The Dilemma: When we started out on this, I was keen to share as much of the renovation process on here as much as I could (or as least the mildly interesting bits), as appropriate. But this becomes more tricky when things don't go so well. So have been wrestling a little with how much to say about what's been going on over these past 3 weeks. We are realistic about problems that will certainly arise during this process, and it seems disingenuous to write about all the great things without acknowledging the challenges along the way as well.
So this is what has been happening.
The Terrifying Situation 3 Weeks Ago: We lost our builder. Not as in mislaid, but as in he pulled out of the job with 5 weeks to go. We have been in detailed talks for over 9 months, and he was due to start the build at the beginning of July. As this is our first renovation project, this is all new to us, and we're still slightly puzzling over exactly what happened. Whatever the miscommunication was - two Wednesdays ago we found ourselves paying a mortgage on a chalet that is currently unrentable, barely even liveable, needs months of work to make it rentable, with time rapidly running out until the start of the season. This isn't brilliant.
The CSA: One of Darren's many talents is to take bad news, spend an hour or so feeling incandescent and ragey (with a tinge of understandable panic), then get on and solve the problem in front of him with a kind of focussed Exocet missile-like drive. He has the ideal qualities for what an American mid level marketing or brand company would probably call a 'Chief Solutions Architect'. So a day spent on the phone calling everyone we know connected with Morzine and the Portes du Soleil area, no matter how vaguely connected, to see if there were any options to be drummed up. Several hundred phone calls later, and some disheartening dead ends, we now have a potential solution.
The Situation Now: We are in the final stages of a decision, and I'll be able to let you know shortly...