Homes may be castles to some, but occasionally even a castle needs a new kitchen, or a bout of renovation, even full-fledged restoration. It can be a bit complicated, what with all the different craftspersons involved. But help is on the way.
“If you have four doctors, you’ll have five illnesses” is an old Jewish saying. It works for renovations as well: Your neighbour refers a friendly but incompetent architect, someone knows a plumber who will do the job for a little less, the nice electrician sends his apprentices and a few months later the fuse box is toast, the bathwater is dripping on the neighbours below, and the children’s room is painted in a deep purple rather than a whiter shade of pale. It’s a gaping gap in the market, and some people have jumped into it with a business plan, like Mirna Pavone of Artea Concept. Her idea is to relieve the renovator by elaborating a customised design plan that covers everything from basic structure to final decorative details. A team then takes over for the implementation.
There are several important advantages to the one-stop-shop idea. The first is flexibility. If you, as the renovator, decide to change your mind, a business like Artea has the capacity to respond swiftly to any required changes. The second advantage is not having to deal with all the logistics and having to supervise the actual work, visit suppliers, and so on. Finally, going through a one-stopshop can in the end save money through economies of scale, because Artea has a wide range of tried and proven craftspersons on hand to get the job done quickly and as efficiently as possible.
Far from the maddening crowd: Designer bathroom concepts are shifting towards minimalism, with space and unique locations given to each element. Artea Concept contact Mirna Pavone +41 (0)21 802 64 76, 39 Route de Chavanne, Lausanne (showroom) www.arteaconcept.ch
Article by Laura Holman