First, we listen. The restoration of any building — whether farm, country estate, luxury hotel, chateau, period house or 1970s villa — involves understanding the client’s objectives, tastes and style of living; marriages between an 18th century exterior and a contemporary interior are not unusual.

Then, we look and feel. During the first of many visits to the site, we start with the existing buildings, absorbing their character, assessing volumes and colours before moving on to orientation and setting to see how we can capitalise on light, contours and viewpoints to fulfil the expectations of a discerning clientele.

Next, we consult. In addition to approving the overall plans, clients can determine architectural motifs, select materials and choose ornamentation from our extensive photo library at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, which express their personal style. Mouldings, wood flooring, balustrades and paving — no detail is overlooked.

Finally, we execute. We work with a network of exceptional craftspeople such as stone masons, wrought-iron specialists, cabinet makers and decorators who provide appropriate finishes and patinas.

For historic renovations we can source genuine antiques or reproduce a fireplace or entrance pillar depending on time, budget and availability of increasingly scarce originals. Our attention to detail might even involve recreating the period tools to achieve the desired result.