As part of our Project Management service Simon Lane LLP can provide a full and detailed Project Plan with illustrations down to task level, allowing you to understand and keep track of progress.
Each Project Plan is based on a 'Critical Path' time frame and shows all major and minor milestones, along with target dates and details of any obligatory French permit applications required.
Our aim is to provide you with as much information as possible at each stage of your project so that you are fully aware, from the outset, of the level of involvement of all parties.
SOURCING OF FRENCH ARTISANS
Simon Lane LLP helps you to identify the capability and availability of artisans appropriate to your project. While we encourage clients to engage local artisans wherever possible, we are equally happy to work with your preferred trades people in achieving the objectives of your individual project.
Contracts are made directly with the client, in which case it is important to ensure that only those French artisans able to prove their registration with their local chamber of trade (Chambre des Métiers) should be engaged.
SOURCING OF MATERIALS
Building materials in France can be very different to those used in the UK. There is a common misconception that buying fixtures and fittings at home can save you money; special offers at UK stores can be very tempting. Unfortunately some items could cause more problems and cost in the long-term.
The following examples show some frequently made mistakes:
- UK taps (both sink and basin) fit 15mm copper pipe, whereas in France 12mm
pipe is used as standard
- UK pendant light fittings and wall switches do not comply with French regulations
and, in addition, are sized differently
- Windows in France open inwards in order to allow access to shutters, whereas UK windows open outwards
French building materials also differ quite significantly
to those used in the UK:
- French plaster requires a lot more skill to apply than English
- French building sand is more akin to UK sharp sand, and varies
in quality from region to region
- French prepared wood for skirting boards architraves etc can often
be of poor quality
Simon Lane LLP is able to provide advice on opportunities for cost savings and the best solutions for your project from the start.
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