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Old 25.12.2018, 21:55
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Re: Architect mandatory for renovations?

My tuppence ha’porth based on renovating two houses outside Switzerland ...

For both I used architects as the project coordinators for part of the renovation. In neither case did it work out very well. Just my personal experience. I would use architects for drawing plans and appoint a builder/engineer as the coordinator. For any larger project I therefore think having a Bauleiter is highly recommended as they will save you stress and maybe even save you money.

I would not denigrate architects as I know several and they are all highly professional and creative people. I would just rather pay a construction specialist to oversee the nitty gritty of construction, spot structural problems (very important on old houses) and kick ass where necessary.
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Old 25.12.2018, 22:40
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Re: Architect mandatory for renovations?


Yes it is not mine interest as well to minimise the profession. After all I do have some grape vine relations who are architects . And there are some rather good examples of fine architecture in Basel.

I am just curious on a new build and if there is something similar as in France (as I mentioned) .

Ps nice name.
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Re: Architect mandatory for renovations?

I renovated an apartment some years ago and I decided to use an architect because there were many different jobs and people that needed to be planned and coordinated and I didn't have the time to follow it up nor the expertise. In the end I was very happy with the result and I thought it was money well spent. The work was terminated on time and on budget.
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Re: Architect mandatory for renovations?

Hi all,

If you engage an architect for a renovation project does he/she bear any liability or they are simply acting as "consultants"? I am in the process of renovating a row house and part of the project is to widen the living room window and bring down some non load bearing walls (as advised by the architect). One of them advised that this is fine and no reinforcement is needed and the second one (based in Germany but as advise licensed to do projects in CH) insisted that a reinforcing beam is required for the window widening and perhaps also on the remaining walls to be brought down. Installing beams drives up the cost significantly (and looks worse) and I am wondering whether the second architect just wants to be completely on the safe side. The project will be submitted to bauamt by both engineers.

Assuming I go with the first one ( i.e. the one claiming that no reinforcement is required), what happens if the house get damaged now or let's say gradually over the years. Can I go back to him to claim damages for ill advise?

P.S. The first architect has budgeted CHF 3k for Sanieursingineur. Is this a structural engineer and if yes does he bear any liability if he clears the project without reinforcement?
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