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Old 07.05.2017, 13:14
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Re: engaging an architect

Most likely yes.

If a simple house, expect anywhere from 2000 to upwards of 5K per concept and quote. Ask upfront what the cost of an initial concept or quote would be.

Any architect who is coy about pricing at this stage should be dropped like a hot potato.

Of course you need to get quotes from several architects in order to do due diligence - believe me, the differences can be astounding.

That's a lot of cash to splash out to find out if an architect is even on the same page with you, so first whittle your list down by looking for local references. Anytime you hear of a renovation project in town, ask the owners who they used.

You can save time and money upfront by researching all local regs yourself. Get thee to the Bauamt! Give the architects you are considering as detailed specs as possible, include your drawings, documentation of existing structures, and state max budget upfront. Drop architects who in your initial discussion broach ideas that are clearly against regs and thus never going to get permitted, and drop any architect who has not already done a renovation very similar to what you have in mind.

Do you think you are going to need permits? If so, try to find out if your Gemeinde is one of those where ... ahem... certain firms seem to have an easier time getting permits.

If you don't need an architect to sign off on permits - would engaging a Bauleiter rather than an architect suffice? IME, it was the Bauleiter, not the architect who made our project happen. The architect we used turned out to be just a very expensive hindrance, provided no value.


Good luck... and keep the ulcer medication handy!

(Only sort of joking...)
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