FAQ

DO I HAVE TO BUY THE LAND IF I ONLY LIKE THE DESIGN?
Absolutely not. Altough these projects are designed to perfectly fit in these properties (views, terrain orientation, maximum areas and heights, etc), you can buy any Package you like and use it in any other property you have/like. Another reason is because the properties may not be available at the time of your purchase.
WHAT IF I'M INTEREST ALSO IN BUYING THE PROPERTY? DO YOU SELL IT?
First of all, let me congratulate you for your great and brave decision! As we are not registered to sell, buy or mediate any Real Estate property, the process goes like this:
  1. Contact me, via email with your request. From here I'll check if the property is still available directly with the Owner or with the Realtors.
  2. I'll contact you with the purchase conditions and details;
  3. Assuming the property is available and that the conditions meets your expectations, the next step is for you to purchase the Package.
  4. I'll send you the Package with the contacts of the Seller so you can start the buying process.
WHAT IF I WANT TO CHANGE SOMETHING?
No problem, we do this frequently. It's your home it should be just right for you. The process for customizing your plan is straightforward; it goes like this:
  1. Contact me, via email and I'll review the intended modifications. Be sure to send along any pertinent sketches or a detailed description of the changes you'd like made. From this I'll develop an estimate of the price and the time it will take to modify the drawings for you to review.
  2. Assuming the estimate and written change description meets your approval, the next step is for you to purchase the plans along with 50% of the quote to modify the drawings. This acts as the deposit and is my cue to begin modifying the drawings per your request. Shortly after I receive the order, I'll confirm with you via email the expected turn around time, which will depend on our current workload.
  3. I'll contact you again when the design changes have been finalized and request the balance of the modification time. Upon receipt of that order, I'll email you the finalized modified PDF package.
HOW WILL I RECEIVE THE DRAWINGS?
The drawings will be available to you within 7 days after purchase. This is the time needed to make sure everything is up to date for you. A link to download the PDF and CAD files will be sent to your email.
WHAT'S INCLUDED?
Intended for you to review the basic plan layout, this package includes floor plans, sections and exterior elevations. These plans are priced to aid you evaluating whether this is the right design for you. If so you can use them 'as is' to submit for a Building Licence (Licenciamento) with any architect you choose to, if not you can modify them to better suit your needs.
  • Cover Sheet – notes, license agreement, legend
  • Floor Plans – dimensioned layout drawings*
  • Exterior Elevations – showing windows, doors, + exterior materials*
  • Building Sections + Details*
  • Interior Elevations*
  • Photo-realistic images
Other resources included:
  • Project Roadmap
  • Developer Guidelines
  • Material List
  • Green Solutions Features Guide

* delivered in PDF and CAD files, best for use by architects, engineers and Builders.
DOES IT INCLUDE STRUCTURAL DRAWINGS?
No. Because local design conditions, climate concerns and codes vary so widely, it's impossible for us to design a structure that would work for every location. For this reason, the license agreement requires you to retain the services of a local engineer to design the structural system for your project.
DOES IT INCLUDE PLUMBING DRAWINGS/FIXTURE SCHEDULES?
Plumbing fixture types are shown on the plans, but the set doesn't include rough-in locations or fixture selections. If you'd like help selecting appropriate fixtures, we can be hired to aid in the selection process. Plumbing runs and rough-in will be influenced by local codes and must be coordinated with the structural design (see above). As such, these decisions are too coordinated with local engineers.
DOES IT INCLUDE ELECTRICAL DRAWINGS?
Most designs do not, there are a few that may do. If they're included, you'll find them listed in the drawing list. We can be hired to develop and customize the lighting plan as needed to suit your design.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO BUILD?

This will vary based on your location and the equipments/specifications you choose. Here in Lisbon area, we typically tell clients to expect the construction costs between €900-1.300/square meter (this excludes site costs + land acquisition). It's also highly dependent on the builder involved and how much of the work you perform yourself. So, there's definitely some variability in the actual price range.
CAN I COPY THE PLANS?
Yes, and no. You can freely distribute the plans, say for example to Contractors + Subcontractors, so that they're able to price and build your home, but you can't freely distribute it to others to construct their homes too. The plans are licensed for use in constructing only one home. Purchasing the plans means you're bound to the licensing terms, which spell reproduction rights out in more detail. I retain the copyrights for the plans but allow you to use them for the duration of the project.
    ARE YOU AVAILABLE DURING CONSTRUCTION TO ANSWER QUESTIONS?
    Absolutely. I'd be happy to consult with you - at my current hourly rate - and guide any remaining decisions you might need to make or walk you through some of the details. Contact me via email to schedule a time to talk.
    WHY SHOULD I BUY AN EXCLUSIVE CONCEPT DESIGN?
    There are a number of reasons to buy such an Exclusive Design Package. You may love the timeless design; You may feel connected with the Lifestyle it will bring to your family; or you may find any other reason. They're all valid.

    Need more convincing? Here are a few practical reasons:

    • Reduced Timeframe: The project time is reduced because it is already substantially developed and ready for applying for the Building Permit (normally it would take 2 or more months just for the basic design is defined and matured);

    • Fixed Price: You don't have to get quotes from different architects to design the house you love from scratch. The cost of the design is fixed since the beginning and the "more technical" works (Engineerings) and Permiting Process fees can be requested when the design is closed.

    • You and the architect in the same page: no more guessing if the architect is going to match your tastes and the lifestyle you're looking for. If you are here and if you want to move forward with it it's because you found something you liked for your new home.

    • Reduced overwhelm: Designing and building a tailor-made home it's a long journey with a maze of design options, local zoning laws, building codes, and so on. From the moment that there is a design concept to start with, the number of choices and decisions to make are much smaller and easier to manage. That means less headaches, helping you maintain peace of mind. Also, based in the preliminary Review of legal documents related to site and building regulation, it is possible to know with great certainty the design and the program that can be built on that land, before acquiring it. (and if this is to your liking)

    • a clear visual idea of what your home will look like: It allows you to view the big picture - how the house will look like in that specific place, (or see the potential of the property) before any acquisition.