Chalet Renovation - Val d'Isere, Courchevel & Lake Annecy

Completed Projects

Chalet Renovation in Courchevel, Meribel, St Martin de Belleville, Ste Foy, Val d’Isere & Lake Annecy

Simon Jones undertakes major chalet renovation projects across the Savoie region in the Alps and in Lake Annecy in the haute Savoie.   Individual projects can be viewed in our portfolio, whilst this page highlights chalet renovations in general.

Simon Jones undertakes build & chalet renovation projects of varying complexity and size.  Most of our chalet renovation projects will include some degree of structural alteration.  Our projects are normally architect-driven and often require the involvement of a structural engineer.  Where our diary allows we also undertake simple chalet renovation projects where little or no structural alteration is required.

We are experienced in the renovation of both private chalets and commercial premises.  We are instructed directly by private clients and investors looking for high end renovations.  We only work with qualified, experienced, local tradesmen and contractors who offer the highest level of workmanship, attention to detail and reliability.

Undertaking a chalet renovation in France can be a daunting prospect – even for those that live in France year-round.  In France most tradesmen are specialists in one area and there is a real absence of what the British would consider ‘general contractors’ except for large commercial developments. Even with large commercial developments there will be numerous subcontractors involved and you can see them listed on the large planning boards outside large building sites.  For more information on ‘general contractors’ see here.

In the absence of ‘general contractors’ there will always be the need for someone to manage, oversee and coordinate works to ensure that the contractors not only dovetail with one another but also do the chalet renovation works according to the clients specifications. This is no easy task given that each contractor is self-employed and to a very large extent may do as he pleases with his own diary.  Trying to manage a project in France from the UK is normally beyond even the most experienced developer and can prove to be an expensive mistake.  Trying to manage a project whilst resident in France but without prior experience of building in France can also be eye-wateringly expensive. It is a highly sophisticated role that requires both experience & building knowledge to be done effectively & efficiently.

A good project manager (Maitre d’oeuvre) adds value to a project and will more than pay for his own fees by the savings that he makes for a client through running a project effectively & avoiding expensive mistakes.  The use of a good project manager also allows a client to focus on the exciting aspects of a chalet renovation and the final finishes rather than on the daily grind of pushing a project forwards and continued compliance with building regulations.

Simon Jones undertakes chalet construction, building, chalet renovation and refurbishment projects in Meribel, Courchevel, St Martin de Belleville, Lake Annecy, Ste Foy Tarentaise, Val d’Isere and Tignes.  Our portfolio ranges from simple renovations to full scale rebuilds and new build chalets.