Comments on: Cottage Shopping http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Sun, 16 Mar 2014 17:55:59 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: SD Mueller http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/comment-page-1/#comment-793058 SD Mueller Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:10:17 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21601#comment-793058 You MUST check out a collaborative workspace called co-construct. Your architect and builder set it up, and everything is managed there, from deadlines, sourcing, message boards, to progress pictures. We are currently managing a renovation of a country house about an hour or so away, and depend on it. It organizes everything, sends updates, and notifications about decisions that are due. Hopefully your guys are fairly tech savvy (although it is very quick and easy to learn) because I honestly can’t imagine managing a project any other way… especially remotely. There is even app so that you can check in from anywhere. http://www.co-construct.com/ I check in every afternoon to see what they did! He posts pics daily. (My builder is also on pinterest to see what I have chosen.. that has been great too.) He has six kids himself so anything that saves time and energy (and money) for everyone is a huge bonus. Good luck!

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By: Therese Le Mignon Priest http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/comment-page-1/#comment-756813 Therese Le Mignon Priest Thu, 10 Oct 2013 02:48:01 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21601#comment-756813 Chere Gabrielle,
les grands esprits se rencontrent…
http://kitchen-notebook.blogspot.com/2008/09/happy-stove.html

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By: annie@mostlovelythings http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/comment-page-1/#comment-501284 annie@mostlovelythings Mon, 10 Jun 2013 18:49:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21601#comment-501284 Congratulations! I can hardly wait to follow you along on this project! So exciting! I thought I was brave buying a house in New Canaan, CT last year without seeing it since we still lived in southern California. What an exciting project and one I would jump at the chance for! A beautiful stone cottage is just about as perfect as it gets for a starting point!

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By: kim http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/comment-page-1/#comment-438717 kim Mon, 18 Feb 2013 01:29:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21601#comment-438717 A dreeeeaaaammm!!! Life is short – go for it!!

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By: Kate http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/comment-page-1/#comment-437790 Kate Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:06:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21601#comment-437790 This is so awesome and I’m completely inspired/jealous. I say do it! This will be a great bonding experience for you and your family, and by owning a home in France, you will become a permanent part of the country and its culture.
Please keep us updated!

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By: Amber http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/comment-page-1/#comment-374098 Amber Thu, 23 Aug 2012 19:04:32 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21601#comment-374098 Just reading this makes me exhausted…so I guess I would definitely pass on a project like this. But good for you! Can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

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By: Nina Hetzner http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/comment-page-1/#comment-373733 Nina Hetzner Sat, 18 Aug 2012 21:02:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21601#comment-373733 I’d like to suggest my father, Klaus Philipsen, as an architect. His firm, ArchPlan, is based in Baltimore but he is originally from Germany – so he knows the metric system and European standards, he has experience with historic preservation, he speaks french, and he’s wonderful!
http://www.archplan.com

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By: Rachel http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/comment-page-1/#comment-373584 Rachel Fri, 17 Aug 2012 21:50:35 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21601#comment-373584 Before I give any practical advice, I’m just going to say that I think this sounds like a great project, and I’m so happy that you have this opportunity. :) Now I’m going to write what is probably too long for a just a comment…

I’m a soon-to-be-architect (working, but not yet licensed), and I wholeheartedly agree with Robin and Heather that you should check into what is actually required in France for signing drawings — especially since you will be reclassifying it as a house so you may have to submit it to certain authorities. As long as you can communicate, I would personally be less concerned with the architect being an American and more with their ability to 1) Legally sign the drawings and 2) Do the work. In a restoration like this, I would select someone who had considerable experience with restoration work in France — not just some residential experience and not just that one really cool restoration they did as a side project.

Also, I haven’t worked in the construction industry in France, BUT I have worked in the construction industry and I have lived in France, and I would say that $65,000 sounds pretty low to me, especially since it looks like it needs some serious work on both the exterior stone and the roof. I conferred with some other architects in my office, and they concur that $65,000 sounds very low.

If you are able to, I recommend consulting with your designer or architect to discuss the investment and feasibility of the project. I’m a money gal, so I would have to ask “Would the final product be worth the [insert pricetag] I put into it?” It may not matter to you since you would conceivably own it for a long time, but it’s worth asking.

Also consider things like: Who is going to manage the project if you’re back in the US? If you are thinking a contractor is managing the project, they may not be willing to manage a project in small spurts. Would you really be able to pay for parts of the work as you go or would you have to come up with pretty large sums all at once? (i.e. all the electrical and mechanical work).

I hope I’m not raining on your parade. :) Again, I hope you are able to figure all these details out and get this place. It sounds great, and I’m extraordinarily jealous!

