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4 October 2023

Interior renovation of original 1930’s stone coastal property in the Cote d’Armor.

The Brief for the interior renovation of the coastal property. 

Maison Bretagne worked closely with a local architect on this project to achieve the high end interior renovation of this stone costal property situated in St Jacut sur Mer. The property had not been updated in the last 30 years and, not only was the internal decor looking tired, but all utilities required a complete update, including new electrics, a new heating installation and plumbing. The large basement area, previously used as a garage / workshop was converted into a self contained one bedroomed apartment with rear garden access.

The Works

Our team began by stripping wall coverings, flooring as well as all existing kitchen and bedroom fixtures and fittings to create a blank canvas. The new room configurations were constructed and new insulation, to RT 2012 standards, electrics, plumbing and plaster boarding were installed. The roof was updated and all windows and doors replaced with high end, argon double glazed, graphite grey aluminium units. Ultimately the house was modernised in all aspects of energy efficiency standards set out by the RT2012 ‘reglementation thermique’ guidelines.

Please note that since this renovation was completed, the RT2012, although still applicable in part, has been updated by the RE2020 guidelines

Creating a home

With a distinctive vision for the style of the interior, the clients requested that elements were sourced to fulfil the ‘esprit Anglais’ look they desired. We worked closely with suppliers to find, for example, a beautiful ‘point hongrie’ or herringbone oak parquet, covering the whole of the basement and ground floor levels of the property. Each individual piece was painstakingly fitted by our team, by hand over an area of 120m2 to create a seamless finish. When completed, it was satisfying to see that the parquet appeared as though it were the original flooring to the 1930’s seaside villa, creating a real wow factor in the property. Bespoke bathroom elements, cast iron radiators, four panel wooden internal doors and other joinery were specifically sourced to complete the look. 

To find out more about our interior architecture and design services, visit our Interiors page

Link to parquet flooring supplier Au Coeur de Bois

Outside view of the stone house property.

The front elevation of the 1930’s stone house: All windows and doors were replaced with double glazed aluminium units including new shutters, the roof was completely replaced and a small wooden framed extension added to the side to make an entrance porch (previously open steps to a concrete platform)

Inital works have started and the walls are being taken down.
Piping works started in the basement

A couple of photos showing the condition of the house before and during the renovation works. As you can see we completely started from a blank canvas by ripping down partition brick walls, ceilings and taking up flooring to recreate the three storey living space

Carpet has been added to the staircase.
New white doors installed in the dinning room.
Hallway with the view of the kitchen, and the downstairs toilet room.
New blue wooden kitchen installed
Dinning room view, looking onto the living room.
View of the living room from the doorway.

Ground floor after renovations


Bathrooms after the renovations

Staircase going up, painted white with black carpet
Union flag chair placed next to the wardrobe.
View of the master bedroom form the doorway.
Twin bed bedroom
Single bed, placed next to the window looking onto the garden.
Mirrored wardrobe.
White painted wardrobe

First floor after renovations

Oak Herringbone Flooring

Laying beautiful solid wood parquet, sourced in France.

Oak herringbone parquet

To find out more about our services, click on our Renovations page here

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