"When embarking upon the decision to invest in property, one of the first issues to decide is whether or not to employ an architect. In some ways architects are shrouded in mystery so that people do not know what they are letting themselves in for. For the most part, the common prejudice exists that an architect is an unnecessary expense. Here follow some of our points of view in this regard."
Stage 0: Documentation of Existing
"In the case of renovations, clients must supply plans of the existing house (Scale 1:100) or , if no such plans can be found or are inaccurate, CC Architects shall be instructed to document the existing at an agreed rate."
Stage 1: Concept Design
"I believe that by proper design, such as having a long term plan for the extension of your property, you are able to add on in stages or all at once, knowing that you will not encounter structural or technical problems later on. This implies that you will be adding value to your estate instead of creating a suburban squatter camp. Having proper designs for a feasibility study gives you the added advantage that if the study is positive, the project can be built as designed and if the study does not have the wanted results, you know that the numbers you were looking at were based on fiction instead of facts."
Stage 2: Design Development & Statutory Documentation
Stage 3: Technical Documentation
Stage 4: Contract Administration and inspection