It can be difficult to find stores near you in a foreign country. This is especially true of builder’s merchants in France. Your common knowledge of simple store names just isn’t there. If you’re renovating a house in France, depending on where you’re located, this is where you’ll find your building materials:
DIY Stores (equivalent of B&Q or Wickes (England) and Home Depot in North America)
Electrical and plumbing supplies are more expensive in these stores. However, these are open for longer hours and the larger stores don’t close for lunch. Keep in mind that we’re still in France; they aren’t open on Sundays.
These are the stores we’ve found near us in Provence:
General Builder’s Merchants in France
Professionals who are up to date with the modern technologies. Products are less tampered with as a consequence of less display. Ability to build up relationships and ask for professional advice. Try to buy in bulk; delivery is 50 euros minimum, therefore, make the most of it. There is less choice of products because builder’s merchants carry quality products (such as paint).
What are your experiences with these stores?