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Micololo

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Micololo, it is tough to understand your post. What in particular is the issue with the technical review by the College of Architects? Could you elucidate? They review the plans and assign a (normally low) value of the construction.

 

The Municipality does the "ok for our local restrictions" review, then you start building. You can grow by 10% of the original plan and make changes as you go. It is much more flexible than in the U.S. or many other countries.

 

The principle blocks are the 300 sq meter limit (without additional information) and the distance from water sources (nacimentos)... (which is not the College, but a general requirement.)

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Micololo, it is tough to understand your post. What in particular is the issue with the technical review by the College of Architects? Could you elucidate? They review the plans and assign a (normally low) value of the construction.

 

The Municipality does the "ok for our local restrictions" review, then you start building. You can grow by 10% of the original plan and make changes as you go. It is much more flexible than in the U.S. or many other countries.

 

 

 

 

 

The way the architect told us it works, is that he does a construction cost estimate based on the square meters of the house that would be built. He then draws the plans and gets approval from the collegio. At this point, there is already a signed contract between the architect and the owner based on a percentage of the costs estimated from the collegio. You could be very suprised by the results, the costs from the collegio could differ very much from the architect. We went ourselves to check the price of materials to build at 2 different places and we found that these costs came to less than half of what the architect had estimated. It is to their advantage to raise the costs of buildings since they get a percentage of the total value of the house.

 

In Quebec, Canada we only pay 25$ to get a building permit and the house plans are done by the store where the materials are bought at no additional costs. We understand it can be different in other countries but asking 14,000$US to draw plans and get the contruction permit seems to be outrageous to us and furthermore, it could even be higher if the collegio comes back with a higher evaluation.

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Micololo ask around if anyone knows of a ICE employee who works with the college of architecture. We have been introduced to many...or should say many introduced themselves to us.

Locally, we had plans drawn for a friends simple 1500 sq ft house, but with 10 ft ceilings, extra high doors, then took it to the municipality to apply for a permit. Well, although it took over 3 months to get the permit, it did cost over $900. Of course by then, construction had started.

The plans were drawn up by this worker (who is a Topographer for ICE & for private work) and OK'ed by the COA/engineers, complete with all the required stamps. These cost under $2000, printed and ready to go.

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