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By: sue http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/comment-page-1/#comment-373533 sue Fri, 17 Aug 2012 16:48:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21601#comment-373533 Wow…what a fun idea. so much cheaper than your typical beach house, minus the airfare, of course. =) re: your one room/barn/cottage–I recently read At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson, which talked about the evolution of the anglican home, and it was very typical of the ancient houses to be “halls,” which where one room structures with a stove/hearth that the entire family ate/slept/played in! I think you would love the book, as it touches on nearly all facets of domestic life!

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By: Martina http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/comment-page-1/#comment-373523 Martina Fri, 17 Aug 2012 16:20:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21601#comment-373523 Oh what a lovely idea! I would be so excited, constantly sketching out ideas and different layout options. Before we decided to build a custom home (which is also thrilling!) we looked at some dilapidated old homes and dreamed of how to renovate and reconfigure them. I love houses, architecture and interior design. So exciting!

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By: Corinne http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/comment-page-1/#comment-373435 Corinne Fri, 17 Aug 2012 10:58:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21601#comment-373435 My husband and I bought a fixer-upper farmhouse 5 years ago. There’s a lot of things that are great about it and a lot of things that aren’t so great. But trying to do the renovations ourselves while working 40 hours a week has made it very difficult to get much done. But I wouldn’t trade it for a modern house, that’s for sure. :)

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By: Jacqueline http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/comment-page-1/#comment-373340 Jacqueline Fri, 17 Aug 2012 00:08:39 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21601#comment-373340 I would say go for it! But I would recommend not living in the environment until the renovations have been made. Exposure to the dust, debris, and VOC’s isn’t healthy for children or adults. Good luck!

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By: Anneliese http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/comment-page-1/#comment-373318 Anneliese Thu, 16 Aug 2012 22:51:30 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21601#comment-373318 I am hopelessly idealistic about houses and renovations, so I say go for it! I would be another rich experience I a sure and as long as you treat it as an adventure, rather than the only abode you have, it is sure to be fun!

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By: Carina http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/comment-page-1/#comment-373282 Carina Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:42:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21601#comment-373282 Go for it! We love that our property future is here in France. Just be sure you have your own notaire (don’t share with the other party). Most important!

I’ve worked on a fantastic design project this past year and had loads of fun in Paris and London with this great designer/ architect based in Paris…..one half of an anglo architect team.

Barbara Brink – http://www.barbara-brink.com/

http://www.mbs-architecture.com/

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By: Sara http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/comment-page-1/#comment-373140 Sara Thu, 16 Aug 2012 18:42:07 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21601#comment-373140 I love the character of older homes but possible health issues that come with them like lead pipes and lead paint make me nervous. Not sure if that is an issue where you are, but that is something you may want to look into.

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By: Katriina http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/comment-page-1/#comment-373133 Katriina Thu, 16 Aug 2012 17:36:26 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21601#comment-373133 Oh! I hope you buy this charming place to add to your family’s adventures! I think we’re all hoping to follow along as you post about the progress of the project!

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By: Nichshee http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/comment-page-1/#comment-373131 Nichshee Thu, 16 Aug 2012 16:46:09 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21601#comment-373131 Hi Sara, have to say I am with you on this and I have lived in France for the last 12 years, absolutely, you have to be on site to oversee renovations. I have seen waaaaaay too many French programmes on what can and does go wrong (and this is for the native French) and the paperwork (and charges) for buying a property in France can be impressive. I would double any cost estimate for renovation as a start, I don’t think it is negative, but realistic. However, if money is not an issue, it would be sooooo much fun!

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By: Jenny http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/comment-page-1/#comment-373129 Jenny Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:31:11 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21601#comment-373129 I would first say Bill Ingram, MacAlpine-Tankersley or Steve Gianetti. There’s also Jack Arnold who seems to specialize in cottage type homes. Me, personally, I would say Bill Ingram because his structures seem to have that cottage feel, but a little cleaner at the same time. Just something I would prefer. Best of luck…I would do it in a HEART BEAT!

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By: Marian http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/comment-page-1/#comment-373128 Marian Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:11:07 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21601#comment-373128 My good friend Alex Kudla is an architect based in Paris. http://alexkudla.com/
Another good friend is Brady Anderson, a landscape architect also in Paris. http://bmalandscape.com/

Good luck!

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By: rachel schindler http://www.designmom.com/2012/08/cottage-shopping/comment-page-1/#comment-373126 rachel schindler Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:43:54 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=21601#comment-373126 Go for it! I am selfish and want to read about your adventures in renovating your home in France.

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