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Expanding downwardsEh… 3 http://architectesud.fr/eh-3/ http://architectesud.fr/eh-3/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:39:34 +0000 http://architectesud.fr/?p=195 These clients had a tall house in the heart of a historic hilltop town and a courtyard garden. They wanted to create a separate library to house a much-loved collection of books, as part of an independent self-catering apartment for … Continue reading

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These clients had a tall house in the heart of a historic hilltop town and a courtyard garden. They wanted to create a separate library to house a much-loved collection of books, as part of an independent self-catering apartment for friends or rental guests. There was no possibility to expand outwards so we went downwards into a musty cellar with access to the street and the courtyard at the back. The budget was limited and space at an absolute premium.

The result works well, with a spacious bedroom-sitting room with en-suite bathroom, minimal but functional kitchen and the library. Once cleaned up, the original stone walls brought light and architectural interest to what could have been a poky basement. Instead light floods in from both sides and enhances this comfortable and practical pied-à-terre.

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Medieval MonasteryMonastère médieval http://architectesud.fr/monestery/ http://architectesud.fr/monestery/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:34:57 +0000 http://architectesud.fr/?p=190 Our clients have taken on a unique and beautiful monastery and chapel in the Pyrénnées Orientales near the Spanish border, dating from the 13th and late 16th centuries. We were taken on by them to pilot and oversee the renovation … Continue reading

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Our clients have taken on a unique and beautiful monastery and chapel in the Pyrénnées Orientales near the Spanish border, dating from the 13th and late 16th centuries. We were taken on by them to pilot and oversee the renovation and restoration of a great deal of the existing building, which has been badly abused over the 200 years. While there are many hurdles to be overcome as it is inscribed as a Monument Historique, the rewards of the restoration are already wonderfully apparent.

We guided the clients through the paperwork and archaeological reports required for planning permission, and by working with the French Ministry of Culture and local specialists we managed to obtain government grants towards the historical restoration. We are now coming to the end of the first of 3 main stages – renovating half of the original monastic quarters by removing all 19th century and 20th alterations and creating 3 simple but beautiful bedrooms, (with 21st century bathrooms…) Below these we have opened up the whole of the only remaining cloister arcade and created a magical space which leads out into the cloister garden by means of a 20-metre minimalist sliding glass screen.

We have put in under-floor heating fired by a wood pellet boiler. Insulation is largely hemp panels finished with a natural lime render. Most of the joinery has been custom-made.

We will shortly be moving onto the other half of the monastery living quarters before restoring the adjoining chapel, funds permitting. Watch this space!

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Creating More SpacePlus d’espace http://architectesud.fr/creating_space/ http://architectesud.fr/creating_space/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:26:52 +0000 http://architectesud.fr/?p=185 This challenging project was a renovation of a stone farmhouse, which was beautifully built, but a warren of rooms and little staircases. The clients wanted to increase the usable space by giving easy access to all floors. The design evolved … Continue reading

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This challenging project was a renovation of a stone farmhouse, which was beautifully built, but a warren of rooms and little staircases. The clients wanted to increase the usable space by giving easy access to all floors. The design evolved by creating an extension to give space for a main staircase of elegant proportions, and to be harmoniously integrated into the original building.

Working closely with the clients, we made sure every detail was perfect. A new kitchen and hallway were created, as well as bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms in the attics. Lucarne windows, harmonising with the existing architectural style, were built to bring extra light to these attic rooms. We had earlier worked with these clients to install a large swimming pool with roller cover.

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Barn renovationRénovation d’une grange http://architectesud.fr/bournac/ http://architectesud.fr/bournac/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:17:44 +0000 http://architectesud.fr/?p=179 We started with two empty stone barns on a hill. We transformed them into a family home featuring a spacious open-plan ground floor kitchen-living area with a large inside-outside terrace. Downstairs on the lower ground floor we created 4 bedrooms … Continue reading

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We started with two empty stone barns on a hill. We transformed them into a family home featuring a spacious open-plan ground floor kitchen-living area with a large inside-outside terrace. Downstairs on the lower ground floor we created 4 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and views across the valley. All the artisans used were from within a 10km radius. The under-floor heating is run by an air-to-liquid heat pump, there are solar panels for water-heating.

 

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Compact holiday homeCompacte maison secondaire http://architectesud.fr/bird/ http://architectesud.fr/bird/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:05:12 +0000 http://architectesud.fr/?p=169 This project was a wonderful challenge: A one-storey, dark, north-and-east-facing house in an historic hilltop town with no vehicular access, in need of a total redesign and update. The existing floor area was 80 sq.m. with an uncovered veranda. Our … Continue reading

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This project was a wonderful challenge: A one-storey, dark, north-and-east-facing house in an historic hilltop town with no vehicular access, in need of a total redesign and update. The existing floor area was 80 sq.m. with an uncovered veranda. Our brief was to maximise the space and make the most of the views and light. The clients wanted 2 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, laundry, open-plan eating/kitchen/living room that nonetheless retained some corners for individual activities. Due to its location, every exterior design detail had to be approved by the Architectes de Bâtiments de France.

The roof was removed and redone, the outside veranda roofed and enclosed, with one wall largely in glass. We opened up the inside to the sloping ceilings, maximised light and insulated for warmth. Under-floor heating and summer cooling was provided by an air-to-liquid heat pump. As our clients were based in Australia, we took on every detail, down to organising curtains and decorators. Everything was done to the highest standards. The result was light and airy, and a great success. When not using it themselves, our clients rent it out extremely successfully as a holiday let.

Owners’ comments on the rental website : “We were fortunate to find a wonderful team of artisans and an architect who gave the house a totally new design whilst retaining the essence of a village home.”

And rental guests said :
“Once we got inside the house our breath was taken away again by the quality of the fit out – it’s superb and lacking in nothing.”
“This wonderful property has been designed to a very high standard and we would recommend it to anyone. You would like your own home to be like this property.”

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Ground floor makeover‘Relooking’ rez-de-chaussée http://architectesud.fr/ruine-castle/ http://architectesud.fr/ruine-castle/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:55:26 +0000 http://architectesud.fr/?p=127 We were taken on to follow through a project for start to finish: the total renovation of the ground floor of a large house in the Basque Country. As you can see from the “Before” photos below, it was dark … Continue reading

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We were taken on to follow through a project for start to finish: the total renovation of the ground floor of a large house in the Basque Country. As you can see from the “Before” photos below, it was dark and tired. We knocked through to create a big airy kitchen, with a separate living room where we opened up the windows into double doors going out onto the terrace.

Perhaps a fairly standard renovation, but the unique feature of this project was that the clients were living in Canada and working out the last year of a contract: they didn’t visit once from the moment they selected, with us, the team of workmen until the day they signed off the project. Their trust was not misplaced: all went like clockwork and together with the superb local Basque artisans we achieved a terrific result.

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In 2011 we started a partly new built house on the ruines of an old Farm…

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