Depending on the size and type of the building and the desired result, a renovation can be a complex undertaking. Here, specialist knowledge is required right from the planning stage, craftsmen must still be commissioned, the trades coordinated and the work monitored. A layperson – even one with technical knowledge – is quickly overwhelmed here. To ensure a smooth and timely process, it can be advisable to bring an architect or planner on board.
How Does The Architect Help With The Renovation?
The architect actively supports the client in all phases of the renovation. With his specialist knowledge and knowledge of all construction and planning regulations, he ensures that the construction project runs smoothly.
The Architect Is A Good Contact For The Following Tasks:
- Assessment of the building and assessment of the possibilities and limits of the renovation
- Planning of the renovation according to the client’s wishes and taking into account the building stock
- Recommendations for structures and building materials
- Energy advice
- Advice on funding programs
- Creation of draft and execution drawings for the craftsmen
- Examination of legal requirements such as building permit, monument protection or construction
- Cost estimate and tender
- Award of construction work
- Supervision of the execution as construction manager and acceptance
Also, there is a large number of renovation work for which a building permit is not required – and therefore at least in theory no architect.
According to Section 61 of the Model Building Regulations, this includes the following construction measures:
Solar power systems and solar panels on roofs and outside walls
Walls and retaining walls on the property up to a height of 2 m (except outside)
Private traffic routes
- non-load-bearing and non-stiffening components in structures
- Modification of load-bearing or bracing components within residential buildings of building classes 1 and 2 (free-standing buildings up to 7 m high with no more than 2 residential units and a total gross area of maximum 400 m²)
- Windows and doors and the openings intended for them
- External wall cladding, including thermal insulation measures, except high-rise buildings, facing and plastering of structures
- Roofing including measures of thermal insulation
- Changes of use if this does not result in any changes in public law requirements.