At Pangea Services we have carried out renovation projects on buildings with all kinds of unique architectural designs, this project was a continuation of that theme.
The Chamonix area is home to a wide variety of different styles of architecture. From extensions and modifications to complete overhauls, we are lucky to work on a great variety of construction and renovation projects. In this case, we delivered a full turnkey solution for a beautifully modern home in a remote part of the valley.
Unfortunately, the new owners had purchased a chalet which had been poorly renovated and it was therefore necessary to undo much of this work to make way for the improvements planned. Having managed many demolition and renovation projects before, our team were a perfect fit.
Much of the building was stripped back to facilitate the remodelling of the interior layout. Co-ordinating with our network of trusted local contractors, we arranged for a partial rewire during this time to improve and expand the electrical supply throughout the building. Much of the plumbing infrastructure also needed rebuilding, adding hot/cold/waste/extraction systems to support the redesigned bathrooms, wet-room and wellness area (hammam & sauna).
New electric underfloor heating systems were installed to bathrooms and redesigned lighting was installed throughout the chalet, further enhancing the feel of interior space.
The architectural interior required extensive modification to bring it up to the standard required by the new owners. We oversaw the installation of new internal ceilings, floors, walls and a mezzanine structure making use of attractive wooden panelling wherever possible to bring an air of light and warmth to the chalet in line with the vision of the client.
Our expertise enables us to deliver whatever features and modifications our clients’ desire. In this case we arranged fitment of two bespoke kitchens, including appliances and of course all the bespoke joinery required for a seamless finish. The property was completed with the addition of a hammam, sauna and a new decked terrace with hot tub.
The project was delivered on time, ready for the Client’s summer holidays in their new home in the Alps. Despite the property’s relatively remote location, all work was undertaken during the snow filled winter months (no mean feat considering the area received up to 4 metres of snow during this period).
If you are looking for an extensive overhaul to a property in the Chamonix valley, or even small renovations and extensions, the team at Pangea Services are here to help manage and deliver your project on time. Get in touch today and find out how we can deliver your dream home in the mountains.
Co-property 17 involved the total renovation of an apartment interior in Brevent – including a full re-wire and installation of a new heating system, giving the Pangea team a chance to demonstrate their expertise in navigating the complex legislation regarding developing within French apartment blocks.
The 100m2 property was located inside a block with around 100 others, managed by a ‘co-property.’ As is standard in these cases, some potential changes to the interior, as well as any made to the exterior, must be signed off by the landlord – a complex bureaucratic process. Thankfully Pangea have plenty of experience renovating within apartment blocks, having worked on the vast majority of co-properties in the Chamonix Valley already.
Our clients find this experience invaluable, we can easily advise on what can and can’t be done to this kind of property, including specific restrictions regarding demolitions and time-of-year restrictions on modifications to the heating system.
In the case of this apartment in Brevent, Pangea delivered a full turnkey solution. The medium sized apartment features an open plan lounge dining area, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen and a guest WC. We completed a full strip back to shell and renovation within 5 months, delivering the project on time for use during the Christmas holidays of 2018.
The dated electrics meant that the property required a full rewire to support the latest appliances and repositioning of sockets and fixtures. With the property stripped back to shell, Pangea arranged the installation of a completely new plumbing infrastructure, including hot, cold, waste and extraction systems. Complex liaison with the co-property building management was required for the replacement radiators, which were then connected to a home automation system. Co-property authorisation was also required for the external works, namely the modern, energy efficient replacement windows and doors. To fully modernise, we installed a domotics system, which is a popular home automation system allowing the owner to control lighting, climate, entertainment systems and appliances locally or remotely via a phone app. Underfloor heating was installed in the bathrooms and the lighting design added the final touches to a beautiful, modern apartment.
The architectural interior required new internal ceilings and walls. Exquisite timber floors complemented wooden panelled walls and a bespoke fitted kitchen, including appliances. A theme of dusky greys and blacks ran throughout. Some rooms required wall/floor tiling, including a wet-room shower and a master bathroom suite. We worked with the client to deliver exactly what they were looking for in terms of interior furnishings, including storage units and bunk beds, creating an efficient and aesthetically pleasing space.
For many who are looking to improve a property in the Chamonix valley, especially those who do not permanently live nearby, keeping on top of a renovation project is nigh on impossible. We take the reins, offering a primary point of contact on the ground and overseeing the entire project from start to finish. This case study was a great example of our ability to work constructively with local actors such as co-property management, which can so often trip people up when they’re attempting to refurbish an apartment. Despite these challenges, we kept the project moving along smoothly, finishing on time and delivering exactly what our client was looking for.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
We are often approached by new owners of properties in the Chamonix area who are seeking a complete renovation service. In these cases, such as this project in Les Nants, we are able to draw on our full range of services. Here, we initially set about improving the infrastructure of the building, before completely refitting the interior. As you can see, the end result was a fantastic finish and we continue to keep in close contact with the client to provide ongoing management services.
For many who are looking to improve a property in the Chamonix valley, especially those who do not permanently live nearby, keeping on top of a renovation project is nigh on impossible. This is why we take the reigns, providing a primary point of contact on the ground and overseeing the entire project from start to finish. For this particular property, we worked closely with an interior design team, providing consultation on the structural requirements needed to realise the client’s vision and then turning those designs into reality.
To begin with, we performed a thorough survey in order to create a detailed specification for the renovation. Our experience working on properties in various states of repair means we can quickly identify the necessary work needed early on. In this case, a partial electrical rewire was called for, as well as the installation of a new central heating system. These upgrades would be necessary to meet the intended rental demands the Client is seeking and to enable adequate power supplies for new sauna and spa installations in the property.
We’re well acquainted with the technical requirements of luxury facilities such as the sauna fitted here; it’s always a popular feature in an iconic skiing area as there’s no better way to relax after a day on the slopes!
Our aim is always to realise the full potential of a property, ensuring that the work we carry out will be of the highest standard. In order to achieve this, we work with a number of selected specialists who have a proven track record. By making sure we plan properly during the early stages we avoid surprises later in the project. Every property we work on is built to last, which can save significant amounts of money in the long run.
With onsite management throughout to coordinate and monitor all aspects of the project, we can keep a close eye on progress and keep our clients fully informed as the project progresses. Not only do we handle the organisation of sub-contractors and the sourcing of material, we carry out thorough audits at key stages of the project which ensures that even the most ambitious projects are delivered on time and on budget.
Our work doesn’t just end with the completion of the project. We value that our customers continue their relationship with us, often trusting us with the ongoing maintenance and care of their property. For many who are not native to Chamonix, we are able to take the stress out of upkeep; from dealing with local bureaucracy and setting up the wi-fi, to mowing the lawn and getting things ready for the next arrival. We’re able to perform a seamless transition from finishing a refit to maintaining the property to the same standard for years to come, as well as providing a friendly, welcoming face for the next visit.
“We started working with Pangea to renovate and manage an old chalet that we purchased six months ago. They have helped us to transform it completely into what is now a bright, modern and lovely chalet. We are hugely impressed with the finish of the works and the warm and professional level of service they have provided both on the renovation and on the property management. Working with them has saved us a tremendous amount of hassle and has always been a complete pleasure. We look forward to continuing our relationship for a long time.”