Our move from Lyon to the Alps was a big step.
Moving from a large, bustling city where we had a great group of friends, to the countryside where we didn’t know anybody, brought about a big change.
We knew it was the right decision. With my husband’s job relocation to Geneva and a new baby in tow, the most important thing for us was to be living together as a family.
As difficult as leaving Lyon was, we were excited about our new property. In a way, the next step up the property ladder was also making our move all the more worthwhile. We had found a 3-bedroomed chalet, with incredible views over the Alps and lake Geneva. While the property is just isolated enough to enjoy a large, secluded garden and the calm of the countryside, we are still surrounded by neighbours and a sense of community.
That being said, the house needed (and still needs!) a lot of work. It is split across three levels – typical of a chalet – and was built in the early 80’s, when the property gave birth to its excessive dark wooden cladding both inside and out. Outside, the cladding is charming and gives it the traditional appeal of an alpine chalet. Inside however, it is overkill, and makes the entire space feel dull and overbearing.
Through all the wood, the poorly insulated structure and the squeaks that these two elements combined create, we saw the fantastic potential of the house and being who we are, couldn’t turn down it down.
So here we are, at the beginning of renovation property #2!