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Old 08.05.2017, 12:20
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Re: engaging an architect

To add to what Meloncolie said, time is money here never more so than in the building game, buyer beware is never more relevant. Renovation is such a wide loosely used term here it is hard to advise but if it includes structural work/major plumbing or electrical upgrades you need an architect, if it is more surface/design changes (kitchen/painting/tiles/floor) then maybe look for an interior designer who has a team of good tradespersons as a cheaper option.

Either way you need to project manage it unless cost is not an issue! First is scope and budget, budget - start backwards, what absolute maximum you can afford to spend? minus 25% and that is your starting budget. Scope, list everything possible you want done, divide this list into two lists, wishes and must haves. Spend a week on the internet getting images and ideas to match your scope list include links to write a project brief you can email.

Realize also that in spite of an Architect's ability to speak English it does not mean they can or want to work with foreigners, we are difficult and different compared to their Swiss clients!
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