthusiast.

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Certificat d’urbanisme (CU)

If you are looking at a conversion project in France, or even a plot of land on which to build, a piece of legislation you will need to be familiar with is the certificat d’urbanisme.

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What should you expect?

Renovating and decorating a house in France can be very different from what you’re used to – especially when it comes to methods and materials