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Architect's services
Does the arhitekt.lv architectural design office design passive houses, low energy houses and eco-houses?

According to the wishes and possibilities of the client, the team of arhitekt.lv gives advice and offersto design:

  • Passive house (a building with very low energy consumption, which minimizes cold bridges, provides rational ventilation system – recuperation, as well as environmentally friendly type of heating – heat pump, solar cells);
  • Low energy consumption house (low energy consumption building, in which costs of the construction are well balanced with the necessary energy consumption for when the house is put into operation)
  • Eco-house (a building that uses environmentally friendly materials, it is energy-saving and uses a nature-friendly type of heating).
Can the architectural design office arhitekt.lv help me put the building into operation?

The process of putting the building into operation is a time consuming and costly task, as the design itself, which is why our customers usually choose to ask it directly to our specialists.

What additional services are provided by the architectural design office?

The offer of our design office includes not only modern private house projects, but also existing house reconstruction projects, apartment renovation projects, facade insulation and painting projects, as well as 3D visualizations of building facades and cooperation with construction service providers.

Does the arhitekt.lv design office offer other types of projects?

Arhitekt.lv team creates not only private houses, but also garden houses and summer houses, auxiliary and farm buildings, bathhouse projects, wooden frame houses.

Does the arhitekt.lv design office makechanges to existing projects?

If it doesn’t conflict with the copyrights, we reprocess and coordinate existing projects according to the building codes so that the customer can start construction.

Does the architectural design office make changes to standard projects (finished projects)?

If it doesn’t conflict with the copyrights, we reprocess and coordinate existing projects according to the building codes so that the customer can start construction.

Can the architect's design office override a project that has not yet been developed by another designer?

If it doesn’t conflict with the copyrights, we reprocess and coordinate existing projects according to the building codes so that the customer can start construction.

Does the architect's design office carry out legalization of the new buildings or reconstruction of the building?

If the building is built without a construction project, then our specialists will only draft the project documentation after the construction engineer’s survey and conclusion.
In the case of a positive opinion – all structures are safe and built in accordance with building codes, the office of arhitekt.lv carries out project design and coordination.
During construction engineering, access to all building constructions must be ensured.

Design process
What is needed to start a design?

Send us an e-mail of your own sketches or ideasand copies of property documents (for the determination of location andencumbrances).
Our specialist will evaluate the documents and contact you to provide advice and continue the design process.

Why do you have to assign all design work to one company?

Arhitekt.lv ensures that the customer does not need to worry about anything (YOU DON’T HAVE TO go through different instances, look for different specialists, try to coordinate their mutual cooperation).
In our company you can get all the documents necessary to start the project: topography, geology and technical regulations, as well as the development of the whole project, including communications, we coordinate it in all instances and obtain a building permit so that the customer can start construction.

Does the customer have to go to the architect to review the design drawings?

It is not necessary, because the team of architekt.lv offers the coordination of project solutions through e-mail in a way andtime that is convenient for the client.

Can the client himself make a project?

In practice, that is not possible, as project coordination requires designer explanations, clarifications, corrections, additional information that the customer himself cannot provide for the relevant authorities.

Is it possible to startthe project before receiving a building permit?

No, it is not allowed – if willing, the customer can take start the project at his own risk.

Is it possible to start the project if a building permit has been received?

Yes, it is allowed, if the building permit has a mark of approval for the commencement ofdesign and construction work.

How long can a project be developed and coordinated?

All information about the construction process, course and deadlines is available on the website arhitekt.lv, section –house design process and deadlines.

How can you find out how far the project has been coordinated?

Our clients can find out about the status of project’s approval by visiting the section – transparency of the construction project.

Project composition
What is required in addition to architectural and structural parts of the project?

The part of the general plan with the building’s construction and vertical planning, the fence project, the work organization project, as well as the calculation of energy efficiency, external communication projects and documentation in accordance with building codes: engineering topographical plan, engineering geological exploration, designer licenses, certificates, insurance policies. All this is provided by the team of arhitekt.lv.

Is it obligatory for a project to have a communications project?

The project documentation must ensure a minimum of required communications: power supply external networks, water supply and sewerage external networks, as well as heating solution. All this is provided by the team of arhitekt.lv..

Is the geotechnical investigationobligatory?

