External Alterations

My clients for this project have a window company in the UK, specialising in bi-fold doors and bespoke window systems.

The house is a typical detached village house which in this case provides a great deal of scope for opening up the interior ground floor rooms to provide a contemporary feel.

As part of this dream they want to install bi-folding windows across eighty percent of the rear wall opening onto a terrace and new in-ground swimming pool. In addition replacement aluminium windows were required and sloping/vertical combination windows to the first floor where the eaves of the property are low.

A Déclaration Préalable was required for the external alterations, and a Permis de Construire including demolition approval for the new pool and infill of the existing one.

Within 500 metres of the village church, these plans needed to be approved by the Architect de Bâtiments de France.

See The Plan: external alterations

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The daunting task of how to seek planning approval in England is a costly and thankless challenge. To do the same in a foreign country with rules that seem alien and without a decent grasp on the language, we were almost resigned to our dream home remaining exactly as we bought it - tired and barely habitable. Until we were introduced to Helen Parsons of Ladybuild. Not only did she help convert our vision into a viable building project, she dealt with the entire process of getting the necessary paperwork passed and even sourced the materials. Helen has always been more than attentive to all our requirements, nothing seems to be too much trouble and everything has been handled in a refreshingly professional manner. I would happily recommend Helen for any building project.

White Rose Windows March 28, 2017