English speaking Architectural Designer France Maitre d’oeuvre bilingue France

Project Management for extensions and renovations or new build property in France

Making the decision to renovate, extend or build a property in France is just the first step in what can be a daunting task. Many people don’t know which architects, architectural technician or local builders to choose, or where to start with having plans drawn, applying for planning permission or budgeting for a building project. This is all compounded if you need to manage your project from abroad.

Nick Groom has years of experience
preparing planning applications, building and renovating all styles of property (including listed period buildings) and obtaining change of use for commercial properties. Nick provides an architectural technician service, building project management and building advice and design services. Whether converting barns to homes or gites (holiday lets), lofts into bedrooms or garages into home offices or extra accommodation or simply updating your home with contemporary new features such as conservatories, wet rooms or garden annexes, Nick provides a full design, planning, building and project management services to clients wishing to increase the value of their property, either for immediate sale or as a future investment. And being a fluent French speaker based in the region, he is capable to see your project through from start to finish, without you needing to be ‘on site’ constantly.

Nick provides professionally drawn architectural plans
for home owners, builders and building projects throughout the regions of Charente (16), Charente-Maritime (17), Vienne (86), Deux-Sevres (79) [Poitou-Charentes], Vendée (85) [Pays de la Loire] and Dordogne (24), Gironde (33) [Aquitaine]. He can arrange for a detailed measured survey of your property and our architectural technician produces plans drawn to scale. These plans are suitable for obtaining planning permission from your local authority, and obtaining a quantity survey to estimate costs of work or builders quotes for the works.

Advice is given
on the likelihood of a planning application being approved, and will recommend alternatives if planning permission has already been refused. We can provide architectural plans and also work with your own architect's existing plans. Nick has considerable experience of renovating ancient and period buildings and he is able to provide you with all the local information required to submit an application or to submit an application on your behalf.

Architectural plans, successful planning applications and managing the project
Nick has established good, professional working relationships with local artisans, structural engineers, and various specialists that you may require. On your behalf he can put projects, or elements of projects out to tender, collate the proposals and bring you a complete picture and cost of works.

Once you have selected the right artisans or specialists for your build project, Nick can manage your project on your behalf, keeping you up to date or progress, and issues (including photographs, video or even 360 degree views) by email or using technologies such as Skype to be interactive in real time.

Sourcing Products
Nick is able to assist you source products from major UK suppliers and local suppliers also, and will advise you where the best deals are to be had.

Project management services include:

AN INITIAL CONSULTATION to discuss your building and design ideas and plan the next steps

DESIGN an appropriate construction style in preparation for architectural drawing of your plans

ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS to create the design / project you require


NEGOTIATING COSTS & DELIVERY with suppliers and trades for optimum project cost control CREATING REALISTIC TIME SCALES and managing agreed time frames

MANAGING BUILDERS from cost to completion

INTERIOR & EXTERIOR architectural style advice

SOURCING, NEGOTIATING & PURCHASING construction materials, kitchens, sanitary ware, floorings, tiles and all other home wares