We’ve been very busy in recent months, and a lot of our work has revolved around a large renovation project we just completed on a chalet in Le Lavancher.

The owner had bought the property knowing it needed a lot of work, so they looked to Pangea Services for our expertise, and we did not disappoint!  

Even before we entered the property, it was clear it hadn’t been very well maintained in the past. Old, uneven paving led up to the chalet, and the stone steps were a potential hazard. The wooden exterior of the property was faded and the outdoor storage areas were falling apart. There was a shed but no garage – which our client really needed if he was going to be able to protect his vehicles from the Chamonix weather – and the overgrown, uneven garden was definitely in need of landscaping before it could be enjoyed properly.

The inside was very dated, had damp issues and was full of wood panelling which hadn’t aged particularly well. Natural light was an issue, and the whole layout of the property made it feel cramped. It was clear that all the old electrics needed to come out so that it was fit for modern appliances, and a new system needed to be installed. There was evidence of water damage around the old bathroom fittings, and the kitchen fittings weren’t up to scratch either.

A big, multifaceted job like this is exactly the kind of project we thrive on. It needed a lot of work, inside and out, and that’s why the owner came to us. We were able to completely transform the property, from the surrounding grounds to the interior, on schedule and on budget.

We landscaped the garden and restored the exterior steps and paving to create a beautiful outdoor space, and we teamed up with our trusted local network of construction experts to build a new garage next to the property.

We replaced the wooden paneling on the exterior of the property and added a new roof and windows to properly protect it from the elements and make it more energy efficient. Prior to our renovation, the property’s small windows let in very little natural light, to solve the problem we added new, larger windows – some floor to ceiling – and extended the outdoor space by making the balconies bigger, too.

The interior required a complete refit and redesign, and our client was particularly happy with the stunning wooden paneling we installed. We worked with some of the best architects in Chamonix to maximise the utility of the larger windows by creating a more open floor plan which made better use of the available space. We created a kitchen and open plan living area designed to be a joy to come back to after a long day on the mountains, and a beautiful marble bathroom was added with a modernised with a new bath/shower and a new walk-in shower with full length glass walls. The new boiler we installed ensures that enough hot water can get to each bathroom, even if they are being used simultaneously.

Further work included:

  • Designing and building a delightful new spa & sauna room
  • Installing a modern fuel heating system
  • Sourcing new, reliable appliances
  • Sourcing new furniture, all perfectly matched to feel of the new space

 

 

All of our work was completed on schedule, allowing our client to enjoy the property this summer before opening up the chalet to guests and visitors. We also continue to carry out maintenance work on an ongoing basis while the owners are living abroad – taking care of the garden, appliances, laundry, deliveries, further exterior work and any repairs and updates.

Do you need help with a chalet renovation in Chamonix? Or help with property management whilst living in another country? With Pangea, you can rest easy knowing you’re being taken care of by the best in the business. If you have any questions about the work we do, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.