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    Hi
    is it possible to pay an architect to design your home with one cash payment?
    Or is it always 6, 7, 8% of the construction price??

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerramjet1 View Post
    Hi
    is it possible to pay an architect to design your home with one cash payment?
    Or is it always 6, 7, 8% of the construction price??
    Give him a 'brief' of your requirements for the planned house and the services you expect of him and ask for a price. He will estimate the cost based upon areas and likely work out a percentage based upon that but at least you get a lump sum based upon his fee proposal and that is easier to manage. I assume you would further seek the design services of a structural engineer and building services engineer or would you ask him to undertake full design responsibilities for all engineering aspects? It is not uncommon in DR for one Designer to offer all design services.

    By the way professional indemnity is restricted to 5 years in DR if I am correct for design errors and omissions.

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    look at other houses and take alot of photos...pic a design u like

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerramjet1 View Post
    Hi
    is it possible to pay an architect to design your home with one cash payment?
    Or is it always 6, 7, 8% of the construction price??
    Are you familiar with building in the DR. This is not an easy process with many pitfalls along the way. Where are you considering building? Remember the #1 rule is to make sure you are in a secure area. As a gringo building a house you will be target. Think it all through twice.

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    Yes, that is possible.... I did it.

    Describe what you want and ask for plans....
    my fees had nothing to do with the construction costs.

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    Hillbilly, a long time member of this board has a family member who is an architect.

    http://dr1.com/forums/showthread.php...=1#post1294136

    If you contact him by pm you could get her contact info.

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    Done it twice and just paid an agreed to fee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ju10prd View Post
    Give him a 'brief' of your requirements for the planned house and the services you expect of him and ask for a price. He will estimate the cost based upon areas and likely work out a percentage based upon that but at least you get a lump sum based upon his fee proposal and that is easier to manage. I assume you would further seek the design services of a structural engineer and building services engineer or would you ask him to undertake full design responsibilities for all engineering aspects? It is not uncommon in DR for one Designer to offer all design services.

    By the way professional indemnity is restricted to 5 years in DR if I am correct for design errors and omissions.
    Are you sure its not 5 days like I have experienced. They pull the national "its not my fault" like everyone else. More importantly do they even have an accredited engineering school in the DR? The amount of latent errors as well common sense errors is incredible

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    My best friend is one of the best architects in Santiago.. If you'd like I could put him in contact with you. I've built 4 houses with him in the 15-20 million peso range. You can check one out at www.casa45donaisabel.com and here is pictures of my own residence that he also built - http://olimare.com/bienes-raices-rep...p#.VzoEPPkrKUk . Send me a PM if interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerramjet1 View Post
    Hi
    is it possible to pay an architect to design your home with one cash payment?
    Or is it always 6, 7, 8% of the construction price??
    If a Dominican Architect is what you need, I recommend Jose Horacio Marranzini.

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