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START BUILDING YOUR NEW LIFE
IN FRANCE.
A French-English architectural support service to help you achieve your expatriation in France. 

Have you put off an architectural project or even postponed works in France because you don’t speak fluent French?

Are you unsure of building regulations and procedures?

Maybe you have found your dream property and already imagine your new life in France.

 

  • Your skills in French are insufficient which has stopped you from progressing further on your project. 

  • You are unaware of project procedures and building regulations in France which  has stopped you from starting your construction or renovation project. 

  • You do not know costs in order to build your new home or improve your  living space in France.

  • You do not live in France yet and the long-distance creates difficulties in realising your architectural project. 

  • You do not have the time available to embark on the construction or the  improvement of your property in France alone

  • You do not know the right architect contacts in France to explore the feasibility of the project

  • You have met architects in France, but you have yet to establish any rapport or trust with them. 

DO YOU RECOGNISE YOURSELF IN THESE STATEMENTS ?

Many British people and families wishing to settle and invest in property in France have been slowed down with their project because of these issues.

However, by meeting the right architect who will support you and give you the French-English expertise, expatriates can realise their dream home and new life more quickly. 

IMAGINE, WHEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THAT YOUR ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT IN FRANCE CAN BE DONE, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO…

 

  • Find a bilingual architect who will deal with all project procedures for you. 

  • Stay within your budget. 

  • Succeed in your move and expatriation in France in spite of the language barrier.

  • Achieve your dream project at your own pace, in separate stages (over months or years) or in one-go.

  • Surround yourself with the best team (architect, engineer, contractors, workers , etc.) who will focus their work on enhancing the architectural heritage of the property which attracted you. 

  • Develop your property investments in France.​

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Furthermore from architectural support service and simplified project procedures, it’s a real help and assistance for your move to France you will benefit:

From your dream of purchasing a property and of your expatriation in France with all the stress and doubts it will bring to you because of the barrier of language and the lack of knowledges to an serene installation in France and a move in the house of your dreams.

You will be guided step by step, in English, for the whole process of your project, and be relieved of any stress brought by French project procedures and the negotiations with different stakeholders.

My architectural qualifications and my work experience in France alongside my English speaking skills and knowledge of British culture has allowed me to create this unique vision of architecture.

APPROACH

I help British people and families build their dream house and succeed in their move to France. 

This architectural support service has been created to meet your needs, to assist you in your renovation, construction, extension projects and in your overall expatriation in France. 

This architectural service which covers different types of projects from renovation and amendments on heritage buildings, to new constructions and extensions, helps clients manage their projects, whilst staying within budget and their move to France.

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#FIXED FEES

The fees provided at the beginning of project will remain the same throughout.

#PERSONALISED CONTRACTS

The different stages as well as the fees included in the contract will be adjusted depending of your needs and your project. For example, If you only need a planning application or solely want support during works, your contract will be adapted.

#MEETING FLEXIBILITY

If you are already settled in France and living there permanently, meetings will take place at your address. However, it is also possible to meet in the UK. You can decide when and where meetings take place to save time, money and energy.

#ADAPTABILITY

The works can be done in one period allowing you to move into a finished home and to concentrate on other aspects of your move.

For clients who would like to spread works over a few months or years in order to manage their budget, contracts will be personalised to meet your needs.

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MAIN PROJECT SERVICES

New build

 

         Extension

 

         Renovation & Conversion

 

         Barn conversion

 

Heritage bulding renovation

 

         Swimming pools

 

         Garages, sheds & greenhouses

 

              Demolition

 

Facade modification

#FEASIBILITY STUDIES

 

Project feasibility

You may already have ideas for your French home, but they can’t always be achieved. I will help you assess the feasibility of your project, taking account of any planning restrictions and other, more practical, building issues.

 

Cost estimation

Before you embark upon your project we can produce a full cost summary, offering you the opportunity to see what it may all cost. 

 

#PLANNING APPLICATIONS

 

Certificat d’Urbanisme (CU)

If you own (or are buying) a plot of land and wish to build upon it, the first stage is to apply for a ‘certificat d’Urbanisme’. The principle here is to obtain approval to use land for construction.

 

Permis de Construire (PC)

This category covers several types of planning application for detailed planning consent - new build, conversion, renovation, etc. I will deal with the appropriate paperwork  and drawings for you, ensuring the minimum of delay before you can begin your project.

