About this site

This website has been born from a series of renovation projects that we have undertaken in the south west of France during the past four years. During the course of our own projects – two house renovations and a barn conversion – we spent a lot of time researching methods and practices, and found several sources of information. These tended to be insufficiently detailed and sometimes inaccurate.

Most of the best guides to good practice in renovating property in France are written in French which makes them inaccessible to many people. UK sourced guides usually follow UK practice rather than French practice, and ignore local techniques and materials. This can cause costly mistakes and result in a property that is out of character with its region, or difficult to sell or get maintained. If for example you are importing plumbing materials or a new kitchen from the UK to install in your French property there is a very high chance that you are not taking the cheapest or the best approach to your renovation project.

During our own renovations I kept a diary of one of our projects on our gite rental website. This eventually attracted more visitors than the rental site itself, and generated a lot of interest and queries. However, the diary was written in a very informal and unstructured manner, making it difficult to navigate and to search for specific information. I drifted away from the subject matter rather often. It was also all in one page, which had become excessively long. In this site I have grouped things in a more structured way, and filled in the gaps in information that I had inevitably left in an informal diary. In principle all aspects of renovation in France either are, or will eventually be, covered here.

The ‘renovation factsheets’ contain a great deal of information about the reality of renovation projects in France. If there is an additional subject that you would like to see covered please let us know.

The property discussed in this site can be found in Lot et Garonne if you choose to come here for a holiday!

I have tried to be as informative and accurate as possible through this site, but items do reflect my personal opinions and experiences. I can not under any circumstances be held responsible for any omissions or errors in the site. If you have any doubts at all about any aspects of your project you must always seek expert advice or employ a professional.

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