As we move into Autumn in the Chamonix valley work continues to progress on budget and on schedule on all our ongoing projects.
Work has been planned to account for the seasons so as to ensure that when winter arrives all the various external weather proofing and drainage infrastructure is in place.
One of our larger renovations currently taking place is a chalet in Le Lavancher.
The project includes not just the main chalet, but two mazots and construction of a separate double garage.
Work on the external garage is moving forward well. The new foundations are now set in place and work on the timber structure is also close to completion. Once fully assembled, our client will be able to fit two large vehicles inside the garage with enough room for comfortable access in and out.
With much of the exterior refurbishment nearing completion, work has also been progressing well on the interior of the chalet and mazots.
Velux windows suited to the changeable weather here in Chamonix have been installed in bedrooms and bathroom areas, an extension has been added to the mazot in readiness for a new wet-room and new double glazed windows and patio doors leading onto an enlarged terrace have been also been completed.
The property has benefited from a full rewire and re-plumb. This work has now been completed, bringing the property in line with modern appliance specifications and readying it for the new bathroom fixtures and fittings
The high quality of the internal fit out is becoming more apparent as this work progresses, the fireplace in particular is already beginning to take shape as a standout feature.
As with all Pangea managed renovations, our work has been able to proceed on schedule and on budget thanks to many years of experience overseeing projects of all sizes.
Our trusted network of fantastic local contractors means our projects are finished to the highest of standards, whilst remaining within realistic budgets.
After a busy and exciting summer, a no-less-exciting Autumn now begins for the team here at Pangea.
Previous visitors to our blog will be familiar with the total renovation of a large chalet in Brevent, which our team has been working on during 2019. Having overcome some access challenges in the early days of the project, work on the extension has been able to progress at pace.
The structure of the extension is now complete, with both walls and rooms in place, bringing home the true scale of the building’s expansion.
Work also continues to move forward on the renovation of the existing structure. In order to bring the build quality of the chalet up to modern standards the stone roof from the original chalet needed to be entirely removed. With the stone off, the entire roof structure was replaced, along with new weather proofing and insulation. Working with only the best contractors in the region, the quality of the workmanship here is second to none. The new roof will have no problem handling the extremes of weather seen in the Chamonix valley for decades to come.
With the structure of the building now all in place, metal double glazed windows and doors have been installed throughout the property and internally contractors are making good progress installing the internal wiring, which will ultimately be concealed in the floors, walls and ceilings (also now going into place) bringing much of the image of the final property into focus.
All in all we are extremely pleased to see this project taking shape. The excellent progress being made under our watch is of course great news for our client, who is often not able to be in Chamonix in person due to commitments elsewhere.
We are currently working on a major renovation project in Le Lavancher, which is on schedule for completion in December 2019.
The project incorporates extensive refurbishment of a chalet, a garage and two mazots. Like many of our projects, this is a full turnkey solution, starting with the demolition of an existing garage structure and full strip back to shell of the main chalet and mazots. These digital renders illustrate the scale of the property.
The renovation is a large project comprised of many different and specialised works. The main chalet will ultimately include 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an open plan lounge and dining area, kitchen, cinema room and a games room. In total the project will cover 180 square metres.
The first mazot will include a lounge & living room, a mezzanine level with staircase and an extension bathroom/WC.
The second mazot will include a lounge/living room and a bathroom/WC.
The rebuilt garage will be double sized to accommodate two vehicles.
With such a fast track project to deliver, proper planning is essential to stay on schedule.
Our team first breaks the project down into phases and then draws upon our previous experience to make accurate estimates for completion of each phase. This allows us to accurately track progress along the way.
Major excavations are now well underway in the garden of the property. Extensive work is required in order to establish new service routes for mains sewerage, rainwater and power. As soon as this is complete the earth will be moved back into place, allowing garden landscaping to begin.
Due to the age of the property and the scale of the work taking place, an electrical rewire is essential. Modern features including underfloor heating and new lighting will be installed. New plumbing and heating systems will also be fitted to bring the hot/cold/waste/extract systems and boiler up to modern specifications.
Following the completion of the rewire, work will begin on the new architectural interior, including new internal ceilings, walls, timber floors, installation of the new bathroom suites, tiling and installation of the new bespoke fitted kitchen and joinery.
For the exterior, work is currently underway on enlarging the existing decked terrace, sandblasting of the external timbers & re-staining of the wood to ensure a weatherproof and attractive finish.
