Architectural Fees – What is Appropriate?

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I was at a social gathering one night and the conversation turned to prices for architectural services, of all things… An acquaintance told me (slightly upset) that he had paid more than 60,000 NOK (approx. 8000 EUR) in architectural fees even before he put the shovel in the ground! After interrogating him about what kind of services the architect had done I had to disagree that this was an exorbitant … Continue reading

My Wrinkled Résumé

My Wrinkled Résumé

Introduction A CV is a kind of reverse biography, where you start with today’s bravado and work your way backward. Under the presumption that older = less relevant, work related milestones are listed, mixed with a suitable dosage of personal interests and volunteer work. The person as a whole has little to do with it, since we exclusively present the sunny version of ourselves. For example, you would not reveal … Continue reading

We’re building a new house, how do we make it our dream home?

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Ask the architect: Hello, we’re a family of six planning to move out of our current home once we’ve built a new house in the garden. Could you give us some advice on what we should be aware of in this situation? How do we turn it into our dream home? Answer: Planning and building a house from scratch gives you a unique opportunity to get it just the way … Continue reading

A Flexible (Semi) Detached Extension

A Flexible Semi Detached Extension

Hurray! We just got the principal permit for my second project as an independent architect! This project was a bit of a nut to crack. The starting point was the house on the picture to the left, from the 80´s, with a steeply slanted roof. The owners are a family of five, with two adults and three teenagers, who have long since outgrown their house. The idea is that the … Continue reading

10 Reasons for Hiring an Architect

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“Why hire an architect?” you might ask yourself… According to prejudice only the rich can afford them, and only the less creative really need them anyway. Reason no. 1: You Have Plans For Your House The most obvious reason for hiring an architect is that you have plans to build or rebuild your house, because it no longer meets your needs. If this isn’t already a good enough reason for … Continue reading

Our Major Home Renovation (part 3)

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In part 1 and part 2 of this series I mentioned that we got a water leakage in our basement the same month we moved into our new home. Actually the water came into the house twice within a couple of weeks due to a period of heavy rainfall. The water flooded the communal pipes in the road making the water recoil into several of the basements in the neighborhood, … Continue reading

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