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Renovation, modernization and conversion of existing buildings also gain more weight with single family houses in relation to the new building. Used homes are often better located, the settlements have established social structures and the environment is much better for buyers to estimate than in an unfinished development area. The company has the economic and environmental benefits: areas are not sealed, infrastructure does not need to create a reorganization will save the demolition and that the burden of building debris, the life cycle of existing components is extended.
The motives of developers for the modernization of an existing building is more complex than those for the construction of a new family home. This classic is built in the family formation stage or after a change of residence. Both are also occasions for modernization – but there are many more: After the departure of the children to change land uses and needs, a house should be age appropriate, residents want to come in building services and appearance to date. Currently, funding is often also lead to a decision to share not only a dilapidated heating but misjudgment like the building, install new windows and maybe even a winter garden to grow.
Large rooms in small houses
The old buildings requires more knowledge of architects and more benefits than the new building. For the latter one collects users’ needs, agreeing this with the construction law and is implemented within these parameters an optimal plan creation. If an exposed exterior effect is desired, they can be easily realized. This usually leads to the heterogeneous new housing developments, such as are found today in many urban fringe.
The existing buildings, however, starts with a detailed analysis of the building and its surroundings. It of course requires a profound knowledge of different construction techniques of the relevant age groups. The finding is to carefully determine and document to the client in detail. Especially on a tight budget should be prioritized and recommended – especially of course in terms of measures to remedy the damage to the building.
If funding is claimed, to save energy in advance detailed evidence should be presented. Insulation thicknesses, different materials, new heating, ventilation and new windows, glasses should be put in a function and before the award to be proven. This should be turned on with energy consultants. But also for architects, it is very helpful if they are uncomfortable in the development programs and the building owners at least have an advisory capacity.
Regardless of the technical renovation work is usually also the order and cultivation of spaces desired. The living behavior has changed over the generations. In older houses, the “living room” is usually not visible from the kitchen is separate. A large master bedroom, and several small children were standard on the top floor. The bathrooms were small, the equipment was limited to the minimum. In the garden, the focus was on agricultural crops.
Today the kitchen is not hidden, but is the center of the house and communication. The transitions to the living area and garden are fluid and often open. Although today is cooking less and less, or more simply, the importance of the kitchen is high. Not infrequently, is represented with an expensive kitchen social status. Baths are more a feel-good area and the toilet often separated them; often, a small bathroom for children or guests installed. Closet and built-in niches replace the old wardrobe. The site of washing machine and dryer is new German “Utility Facilities” and is often found instead of the old pantry. The window sizes were based mostly in old buildings at the time technically possible glass sizes. There are now almost no restrictions.
Anyone who engages in the architectural structure, one must understand the structural system. Wall erosion often have to be replaced by beams, new roof loads of insulation and building require reinforcements in the roof and other load-bearing components. In additions it should be noted that the installation space of the original building was usually not sustainable and we set up the foundation of the existing building needs. For extensions and building code restrictions are observed.
Acquire projects – calculate fee
Many building owners with existing buildings underestimate the complexity of their project, believe they can get along with craftsmen and DIY materials and without an architect. Awareness about the value of good architecture make this reference samples (it need not be necessarily own!), Presentations such as at the date of architecture or in smaller towns is also evidence to the local newspaper, which often likes to articles on topics like “New life in a traditional settlement” prints. Counseling for potential home buyers are not only its own source of income, but can also serve the acquisition of design contracts. In advance you can call the buyers need for remediation or construction defects, but also show hidden potential of the property – and thus bring even as a future building partner in conversation.
The fees are already at the construction of new single-family homes often barely adequate – and certainly not in the portfolio. In the current HOAI no costs are more to be set for existing buildings, which are only to settle any conversion surcharge. Another problem is the agreement on the fee based on the cost estimate, before the construction work. An accurate inventory can often be made until after the beginning of the dismantling operations, respectively. Therefore, the cost estimates always include a position with “unforeseen”, at the height of about ten to 15 percent of the calculated construction costs. This provides a buffer for the planning fee, but also for the financing of the project by the client.
When clients want to bring in own work, they must be ascribed to the fees in accordance with normal construction costs. The architect often has to plan out and work as a construction manager is responsible for ensuring that they are implemented properly. Thus, here is a particularly careful monitoring of the works is necessary. Because of the low cost, it is usually a small office specializing in this segment. Frequently, these are also the first orders for new teachers. The latter, however, should compensate the lack of experience by the inevitable involvement of experienced planners.