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What are the advantages of an individual project compared to a catalogue project?

Catalogue design has one basic advantage – it is cheap because it used by a lot of people, it is also ready, so there is no concept stage. However, a typical project also requires adaptation to the conditions of the parcel and the project of utilities connection, land development, which also takes about 2‑3 months. The cost of such adaptation with connections is an amount of several thousands PLN.

The individual project is tailored from the start to the location to the needs and budget of the client, and focuses on the process of finding the best solutions. There are many client dreams that cannot be otherwise included in a typical project. The individual design also allows for optimization of the design because it is calculated for a particular plot and ground conditions, weather conditions and not for the harshest conditions, as is the case in typical projects. The entire design process allows you to think about many issues at the drawing stage when the changes are relatively easy and cost nothing. It is common for customers to change typical projects at the construction stage, spending thousands or tens of thousands on these changes. So the typical project itself is cheaper, but in implementation stage it may be more expensive. By saving a few thousands PLN at the design stage, we often do much more at the construction stage.

The project tells us how we spend hundreds of thousands of golden zlotys. This is a plan of our expenses, most often the most serious in our life and for life. For such investments, you do not have to hurry, omitting the concept and analysis stage, and do not save on a decent plan how to do it right.

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What do I have to prepare for the project cost VALUATION?

The standard price of the project can be obtained by writing to ekodama.architektura@gmail.com with the note "Request for a typical offer".

You need to collect some formal information about the plot and investment to confirm this price or upgrade. If you are just buying a plot in Poland, the necessary documents will have the owner as they are needed for notarial deed. In Poland you should obtain:

  • List and outline of the Local Spatial Development Plan (Plan Miejscowy) for a given plot (in the Local District or City Office, it takes 1‑2 days). If there is no plan for a plot, it will be necessary to obtain a Housing Development Decision – Warunki Zabudowy (this can be done by the architect, it takes about 3 months in the District office) – this is the basic information about the plot and tells you what can be built on it.

  • A copy of the registration map and an extract from the land and buildings register – Ewidencja gruntów i mapa ewidencyjna (in the District Office, 1‑2 days) – this is information for the architect of the plot area, the owners and its functions and legal status.

  • Information about connecting utilities to the plot (water, electricity, gas, sewage). If the investor does not have such data, he can ask the neighbours of the estate or in the City Council office. It may also be helpful to get a copy of the basic map, with the network of underground utilities (in the District Office, 1‑2 days) is marked- Mapa zasadnicza.

In the case of small plots of up to 15 acres, you can immediately provide a design map (Mapa Projektowa) with a scope covering all areas where we will connect the installation and discharge of waste water.

And of course :) please provide information about your expectations, ideas, priorities, dreams. For example, you can prepare a short text file with the answers to your questions: What are your dreams about the investment, the life style, the space you need, and whether or not there will be other functions besides the flat?

• How many people will live in the building and will people with disabilities use it?

• What approximate rooms and functions will be needed?

• What is the approximate size and budget (if known)?

• Do you have any preferences regarding installation systems, structures, materials used?

• Do you have a preference for style, form? Maybe you have some examples of what you like?

• How many people will be deciding (take part in the cooperation with the architect) during the project?

• What is the plot and do you have dreams about land development?

This is not binding information, more about research stage. In the design process some things can be modified. Please send it to ekodama.architektura@gmail.com. I usually reply to queries within 2 working days. If you do not receive an answer, please write; call, because your message could be missing somewhere.

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What does cooperation look like?

Design is a process of co-creation, in which a very important factor is the client. The whole process often changes the imagination of the very idea of the building itself, showing many important elements that at first glance may seem irrelevant or invisible. This process transforms and builds on the client's partnership with the architect.

Cooperation officially begins with the signing of the contract. Before signing it you will be able to read and analyse the agreement. I start work from visiting the parcel of land and exploring the area. An important part of this stage is the conversation, in which, as in a gentle interview, with coffee I try to draw from Your dreams. Then I proceed to analysing the location, its flaws and values together with the analysis of the sun aspect. The results of our analysis, together with sketches of two concepts (with simplified localisation, plot and 3d design profile – empty cubits of shapes) are presented at the first design meeting. Most often, one concept is detailed at approximately three consecutive client design meetings, discussing all relevant issues and preferences. You can also make most arrangements by email or telephone.