Geotechnical research is an obligatory part of the project – it is determined by the building codes, because it provides a precise calculation of the bases for the building to be safe.
A designer who tries to persuade the customer that it is not needed is not aware of construction codes, and also tries to save on the customer’s expense and poses a hazard to the building.

Is it sufficient to start the constructiononly with the basic project parts?

That is definitely not enough due to the fact that, on the basis of its coordination, only the building permit can be obtained with the conditions for the construction project, which does not authorize the commencement of construction work.

In order to begin construction, the building permit must receive a mark of approval for the commencement of design and construction work,which can only be obtained by developing and coordinating a complete construction project.

Additional information can be found in the section –home design process.

What deviations from the project can occur during construction?

The project has to be implemented according to its accepted documentation, but it is possible to change non-essential deviations, such as the facade painting, the placement of non-load bearing partition walls, by prior arrangement with the designer and the drafting of the appropriate changes.

Information about the building
How far from the neighbouring land’s border can a house be built?

Typically, a single-storey building may be constructed 4m from the neighbouring border, but in a two-story building 5m from the border.

Our specialists will advise you on whether the intended location of the building is in accordance withthe building codes.

For more information, contact our specialists by filling out the application form!

How high can a private house be built?

Usually 3 floors or 2 floors, also a mansard building is allowed for private houses.

For more information, contact our specialists by filling out the application form.

How to place a building on the land?

Our specialists will advise you on the rationality of your intended building, as well as on the building codes and cardinal directions.

For more information, contact our specialists by filling out the application form.

How can we see if our planned spatial planning is correct?

Our specialists will provide you with advice on whether your intended spatial planning is practical, as well as in compliance with building codes and cardinal directions.

For more information, contact our specialists by filling out the application form.

From what building materials to build a house- wooden frame or lightweight concrete (Aeroc, Ytong, Fibo, Texoblock)?

The cost of a wooden frame building will be slightly cheaper, also you will be able to make practically unlimited external insulation,but during the construction process it is necessary to be careful of adverse weather conditions, as well as anticipate the need for gyprock in the interior construction.

In the light concrete masonry building, both the plaster and gyprock can be used in finishing interior construction, besides, the 500-mm energy-saving block does not require additional insulation, but in turn, it will be more difficult to install communications in the walls.

Our specialists will give you advice on which building materials to choose from.

For more information, contact our specialists by filling out the application form.

How to anticipate building insulation?

Our specialists will give you advice on what is the required normative for outer walls, foundation and roof insulation in accordance with your building project.

For more information, contact our specialists by filling out the application form.

Which type of heating to choose?

It depends on the amenities and possibilities. Most popular options are:

  • Air or ground heat pump, which will definitely be cheaper than electro-radiators. This will be convenient if you do not want to use the pellet boiler.
  • Gas supply will be convenient and reasonable if there is a direct connection across your land and you do not want to use the pellet boiler.
  • A pellet boiler will be reasonable if you are not sure about the heat pump and gas supply is not available. In that case you should consider the you will need to boil it weekly and require a space for storing the pellets.
What if there is a forest land or unwanted trees on the site?

During the design of your construction project, a permit for deforestation andtree felling must be obtainedfrom the responsible institutions.

Project costs
How much does a home project cost?

The fastest way to find out the cost of your construction project is by asking a question here!

Why do some designers offer very low design costs?

There may be several reasons for this:

  • The designer does not have the appropriate certification, licenses, obligatory civil liability insurance or they practice tax evasion,
  • as well as for the relevant reasons, clients don’t trust them and they don’t have the projects, thus trying to get at least one customer;
  • or he does not work officially: does not conclude a contract with the customer, thus providing the hidden costs that will be charged to the customer during the design,
  • or simply is a fraud who, after receiving the first instalment, will not complete the design.
How can I know if a designer is trustworthy?

Our customers can get acquainted with the company and specialist’s certifications, evaluate the company’s visibility and reliability, and follow the whole process of the project.

How to make sure that the design office is certified?

Our customers can see the company and specialist’s certification in section –why customers choose arhitekt.lv.

Where can I see the projects developed by arhitekt.lv team?

You can find developed projects on our website, ingallery – private house projects.

How much does it cost to build a house?

Exact construction costs – estimates will be provided by the builders after completing the construction project, but the indicative costs can be estimated afterour first designed sketches.

We always recommend reliable builders to our clients.

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