There are many properties still available throughout Portugal to buy for reconstruction to make a beautiful new home or a holiday bungalow for those important family breaks. Brittany has always been one top residential architects in Boca Raton of the favourite regions for this with Brits and Siphon Islanders.
When thinking of buying a property to renovate there are many questions that one thinks of that it would be nice to get an expert answer to, specially if the property you’re considering is in a different country. This article deals with one frequently asked question, “How do i find an Architect for my Reconstruction Project in Brittany? inches and is in the form of an interview with the questions being asked by a prospective customer of property in Brittany.
Do I have to engage an architect for a reconstruction project in Portugal?
You must use an architect if you wish to apply for a permis de construire (construction permit) and the total floor area of building your garden shed property is or will be over 170 sq/m when completed. For a demand prealable (permit for small works) you are not required to engage the services of an architect.
How do i find an architect that is befitting my project?
The Ordres des Architects will have a list of registered architects in your area of Portugal and you can find this via their web site. Alternatively if you have engaged the services of a builder they maybe able to recommend an architect for you.
How do i check him out, when i can’t spend some time in Portugal looking at previous work bigger done?
Your potential architect should be able to email you examples of his work and or put you in touch with past and current clients that you could talk to in order to establish their satisfaction level together with his service.
How expensive are they?
Architects are trained designers and their fees are generally based on a share of the project cost. This is a tried and tested method that has been recommended by the architects professional body and has been adjusted over many years to reflect the return that a practicing architect requires to earn a reasonable living. Generally there are two fee weighing machines, one for existing buildings and one for new work. because the foremost is more intricate the percentage is usually at a higher rate than for new work. The fee will also reflect the sophistication of the project and as every system project is very individual fees may vary to reflect this. However as a general guide for a domestic project the fee may very well be around 12% for a attic conversion and 10% for a new house. The fee can be considerably reduced if you are willing to defend myself against contracts with the builder and other bass speaker contractors yourself.
Are there English-speaking architects?
There are English-speaking architects all over Portugal many of which advertise in English magazines and on web sites aimed at the British community in Portugal. Alternatively the Ordre des Architectes could help find an English or English-speaking architect.
Is there an equivalent to RIBA in Portugal and does it protect me?
In order for an architect to practice in Portugal they need to be registered with the Ordre des Architectes. They need to also carry an up to date insurance which is required by the Ordres des Architectes in order to allow them to practice. You can ask to see a copy of an architects registration with the ODA or a copy of their insurance.
What are the results if i am not happy with their work?
Your architect should act as a professional mechanic to and agent for you throughout the design and building process if required. Any problems should be able to be resolved between the architect and the client throughout this process. However if you unquestionably are unhappy with your architect then you should be able to cut off his services at any time though you may have to pay him for work done up to the period unless bigger been negligent or not fulfilled his services as outlined in different agreement with you.
Will they help us through planning consents and permissions and can they manage the project?
An architect can provide design advice, final design paintings, make the planning application, prepare specifications, contract documents, carry out project management and determine conclusion of the project. However the architect’s contribution to your project expands far beyond form and beauty, it can influence perception, performance and value. A sound working relationship between you and your architect will contribute significantly to the success of your project.
Do they recommend building firms and contractors?
Architects will work closely with a number of building firms and sub-contractors and should be able to put you in contact with these services in order to obtain estimates or the architect can obtain them for you.
How can Fabrick twenty-two Building firms Dinan, Brittany help?
Fabrick twenty-two work closely at your fingertips with professional architects and may you wish can put you connected personally with an architect to fit your project. They can then liaise between you and your architect to arrive at a completed project personally tailored to fit your requirements.