Le Lavancher Chalet Renovation


The Chamonix area is home to a range of different styles of building and types of architecture. We are lucky enough to work on a great variety of construction and renovation projects old and new for our clients, from extensions and modifications to complete overhauls.

Refitted living area of chalet

Phase 1 involved a complete modernisation of the chalet interior

Most recently, we completed phase 1 of a large renovation project for a client with a property in Le Lavancher.

The client had purchased a spacious but dated chalet. Many areas of the property were in drastic need of improvement, from the old and inadequate heating system to the power, drainage and telecoms. In addition, the general finish and appearance of the property required a considerable update. Faced with these considerable challenges, the owner of the property contacted Pangea to manage and oversee a total renovation

At 230 square metres, this was certainly a big project – which made it an ideal for our experienced team.

Pangea were able to deliver a full “turn-key” approach to the refurbishment. Our client could rest easy in the knowledge that every aspect of the renovation would be carefully and efficiently managed by our team. Phase 1 of the renovation was completed between July 2017 and March 2018 – coming in both on time and on budget – which meant that the owner could visit and enjoy their newly refurbished property over the 2018 Easter holidays.

Chalet bathroom refitted

A modernised bathroom was a welcome addition to the ageing chalet

Phase 1 of the renovations included the vast majority of the internal work as well as a few external jobs; enough to make the property extremely comfortable and perfectly habitable. The work Pangea completed on behalf of the client included:

  • Sourcing and engaging architectural & interior design
  • Managing planning applications & statutory approvals
  • Undertaking a full interior refurbishment including:
  • Demolition of existing interior finishes
  • Installation of plumbing & electrical services
  • New central heating system
  • New bathrooms & WC’s (7 in total)
  • New kitchen installations (3 in total)
  • Partitions & suspended ceilings
  • Full internal redecorations
  • Interior joinery – doors, storage, staircases
  • Sauna installation
  • Home entertainment system
  • Intruder alarm systems
  • Supply & installation of furnishing & soft finishes
  • Exterior works package including:
  • Demolitions to existing external structures
  • Extensive excavation for damp proofing
  • Roof replacement (including Eco roof to garage structure)
  • Extension and formation of garage & utility spaces
  • External timber cladding
  • Utilities rerouting: drainage, rainwater, power, telecoms, fuel tank installation
  • External windows & door replacement

For all renovation projects the team at Pangea Services work with a well established network of trusted local traders and suppliers.

Our experience renovating properties in this region means we know exactly who to call and what to budget for the many different jobs that comprise a full renovation.

Armed with this invaluable knowledge, we are able to complete even large renovations such as this on time and on budget.

New kitchen in chalet

A full kitchen redesign was required to bring the facilities up to a modern standard

Many of our clients live abroad. This presents unique challenges for property owners, so many of our clients find it extremely helpful to have a team on the ground in Chamonix handling the day to day management of their property. As the client hoped to use the property over the Easter holidays, our property management and concierge service came in especially useful. Our team prepared everything for the client’s arrival, ensuring easy entry to the chalet, simple internet access, fully stocked fridges and all the support they could need in order to truly make the most of their Easter holiday.

Refurbished chalet interior

The redesigned interior used warm textures to create a welcoming, homely space

With phase 1 works now complete, the focus shifts to phase 2 – the final transformation needed to make the property truly shine. Phase 2 will see all external rendering and decorations added, installation of the driveway, landscaping and garden design and final installation of the decking and spa. These jobs are expected to be completed in July, just in time for the summer holidays.

Check back later this year for more information about this and other Pangea Services renovation projects in the Chamonix valley. If you are looking to renovate a property in the valley and need the peace of mind knowing everything is being taken care of, why not reach out to our team today for a chat about how we can help? With our local contacts and extensive experience you won’t find a more dependable team to work with. Just take a look at our testimonials to see what our many delighted clients have to say.