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How long does it take to complete a project?

The time it takes to develop a project depends on the type of investment and many other factors, such as legal, ownership, social, geotechnical, environmental and historical issues, as well as the scope of the project.

In the case of houses, the concept phase usually takes about two months. Sometimes it may be more if the solutions found will still require improvement or the design is unusual.

The construction project together with the land development project is also about 2 months. Sometimes this stage can be extended if additional, unusual studies are needed, such as agreement with heritage conservator of monuments or consent to archaeological research. Then it consists of a completed project with all attachments to issue a construction permit / report. 2 months for permission / 1 month for silent consensus respectively. Therefore, the project should start at least half a year before the planned date of commencement of construction.

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What should I prepare to sign the contract?

To sign the contract will be necessary the same documents that are needed for the valuation:

  • List and outline of the Local Spatial Development Plan (Plan Miejscowy) for a given plot (in the Local District or City Office, it takes 1‑2 days). If there is no plan for a plot, it will be necessary to obtain a Housing Development Decision – Warunki Zabudowy (this can be done by the architect, it takes about 3 months in the District office) – this is the basic information about the plot and tells you what can be built on it.

  • A copy of the registration map and an extract from the land and buildings register – Ewidencja gruntów i mapa ewidencyjna (in the District Office, 1‑2 days) – this is information for the architect of the plot area, the owners and its functions and legal status.

  • Information about connecting utilities to the plot (water, electricity, gas, sewage). If the investor does not have such data, he can ask the neighbours of the estate or in the City Council office. It may also be helpful to get a copy of the basic map, with the network of underground utilities (in the District Office, 1‑2 days) is marked- Mapa zasadnicza.

In the case of small plots of up to 15 acres, you can immediately provide a design map (Mapa Projektowa) with a scope covering all areas where we will connect the installation and discharge of waste water.

In addition, you will need proof of identity and contact details (email, phone). During the term of the contract, it will be necessary to obtain the conditions for connection to the water and sewage, power and gas networks and the design map, including the location of the building on the plot along with the connections.

Before the construction project, after the completion of the concept it is recommended to commissioned geotechnical investigation of the land under the planned location of the house. If the building is in landslide or other difficult terrain, it may be necessary to conduct a full geological survey, which may take up to 6 months to develop. Keep this in mind when having a plot in such a location.

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I do not want to deal with issues related to the project. Can I commission an architect to deal with all the matters?

I do not want to deal with issues related to the project. Can I commission an architect to deal with all the matters?

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Does building a small home require a building permit in Poland?

Polish construction law specifies the objects for which construction, reconstruction or demolition works are not required for a construction permit (demolition). Small buildings are usually subject to the notification procedure without a building project (one-storied buildings or recreational areas up to 35m2 of development area). Projects of larger buildings may be subject to the notification or construction permit procedure, but construction project is required for both cases.

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What is a construction project and what is the scope of the construction project being developed in the design studio?

A construction project is a design that is required in Polish Town offices to obtain a building permit / make a declaration and determines the basic parameters of the investment. Polish regulations specify in detail what should be submitted for a construction project.

The standard construction design, offered by eKodama includes: • architectural design to the extent necessary to obtain a building permit (preceded by the concept stage); • design of internal systems (eg, c.w., electrical installations, lightning protection), • design of construction with executive design elements (including foundations and roof truss); • design of utility connections (water, sewer, electricity, rainwater), • energy efficiency certificate.

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Why should I pay deposit?

In addition to the architect, several specialists, such as construction desiners, installers, etc., are required to work on the smallest project, for which the architect must pay, irrespective of the receipt of the final documentation (which can be suspended for administrative reasons independent of investor or architect). Advance payment is mostly for partial team fees and preparation costs. It is also collateral in the event of termination of the contract and then is non-refundable. Serves start coverage due to discontinuity of work.

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What is the work of the architect?

The work of the architect is multi-faceted and often some of its aspects are difficult to measure. Apart from palpable tasks such as the design of a project concept, construction design, industry and legal coordination of an investment, the architect performs a number of activities and analysis aimed at solving functional, formal, urban and social problems, taking into account historical, environmental, conservation and cultural conditions. The architect is also acts as psychologist who tries to understand the needs of their clients and find a form for them.

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