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Architect, Surveyor, Builder

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Architect, Surveyor, Builder

Post Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:26 pm

As the search for a property matures I must turn my thoughts to what to do with it when found. Much as I believe in supporting local tradesmen I prefer to live in a house which will still be here after I've gone and one in which all of the bits work so I need to find an Architect who speaks English and hopefully he'll (or she) lead to the other two but I'm also open to recommendations of builders with a good reputation who can produce plans and process planning and building consent applications.

 

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Re: Architect, Surveyor, Builder

Post Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:18 pm

Much will depend on where you buy as then you an find a local architect and builder. You do not tend to get surveyors in the English form to do surveys before you buy a property. I can help in the Kazanlak/Stara Zagora area.


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Re: Architect, Surveyor, Builder

Post Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 5:28 am

In September 2014, my husband and I will move to Sofia. My husband is a French Architect. He has been working in the US for nine years (speaks English, French, Italian fluently and some Spanish). He is US LEED certified and has experience in residential, commercial and public developments. We have friends in Bulgaria that are civil engineers and speak some English. Let us know if you need assistance.

 

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Re: Architect, Surveyor, Builder

Post Posted: Wed May 14, 2014 12:10 pm

Thank you both but you describe the problem precisely. There are architects, surveyors and builders galore in Sofia and Zagora but none in Ivaylovgrad. The difficulty is a combination of accessibility (we use the road through Greece just to make a supermarket shop) which is part of the charm of our area and local knowledge. The changes in Bulgarian planning law in recent years have been many; not all architect have embraced them and even fewer builders. For a Sofia or even Plovdiv architect to run a successful project at the other end of the country is possible but potentially expensive.

 

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Re: Architect, Surveyor, Builder

Post Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:03 pm

Its is not usual to get a house here surveyed.


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Re: Architect, Surveyor, Builder

Post Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:20 pm

Because something is not usual does not make it wrong. The perilous condition of most domestic buildings, particularly outside the main cities should make a survey more not less usual. Were more surveys instructed perhaps there would be fewer unhappy people with buildings they cannot sell.

 

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Re: Architect, Surveyor, Builder

Post Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:25 am

I did not say it was right, I just said it was the way it works over here.

I very much doubt that more surveys would mean there were fewer people unhappy with buildings they cannot sell. It is not usually because they have bought something structurally unsound. Most buy cheap houses anyway and cracks and roof problems etc are easy to see. Most structural problems are very apparent and all know they are going to have to do alot of work on a place when they buy cheap. The problem comes when they try and get building work done and rebuild or renovate, which all know and accept and want to do. Poor building standards accounts for many problems. A survey before buying would do nothing to solve this. And those that struggle to sell are ones that have completely unrealistic prices.


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