Is your home and pool earthquake safe here on Côte d’Azur?

“If you felt the ground move this morning as you walked to work, it wasn't just that Friday feeling. A third earthquake was recorded at 8.15am measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale. As previously reported in The Riviera Times, a number seismology specialists have stated that frequency and intensity of the tremors indicates that it is possible that more earthquakes are on the horizon.” Riviera Times 02.03.2012

Earthquake-resistant structures are structures designed to withstand earthqakes. While no structure can be entirely immune to damage from earthquakes, the goal of earthquake-resistant construction is to erect structures that fare better during seismic activity than their conventional counterparts.

There are many ways to make a building resilient against earthquakes. In wood structures, extra strappings can be nailed to key parts of the frame. Steel-reinforced concrete is another option, with the strengths and weaknesses of each compound offsetting the other, though even that may not be enough to prevent damage in a large quake.

When renovating or building your next home here on Côte d'Azur, Earthquake safety is something you should contemplate as an owner. Talk to your project manager or concrete engineer if you are managing your own project and find out if the amount of steel and concrete is sufficient.  The builder or project manager is always looking for wayds of minimizing costs, steel and concrete is an easy way of doing so.

In the last 5 years there have been more seismic activity recorded than normal.  Pool structures are typically the first ones to collapse. The seismology experts were right, there have been a number of tremors the last few years and lots of damage to properties here on the coast, especially pools. We pride ourselves of always taking seismic action and earthqakes into consideration with new builds, or renovations here on the coast. 

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Contemporary Villa on Cap D’Ail

 

Ivan de jong Design & Management has started a new existing project on Cap d’ Ail, at the gate to Monaco enjoying fantastic sea views.  Demolition of the existing house is complete and construction of swimming pool and new retaining walls are complete.

This Villa is a refreshing change as we are now working by the seaside with contemporary & minimalistic design. We are aspiring to creating a modern, open planned, light filled minimalistic feel with strong lines, lots of glass and stainless steel finishes. The use of a central glazed elevator unites the three levels in the house and will act as a light tunnel.

The Villa comprises of 3 master bedrooms with ensuites, one bedroom with external bathroom, big open plan kitchen and dining as well as an open plan living area with several lounges. The property is south facing with amazing ocean views and big wooden deckings throughout.

Here is a photo from the top of the crane, enjoy 🙂

Estimated build time is 18 months.

 

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Minimalistic Fjord Style Kitchen in Norway

This minimalistic Fjord style kitchen has been designed to complement the style of the 70s contemporary house on the waterfront in Oslo. The property features loads of red brick finishes, thick wooden beams throughout, with strong clean lines & massive glass sliding doors facing the whole south side of the house. The kitchen is the heart of the house, connected with big doors to the dining. The owner, an elderly lady with 9 grand children wanted a kitchen to room them all as well as a kitchen she can cook and entertain for large groups of people.

The kitchen was built on a budget so structure and kitchen fronts are Ikea but Ivan has incorporated high end appliances to give the space a luxury finish. The benches are a little higher than normal as well as 10 cm wider. The bench finishes are of black stone and stainless steel with a built in deep stainless sink, all made to measure.

Take note of the clean lines that bring texture into the space.

The minimalistic look needs to be tidy and organized so Ivan has made sure the client has plenty of good storage to minimize clutter. 

I have heard it being said that minimalism has no personality, but I don’t think that is true. This concept is about working with great finishes and fabulous materials that individually create a statement in your room. A small statement or a BIG statement rests on how your design ideas affect your room and with what.

 

 

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Heritage listed 13th century ruin transformed, project complete

 

The renovation of the heritage listed medieval house in the village of St Cirq Lapopie is finally finished. The project has been ongoing for almost two years.  The ruin was a bare shell with no windows and a leaky roof, it had been used to dry tobacco and it had not been used for more than 6o years.  

The property has a very interesting history and is one of the oldest houses in the village. It was required to completely rebuild the house following a strict code outlined by the Batiment de France witch stipulated the use of authentic materials and methods.

Ivan has been on site throughout the whole period, overseeing skilled tradesmen and completing a large portion of the bespoke finishes himself. The house comprises of; 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, highly functional kitchen, library and several lounges. 

To be continued…….

 

 

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Before and after, EXTENSIVE renovation of Medieval Mansion

 

Extensive renovation coming to a close; structural works are finished, now for the details!! Stay posted……interiors soon to come.

First day of DEMOLITION St Cirq Lapopie

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Restore and re-LOVE old shutters and doors as………

 

 

    1. Remove debris and loose paint from the shutter or doors by rubbing a wire brush over the frame and louvers. Inspect the shutter for damage, including dented, chipped and cracked parts.
    2. Fill any dented and chipped parts of the shutter with wood filler, spreading it evenly with a putty knife. Allow the filler to dry according to the label directions.
    3. Spread any cracked or split pieces wide enough apart so you can apply wood glue to the damaged surfaces. Clamp the glued areas with bar clamps. Allow the glue to dry according to the manufacturer's recommendations before removing the clamps.
    4. Sand the entire wooden shutter surface, using a progression of coarse, medium and fine sandpaper grits. Rub the sandpaper in the direction of the wood grain.
    5. Apply paint or stain to the shutters with a paintbrush. Allow the finish to dry according to the label recommendations.

    Taking them inside as beautiful decor………..

     

     

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    Major works in Cabris

     

    A new exciting project in Cabris as we unfold the old original stone formations from the 1600 on this old town house. The whole façade is going to be entirely renovated with architectural coherence in mind. Old traditional methods to bring  beauty, color and textures of the old stones are being exercised. 

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    Old Warehouse Conversion Into Modern Offices in Antibes

    The scope of the project is to re-create the original industrial warehouse feeling by removing the ugly mid 90′s additions and to install contained set elements of an entry, offices, meeting rooms and  kitchen/dining to create a office landscape.

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    Crystal Candelabra – The Space Changing Artistic Piece

    The crystal candelabra;  this relic of the past does not only exist today as just an antique piece but it is also considered an art in itself. Attracting attention from people in all walks of life, the candelabra and the mystery behind its timeless beauty is truly a space defining object that can light up your living spaces to sophistication and elegance.

    This one a true original from the distant past, again to be seen at L'Auberge du Vieux Château in Cabris.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Color changes everything; painting the inside doors in the shades of memory, nostalgia and sweet yearning; the Provencal blue

     

    3 weeks of intense work is underway as we have started the 2nd stage of the renovations at Auberge du Vieux Château.
    We are adding beautiful finishes to the restaurant, inside and to the outside terrace, as well as attacking all the bedrooms and bathrooms in the small hotel, the auberge. 
     
     
     
     
     
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