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How to discuss your new home or additions with an architect

You have chosen an architect that you feel comfortable with. (See previous blog) How well you and your architect communicate will affect how closely the design meets your needs and how much of your personality and taste ends up in the final product. Communication is critical in home design projects. It is important to ask...

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Preliminary Discussions with your Architect, What to expect;

When you have found an architect and made sure that he specializes in the branch of architecture (see previous post) you require, you meet him for a preliminary consultation, and expect to do and hear the following; You • Make sure that the architect is a SAIA and SACAP member in good standing. • You...

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How to Choose an Architect

When you are building a new home, you are probably making the biggest investment of your life. Building or renting a new home for your business can have a huge financial impact on your company. You need the right professional to assist you. How to find the right architect for your project Some experts say...

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Why use an Architect?

Creating a new building or changing an existing one is both challenging and very rewarding. In appointing an architect to assist, you gain a valuable partner that will provide conceptual and practical support to assure that the end result of your venture meets all your expectations. Architects are trained to turn your aspirations into reality....

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When to Employ an Architect?

Most individuals and companies know that they need the services of an architectural professional when they contemplate the construction of a new home or building, or when they wish to modify an existing building, In South Africa the National Building Regulations requires that an architect or member of the “South African Council for Architectural Practice”...

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The Value of Employing an Architect

We all live and work in buildings, and cannot avoid experiencing them. In all types of buildings, from small to the largest, we “interact with our buildings” In South Africa architecture is the sole profession whose members are qualified to design and provide advice as well as technical and aesthetic judgment, to the built environment...

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What value do architects provide during the construction process?

As the expert in this field, the architect will oversee the construction of the building on your behalf. You do not have to worry about the project, as your architect and his consultant team do that for you. You will be invited to “site meetings” chaired by your architect so that you can experience the...

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What further value do architects provide?

You have decided to proceed with your building project. Or possibly to lease or build a new home for your business. Or perhaps you wish to create an investment property? The second part of an architect’s service deals with local authority approvals. It also deals with construction documentation, as well as tender procedures. Your architect...

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What value do architects provide?

All humans live in buildings. Most of us interact with buildings for the greater part of our day. But we have no or very little idea of the role that architects play in creating these buildings. Architects design buildings. They provide advice, technical and aesthetic judgment and management in the built environment. If you’re a...

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Green Star Rating

The following is extracted from the GBSA Website, which I think is up to date. There are as you can see only one building which is certified, and a handful which has been registered for certification. I think the costs of 5% of the building cost is the norm that QS firms add to the...