 

Déclaration Préalable (DP)

Minor alterations to a property’s exterior appearance, or small extensions, can often be dealt with under a simplified application called a ‘déclaration préalable'.

#TENDERING PROCESS

 

Construction drawings / Electrical and plumbing schematics

In order for your builders & artisans to appreciate what is required for your project, we can produce a variety of schematics. They will allow contractors to price for the correct works and ensure things are built in the correct way. 

 

Tender analysis

To be able to find the right builders and artisans at the right price, you can ask for help in tendering builders and artisans. I will deal with the tender process and provide you a tender analysis which will help you decide with who to work with. 

 

 

#SITE MANAGEMENT

 

Construction

You may want your architect to take care of the site management to ensure contractors respect the program, building costs, I come on site weekly to resolve any design queries and issues with the differents stakeholders. 

 

 

#DESIGN PROPOSAL

 

Floor plans

If you may want to do some changes in the internal layout of your French house but you do not need a plaaning application, I can work with you to propose the most effective & efficient internal design proposal and will deliver to you scale floor plans and internal elevations that can be used to carry out the alterations. 

BY CHOOSING THIS SERVICE, YOU WILL FINALLY BE ABLE TO… 

 

  • Realise your dream home in France and complete it at your own pace.

  • Start straight away and make your life-change with all the expertise you need

  • Plan your new life in France earlier than expected with a potential move-in date and an estimation of costs.

  • Relieve the stress associated with your move to France and the creation of your new living space enabling you to focus on other important aspects.

  • Enjoy the journey of building your new home and life as a positive experience.

  • Develop an interest in property investment and architectural projects and build new dreams

BUILD THE ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT OF YOUR DREAMS IN FRANCE SUPPORTED BY A FRENCH-ENGLISH SPEAKING ARCHITECT. 

By getting help from a French architect who has the knowledge of project procedures in France, French building regulations, allowing you to be surrounded by skilled companies, is the way the build the architectural project of your dreams in France, at your own pace, within budget. 

If you would like to discuss your project to define what type of contract is right for you : 

YOUR ARCHITECT :
Anne-Sophie Donèche
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Passionate  about Architecture and People from a young age, Anne-Sophie Donèche believes Architecture is an integral part of people’s life and it takes an important place in life decisions and changes.

Architecture is a key to creating your new home in France.

Anne-Sophie Donèche is a French architect who spends her time between London and France.

She completed all her studies in France but her curiosity and attraction for discoveries led her outside of France, to the UK and more particularly to London, drawn to the energy and the creativity of the English capital. 

 

After several years in London, she realises that it is impossible to make a choice between France and the UK. She then developed her architectural firm bridging the gap between France and the UK. Anne-Sophie Donèche understands the experience of expatriation and of a life abroad. 

SHE IS THE FRENCH-ENGLISH ARCHITECT FOR ENGLISH PEOPLE WHO HAVE SETTLED IN FRANCE OR ARE PLANNING TO MOVE TO FRANCE. 

She encourages their installation in France and their interest in French culture and French architectural heritage. 

From interior design to new construction, including renovation and    extension projects, Anne-Sophie Donèche is there to help you make the spatial and architectural choices to create the house of your dreams. By remodeling your home to achieve the functionality, size and aesthetic quality that you like, while respecting the architectural identity of the place, you can live your dream life in the house that suits you in France. 

 

Anne-Sophie Donèche is an architect who has both the knowledge of construction in France and in the UK, as well as an understanding of the needs of British clients.

 

As an expat in London, Anne-Sophie Donèche understands the desire for a change of life and the experiencing of moving to a new country. She supports you in your architectural project to facilitate your move and integration in France

 

Anne-Sophie Donèche defends an architecture for all, as an accessible art and a driver of changes of life. She gets her inspiration from different fields and lets herself be influenced by the cultural backgrounds of her clients.

BUILD THE ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT OF YOUR DREAMS IN FRANCE SUPPORTED BY A FRENCH-ENGLISH SPEAKING ARCHITECT. 

By getting help from a French architect who has the knowledge of project procedures in France, French building regulations, allowing you to be surrounded by skilled companies, is the way the build the architectural project of your dreams in France, at your own pace, within budget. 

If you would like to discuss your project to define what type of contract is right for you :