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Renovating in France

How easy is it to get planning permission to renovate a ruined house or barn in the heart of the French countryside? France-based planning expert Arthur Cutler has the answers

Finding a reliable builder or artisan in France can be a challenge, but Rosie Ellis is here to help.

You can now furnish your own home à la Angel Strawbridge! The design queen has launched a soft furnishings and wallpaper collection based on her stunning handiwork in the hit TV show.

Escape to the Chateau: DIY is back for a second series following intrepid British families taking on the task of renovating and running their fairytale châteaux dotted throughout the French countryside, including Château du Doux

If your budget won't stretch to a large home in France, there are ways to create more space, especially in old country properties

Don't panic if termites are found in a French property you are buying as there are solutions, says Julie Savill

Seen a bargain French property that just needs a bit of work to turn it into a dream home? If your heart is set on a renovation project, do your sums first, advises architect Nick Adams

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