Wednesday, August 1, 2012

French Property News, August 2012

In this month's issue I have looked buying a new-build property in France. The advantages include having access to the latest building norms - such as the new BBC classification (highest level of energy efficiency), and new rules (NF C 15-100) for electrical installations in new-build properties and total renovations. I point out that French housing estates ('lotissements') are very different from their British counterparts, as most are made up of individually designed homes, each one different from its neighbour.

Many new owners also choose to self-build all or part of their new home, and in Languedoc-Roussillon where I live, builders often the complete the main works ('les gros oeuvres') leaving the owner to complete the internal finishing - partition walls, insulation, plumbing and electrics. Innovative architects are willing to help with all of this process, from initial design through to completion.

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