With a few years of building experience under his belt, Clive arrived in France in 1980 and started working for a well-known local architect on the construction of luxury stone villas in and around Saint Paul, Tourrettes and Vence.
Eventually in 1986, Clive decided to start his own company, Villa Image, and while continuing to work on the architect’s projects, he started to develop his own reputation for top quality work at a fair price.
Villa Image has grown expotentially since then, with a wide range of projects completed in the last 30 years, and for an interesting array of clients, including Sir Norman Foster in Grasse, Roger Moore in St Paul, Joseph Ettedgui in Cap Ferrat and many, many more. We have a wide range of references from happy clients, and some of them are equally happy for us to show potential clients the quality of the work that we have carried out for them.
Clive married Terésa in 1993 and they have had three children, Daniel, Serena and Amelia, now 18, 17 and 12 years old respectively. Terésa works alongside him, running the office and juggling school runs.
Villa Image permanently employs a team of masons, tilers and labourers and also employs a carpenter, an electrician, a team of plumbers and air-conditioning installers, a pool maintenance man and a gardener – which just about covers any eventuality !
We also have TV, satellite, alarm and general security installers, with whom we have worked for many years and are confident that we can organise just about any requirement for a building project of any size.
We can also organise building permits and project design, working very closely with a local architect, who has the experience necessary to ensure that applying for and receiving planning permission goes as smoothly as possible. It is always helpful to be aware of what the local planning offices will accept and the styles that they prefer – and these can vary from town to town.
Naturally, Villa Image is fully insured and can offer a ten year guarantee on building work.
We are based in the countryside in the beautiful village of Tourrettes sur Loup, and while the majority of our clients are within a 45 minute radius, we have been known to take on work further afield, depending on the proposed project.