Renovation Project

Over the course of a few month a new interiror was designed in conjunction with project manager Didier of Bramptons and installed ready for the new ski season.

Bramptons - The Project Manager

I found Didier at Bramptons how you would expect to meet someone with a exceptional reputation - through word and mouth. It was a chance meeting on a flight from London to Geneva that I got talking to someone who had gone through the whole 'grand designs' experience having designed and rebuilt a chalet near Geneva with Didier as the project manager. I soon arranged to meet Didier and after years of wanting to refurbish my apartment with a couple of false starts, I was thrilled to finally meet someone who really understood my needs and could make my concept come alive. The result was a project that was brought in on time and budget and more importantly, a stunning, high quality interior that is even better in reality than I had imagined, so much so I'm already planning the next project!

So where did Didier succeed where others had failed? First we got to know each other and discussed my ideas at length and some realistic chooses that had to be made so they didn't derail progress later on. Next he removed all the hassle of navigating through Swiss rules and regulations - which can be daunting - leaving me to concentrate on the design requirements. Then he did not expect me to choose exact items, rather just their specification with which he could do the research to source them which enabled an affordable budget to be adhered to.- typically Swiss expect only the best quality which has an extortionate price tag. The quote and timeline was then agreed before pushing full speed ahead with ordering and building work by which time we had built up a trusting working relationship so we were able to stay in communication from different countries yet still ensure quick problem solving and decision making along the way.

The Design

The goal was to install a modern kitchen and bathroom in a setting sympathetic to the traditional features that dominate the living space, namely the beamed ceiling and the stone fireplace.

The first step for the design was to select the colours for the kitchen. The grey/blue colour of the units was inspired by the colour of some of the stone in the fire place and the colour of the sky on a moody winters day which is in line of sight through the high set kitchen window. The units are the focal point so the rest of the colours are monotone so as not to distract. The grey floor tiles are in keeping with the fireplace and used in the kitchen, hall and around the fireplace to give continuity.

In the bathroom the aim was to maximise light given the small space, yet keep an inviting warmth to complement the wooden window and ceiling. This influenced the colour of the marble tiles that are used throughout the room and simple white suite. The cabinet for the sink was custom made to maximise storage spaces for up to 6 guests.

The finishing touch was new oak flooring throughout the chalet which was more hygienic and asthetic and some new lighting. 

Looking for help with your own project?

After such a positive renovation experience I decided it would be rewarding to help other chalet owners do their own redesigns. Whether you need to find the right property, creative inspiration, budgeting, a builder, a website or help advertising, don't hesitiate to get in contact with me via email or the enquiry form.