Barn to Boutique

Our transformation from barn to boutique took just less than one year.  It was a fascinating, challenging and sometimes rollercoaster time.

When we reflect on the experience of renovating our ancient barn to the boutique chalet it is now, we know that it took all of our combined experience, knowledge and perseverance to complete it.

We hope that our story may be interesting and inspiring for others and so, a year on, as the snow is falling again, we made the time to write a book about our transformation of ‘Barn to Boutique’.

You can preview and buy the book here
(http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/8396674-barn-to-boutique)

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We’re enjoying our home and even enjoying using the last scraps of old wood as firewood…

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Renovation barn to boutique chalet

Renovation our barn to a boutique chalet has been a long and rewarding journey.

When the building team started work in January 2016 it seemed like we had a very long way to go to transform our 1850s Savoyard barn to a boutique chalet and, what our designs promised to be, our dream home.Sheepskin chalet January as work startedBy mid December 2016 we were here…Chalet Bobb - 13th March 2017

Here are the key moments of the renovation of our barn to boutique chalet since my last update.

If you want to read in more detail we have published a photobook all about the renovation our barn to boutique chalet.   Click here to preview and buy our book Barn to Boutique.

In May the reclaimed wood bardage/cladding on the outside was almost complete so that work could start in earnest on the interior.Slowly the interior took shape with the apartment ready for us to fit the kitchen and floor and the electricians finishing off the lighting in the headboards we had built… IMG_3770

As the Tour de France arrived in June
Tour de France Morzine 2017we moved in to the barn, still far from a boutique chalet but in the apartment we had already fitted the wooden floor and kitchen.  Now we could more easily work each day on the house along side the building team…   chalet during renovation

In July whilst the builders were still on site I painted the stairs we had designed so that the reclaimed wood treads could be fitted in place…
and we took advantage of the many hands on site to install our rather large and delicate granite worktop for the main kitchen…
When the builders completed their part of the renovation of the barn, at the end July, we felt so near yet so far from our boutique chalet.

We then spent a fun, exhausting and fascinating five months completing the barn renovation ourselves.   From fitting floors to building furniture, painting walls to making skirting trims.Each day getting a step closer…

As the Mont Blanc Rallye transformed the town at the end of August…Our barn was transforming with the arrival of our contemporary Focus fireplace…

Visitors in September prompted us to completely finish one bedroom
on the day they arrived, their room at least was one expected in a boutique chalet!

A booking for the apartment in October put focus back on the apartment transforming it from our temporary living/work space …

to a boutique chalet apartment ready for our guests…as we celebrated Adam’s birthday upstairsjust a little lacking in furniture and finishing touches.Next priority, the main kitchen to be trimmed with reclaimed, and brushed old wood found in the barn or salvaged from the old bardage … and coffee machine, hooray!Realising our design for the master bathroom…became a race against the weather when snow started to fall as we were fitting the glass.but we made it a reality in November

By December we were exhausted but still determined to stick to the plan and completely finish in time for the winter.  We had to get creative to fit the lights in our double height living room… and enjoyed making bespoke furniture from old, gnarly wood we found in the barnimg_4104.jpg

Adam, deservedly, put his feet up on his bespoke coffee table and admired his hand-made TV stand.

Finally by mid December we were almost done.  Time for a quick trip to a funky, retro furniture shop to find breakfast bar stools (the two in the middle with the wooden seats)and with our last bit of energy, reclaimed wood from the barn and time before Christmas we made storage boxes for the bedrooms…We would go in to production if only we had more old wood…

Then we enjoyed very special times with family and friends in our new home, finally renovated from the old barn to boutique chalet.

If you have enjoyed reading this blog about the renovation of our barn to boutique chalet you may want to preview and buy our book ‘Barn to Boutique’.