Architects Fees Marbella and Costa del Sol

British Architect Marbella

What does an architect charge in Marbella and the Costa del Sol? Conventionally they charge a percentage of the build cost. While there are no mandatory rates almost all architects quote the standard rates of their colegio. The percentages vary according to the scale of the project. The Architects Colleges that supervise the architects inContinue reading

Design for Healthy Temperature and Humidity

Indoor humidity

A healthy room temperature is between 19 and 20 degrees about 68 degrees Fahrenheit (YAWN!). The bedroom should be about 2 degrees lower for a good night’s sleep because your body temperature naturally lowers during sleep (DOUBLE YAWN (irony intentional)). Much more interesting is what is will be the temperature on the Starship Enterprise usingContinue reading

Passive House in Cross Laminated Timber: Sotogrande

Pasive Haus Spain

This villa has a 321 sq m built area on a plot of 1124 sq m in near Sotogrande, San Roque, Cadiz. We are currently waiting for the Building Licence Approval. The building will be to passive House standards. The German Institute of Passive Houses is the leading authority on energy efficient houses. The keyContinue reading

Design Your Villa for Clean Air


We tend to think of ourselves as safe inside our modern homes. We walk through our front door and we shut out all the nasty things outside: the weather, air pollutants ………. office politics and we feel we can relax and be safe. #healthyhousedesign Unfortunately maybe there are some nasty things inside our home thatContinue reading

Natural Light Design Features for Health and Well Being

natural light in the home

We all know that light affects our moods. If you wake up and it’s a sunny day you can feel full of joy and the whole day rolls out well. Wake up and it’s cold and grey and the opposite happens. Sunshine! It’s one of the reasons we Northern Europeans are living in Spain: #healthyhousedesignContinue reading

Contemporary Energy Efficient Villa in Elviria Marbella

Modern Design

This is a project in Elviria for a modern energy efficient villa. It is 262.45 sq m + basement. The ground floor has an open plan living kitchen dining room facing the shaded terrace and the pool and the views. There is an office, laundry room and store. On the first floor are 4 bedroomsContinue reading