Here at AlpStudio our philosophy is to create imaginative yet practical spaces, designing beautiful buildings our clients will love living in. Established by Tom Searby and Andy Wilson, AlpStudio are based in Samoëns in the French Alps and we have 25 years of design experience, both in the UK and here in France.

Our clients are at the heart of our work of course, and we believe in working closely with you in order to make your dream project become a reality. Our combined experience in architecture, design, visualisation, project management, and construction means we can achieve exactly that.



Our Approach

Our projects are thoughtful, innovative, and refined in their detail. We believe that great architecture is distilled in the details and should simplify not just the construction process but also the spaces they define. We believe the importance of thinking about the detail applies to all projects – from small garages and extensions, to renovation and new build.

We also believe that great architecture requires excellent communication and we will work closely with you to help define your brief, plan the building budget, and to explain the rather complex planning and building processes here in France. Our aim is to delight you with our design and also our service.



We often work with expatriates with a home, or looking for a home, here in the French Alps. We understand that extending, renovating, or building a new home when you live overseas, or are from a different country, can be overwhelming and we’re here to help make the process as straightforward as possible. If this is the case for you, you may find our list of 7 things you need to know about planning in France helpful, you can find this on our website.


Our services


Perhaps you are considering purchasing a property that needs some changes to make it fulfil your needs?

Or maybe you already have an alpine home that you would like to update or extend? Or you are considering purchasing land and building your dream ski chalet from scratch?

AlpStudio provide a feasibility study for 1,160€ giving you creative ideas, sketches and also information about planning limitations to help inform your decision making before committing.


You can view an example of a feasibility study here.


Our other services include :
• Architecture and design
• Planning applications
• Creating 3D images to help you
see how spaces will feel
• Technical plans for construction
• Sourcing building contractors
• Site project management (maître d’œuvre)
• Interior design

It can be overwhelming to know where to start with your project and to know when a designer or architect can help you. Our 8 step chart shows the different stages and, we hope, clearly explains the type of work AlpStudio can help you with.



Whether you are considering a partial or complete renovation, an extension, a garage or other small project, or new chalet we hope you will choose AlpStudio.



As we’ve said already, working closely with our clients really is very important to us and so we’d like to share a couple of client testimonials with you:






“Empathy, amazingly creative thinking, fabulous ideas and great experience! Communication was excellent throughout the process and [AlpStudio] understood perfectly what we wanted to achieve. We LOVE our mountain home and we are very happy to highly recommended [AlpStudio]”. – Susie & Gerry, Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval



“We found [AlpStudio] to be extremely professional, friendly and helpful right from the start of the project and they helped us develop our initial ideas into a full design with budget estimates. They prepared and submitted all of the documentation required to successfully obtain the Permis de Construire from the Mairie. […] always willing to support and advise us through the whole process. We would highly recommend [AlpStudio] for any renovation design work”. – Chris & Kirsty, Taninges


If you would like to chat with us about your potential project, please use the form below or call us on +33 (0) 6 71 85 92 76. Alternatively, you can send an enquiry email but please ensure to provide a brief description of your project.


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28 Route de Piaz, 74340 Samoëns

Tel: +33 (0) 6 71 85 92 76

Email: [email protected]