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We plan to work on our garden and want to know more about distance rules we must respect in relation to planting trees near to the boundary with our neighbour. There is a wall separating our two properties. As long as the roots do not disturb this wall, are we OK to plant quite close to it? F.L
Nick Inman charts the ups and downs of doing it himself with tips and information he has learned renovating an old French farmhouse. This month: know your cement and lime mixes
Hybrid solar panels, invented and made in France and combining photovoltaic and water heating, are leading the way in efficiency.
This month: Limousin/Burgundy
DEPARTMENTS: Côte-d’Or, Corrèze, Creuse, Haute-Vienne, Saône-et-Loire, Nièvre, Yonne,
MAIN CITIES: Dijon, Limoges, Auxerre, Guéret, Mâcon, Nevers, Tulle
Two recent court cases highlight the importance of sellers being honest about problems with the homes they are selling.
A three-day course on how to build a straw house on a foundation of old tyres helped a British couple with no construction experience create their own home in France.
Industrial designer Etienne Gay could not find a machine to make high-insulating compressed earth bricks
Sponsored feature: ARB French Property’s Platinum scheme means more property owners than ever are choosing to sell their homes privately, Adrian and Jacqui Bunn, founders of ARB French Property explain why.
Can you renegotiate equity release loan rates if levels drop? J.B.