External render finishes will also receive a paint finish to complete the facade overhaul.
Whilst the existing roof is largely to be retained, we will be upgrading the insulation internally to improve the energy efficiency of the property as well as installing several velux windows to provide additional natural light to the bedrooms and hallway on the 2nd floor.
Our team ensure the project continues to move forward on schedule by coordinating with the many different contractors working on the property to ensure all are able to proceed as quickly and efficiently as possible. The project began in April 2019 and will meet a deadline of December 2019, allowing the client to enjoy their chalet over the winter holiday period. Now that the project is well underway keep an eye on our blog for more updates as it continues to progress.
It has been a busy few weeks here at Pangea Services with some large scale renovation projects now fully underway. As usual, our projects remain on schedule and on budget, using only the best contractors in the region to carry out some impressive structural transformations.
One of our major construction projects in Brevent is now well underway. We have now set up our temporary site office, essential for a project of this size and duration. From here our team can easily meet with all contractors and the client on site to review plans and discuss progress.
With major excavations being carried out all around the chalet, we quickly discovered that the original foundations of the property required upgrading. We needed to recast a concrete footing to properly support the building and to allow us to install the damp proof membrane to adequately protect the structure from the weather in the region.
Our team have plenty of experience with renovations like these and the key to keeping things on schedule is proper planning. With such major structural work taking place, it was essential to work in stages to avoid destabilising the building. Throughout the process we remain in contact with the client and the builders, providing realistic estimates of the time required to complete each section of recasting and membrane installation.
The building facia has now been fully stripped away and will eventually be replaced once work on the foundations has been completed. The aged slate roof can then be stripped away too, ready for replacement with more uniform slate finish, which will complete the exterior facelift.
Pangea renovation projects cover buildings of all sizes, this particular project is certainly on the larger end of the scale.
We are currently in the process of delivering a full turnkey solution for a property which we had managed under its previous owners. We are on track to finish the project by Autumn 2020.
To give you a sense of the scale, this Chalet in Brevent has 6 bedrooms, 6 ensuite bathrooms, a separate lounge and dining room, a kitchen, skiroom, laundry room, cinema room, gym, wellness area (including a sauna, hammam and shower room) and a terrace area which includes a spa.
The work required on the property is extensive, with a full strip back to shell and roof removal required. We are also working with architects on an extension, which requires both external excavation and damp proofing.
Looking ahead, the chalet will be kitted out with an entirely modern domotics system; a popular choice amongst our clients, which will control the lighting, climate, entertainment systems and appliances.
We are planning the installation of underfloor heating in all the bathrooms, new lighting in all rooms and a heated external driveway. Full plumbing infrastructure modifications will be needed as well, including hot/cold/waste/extract systems, a boiler and a fuel tank.
Work on the architectural interior will include the installation of new internal ceilings, walls (painted with some wood panelling) and timber/tiled floors. The 6 bathrooms will be divided into wetrooms and master bathroom suites. All the kitchen appliances and joinery, including storage units, seating area and office area will be installed with bespoke designs, alongside the aforementioned wellness area with hammam, sauna and wash facilities.
For the architectural exterior, all windows and doors will need replacing, and our client requires a new decked terrace including a hot tub. The property will have a beautiful slate roof and contemporary glazed extension structures. The area surrounding the property will require full hard and soft external landscaping, and we will also need to completely renovate an external garage, replacing the electrics, windows, roof and walls with render finish.
This is a large job and all together it will take 18 months. The bulk of the work will be completed between April 2019 and July 2020. The demolition is already complete, everything else will be split across four phases:
Phase 1 – The property will be waterproofed by Summer 2019.
Phase 2 – From Summer 2019, we will begin all internal refurbishments over 45 weeks.
Phase 3 – All garden landscaping, heated driveway installation, wood and stone exterior finishes will commence in Spring 2020 with completion Autumn 2020
Phase 4 – Finally in Autumn 2020 all furniture will be moved into the property in time for the winter season.
As you can see, this project will require us to employ a wide variety of our team’s skills. Our extensive experience navigating local planning regulations helps us keep to the schedule, whilst our tried-and-tested network of trusted contractors ensures we are able to stick to the budget and deliver the kind of premium quality finish our client requires.
As the project is ongoing, we’ll continue to provide updates on progress. In the meantime, if you’re planning a construction or renovation project in the valley don’t hesitate to get in touch. No project is too complex for our team.