Architects Fees Marbella and Costa del Sol

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

The Importance of Light in Your New Build Villa Marbella

Passive House Windows in Spain

Here is a question for you………: Is light the single most important feature that affects your mood in your home? If it is then is it therefore the most important mood factor in your house altogether: daylight, glass walls, light wells, skylights and artificial light and………., the big one in Spain, shade. We all instinctivelyContinue reading

Can Architect’s Fees be Totally Transparent?

Viability of building a home in Spain

The other day I was telling my sister about our business and I said something like ……. “We are building a brand based on honesty: there are no hidden commissions, no posturing….we don’t pretend to be who we are not or make exaggerated claims about what we have done or can do, and…….. we areContinue reading

A Well Informed Discussion on Climate Change

IPCC Report

If you find the IPCC report a little heavy and you would like to listen to a well informed discussion about climate change here is a recording of a dicussion set up by the BBC. Its only 53 minutes. It’s well worth a listen. Here it is. If you want the orginal IPCC report itContinue reading

Modern Renewable Energy Systems in Spanish Villas

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy systems have in the past been associated with being weak, expensive, and unreliable. For many people the concept goes with eco-warriors living off grid in situations where they can’t have all mod cons. Well let me tell you. Things have changed! We are installing a renewable energy system in a modern villa thatContinue reading

Do you NEED the Tesla Powerwall battery?

tesla-powerwall-2

Under some circumstances you probably do. The key thing about this battery is that it has a high capacity and a high output (so you can run the kettle and the washing machine for example). It’s also small, clean, and easily mountable on the wall. Forget the old days of rows of kind of carContinue reading