It’s bonjour Paris for Kiwi tradesman

October 29th, 2013


Last updated 05:00 02/12/2009

A Kiwi builder has been chosen to renovate a Paris home owned by a New Zealander fed up with French labourers.

This year, Pauline Hampshire, who has lived in France for 20 years, decided to import Kiwis to renovate her three-storey home because of dissatisfaction with French builders.

More than 100 New Zealanders replied to her advertisement in August on website seeking Kiwi tradesmen to renovate the villa in Chevreuse, near Paris.

She is now set to employ Wellington builder and plumber Adrian Walker. He is in France with the Hampshire family, evaluating the job.

Walker will return to New Zealand on Monday and expects to start the job in April next year.

He said the project would take three to four months.

“It’s about change. I was bit bored banging nails in Wellington. We have plenty of work, but it’s good to extend myself a bit,” he said.

“The house is amazing. It has heaps of potential. While it may look pretty daunting, I want to have a go.

“It is very doable. It will be a good chance to try different construction techniques and methods.

“I am still speaking with a couple of guys through as there is a lot of stonework to do, so we are looking to bring over one other person for that.”

– © Fairfax NZ News

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