A lovely long-term client has just sent us a few photos of the apartment we were working in for her last year in Nice, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France.
We are so pleased with the result and to finally see it open to the public for short-term rental. It is what I would call a typical French pied-à-terre apartment (a small temporary home away from home).
The client brief was to totally refurbish a small 19th century studio apartment in Nice via long distance, selecting all building finishes, designing all built-in cabinetry for the kitchen, laundry, storage, and new bathroom.
The small open plan living space had to accommodate the following: built in kitchen with under bench fridge, dishwasher, oven, cooktop, and a concealed laundry (including washing machine and dryer). Storage for kitchen tableware, linen press, a cleaning cupboard, and a pantry also had to be included in the small space. Fitting all these elements into a small space without making it look crowded was a huge task.
The tiny bathroom had to be gutted and refitted in a space no wider than 90cm. I must say this was a challenge to plan the space and source just the right items that would logistically work, fit French building codes, suit the client's taste, and suit the potential future short-term holiday rental market.
The apartment also needed painting, new timber floors throughout, and new cornices and architectural detailing to match the style of the building. The client had English and French builders on the the ground in Nice for us to work with via phone, email, Skype, and text. The biggest challenge however was meeting local building codes and selecting French appliances and European finishes from Australia.
We had to source several pieces for the apartment including a dining table and four chairs to fit the small space, a three seat sofa the client had spotted in a local Nice boutique, a coffee table, side tables, and overhead and side table lighting.
Another challenge was fitting a queen size bed and storage into the small pied-à-terre. We made a bedroom nook by adding a dividing wall between the kitchen and new bathroom.
We rose to the challenge and it is truly amazing what you can do in the world today from a distance if you do your research and communicate well with people. Nothing is impossible. I must admit that google translate came in very handy when reading French language websites and the build and install went very very smoothly with limited hurdles. We are thrilled with the result and so is the client. Feedback from customers renting the apartment has also been positive with many promising to rebook for future holidays.
I'm looking forward to doing more offshore work with all the exciting and rewarding challenges that it brings,