Architectural Fees – What is Appropriate?

Norwegian money

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

Aalesund Art Noveau City No. 1

Alesund Art Noveau City no. 1

November has swept by quickly, leaving this blog sorely unattended, but with breaths of several new projects to my architectural practice. Among others one that brought me to the venerable Jugend city on the coast of Norway, called Aalesund (Ålesund). I had time for a short date with my camera, and took some pictures of this fabulous city by the sea. Not the blue skies to which I had grown … 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

10 reasons

“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 1)

newattic

When we were househunting, in Norway back in 1997, I knew it the moment we walked into the house; that we had found our new home. I suspected our friends and family thought we had lost our marbles, buying a house labeled “a renovator’s dream” with a baby on the way and no handyman tendencies to speak of, and perhaps they were right. Fortunately for us I am an architect … Continue reading

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