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A step by step guide to buying and renovating your French property. Learn about the various steps necessary to renew and renovate an old house in the Charente, and get tips and key contact details for obtaining building permission. More Info

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Renovating the Dream

Renovating the Dream

Renovating the dream – The build

March 28, 2017 by Lost in France

Whatever your project, large or small here are a few of the crucial elements,tips and tricks to see you through your build. Having carefully selected your building contractor by comparing,… Read more…

Obtaining Quotes; do’s and don’ts – this is where your project succeeds or fails.

February 6, 2017 by Lost in France

Congratulations!  You’ve got plans, consent and are, by now, very keen to start turning your dreams into reality. The tendency is to get this stage done and dusted as quickly as possible, to get… Read more…

Renovating the dream – Planning consent – the small print

December 28, 2016 by Lost in France

When you have finally received consent for your works, without too many delays, revisions and resubmissions, it will be time to get some quotes in and crack on with the… Read more…

Conservation… Why can’t I change my windows to UPVC?

December 2, 2016 by Lost in France

We all appreciate beutiful buildings whatever the style or era, just as we do with picturesque little hamlets & villages. Isn’t it a pleasure to sit in a beautiful treelined square at a… Read more…

Conservation – DON’T PANIC!

November 2, 2016 by Lost in France

Conservation If your property or project is itself protected, it is situated in a protected or historic area, or if you are within 500m of a protected monument, a copy… Read more…

Renovating the dream – Planning Application – Permis de Construire

August 26, 2016 by Lost in France

  The ‘Demande de Permis de Constuire” or planning application as we would know it in the UK, is a single dossier containing all the required applications drawings and designs… Read more…

Renovating the dream – Planning part 2 – Useful information

August 17, 2016 by Lost in France

Planning Planning permissions are another area of building or renovating a property in France which differs from the UK system – not greatly but the differences can seem extremely confusing,-… Read more…

Renovating the dream – Planning – part 1 – CU

August 4, 2016 by Lost in France

Having bought our ideal holiday home in a great location, it was time to start thinking about the realities of turning a ruin into a cosy retreat. In fact, in… Read more…

Categories: CU

Renovating the dream – Buying with confidence

August 4, 2016 by Lost in France

So you’ve finally found your dream home. Whether it has taken three months or three years (as our search did), you’ve decided at last. The search is over, and it… Read more…

Renovating the dream – The inspiration

August 4, 2016 by Lost in France

Having spent 3 years searching France for a holiday home we settled on the Charente as a charming area with good all year round temperatures, lovely scenery, lots of historic… Read more…

Categories: Introduction