Category Archives: Construction

Steps for the design and construction of a house

Steps for the design and construction of houses

The construction of a house with an architect is a long-term project that typically spans several months or years. It takes place in successive and sometimes concomitant phases from the acquisition of a buildable land lot to the delivery of the house, through the design and the delicate phase of the construction works. Continue reading

Construction companies

The construction companies

The realization of a construction project involves a group of stakeholders who provide their services during the design, administrative procedures, site management, and realization of the various elements that will constitute the house or building and the reception of the completed structure. It is possible to distinguish the companies who provide technical expertise and the contractors that carry out the actual construction works, earthworks, structural works and finishing works. Continue reading

Desk of an architect with architectural plans

The architect’s expertise

The architect is a professional graduate from long studies combining the theoretical knowledge, the aesthetic and creative sensibility and the technical know-how necessary for any architectural project and its implementation. He works closely with his client to define the house or entire building composition and to draw up the plans and organize the construction. Continue reading

Ecological architecture

The philosophy of sustainable development applied to architecture focuses on the design and construction of environment-friendly buildings. By extension, once the building has been completed, it also focuses on the health and well-being of the users, as well as the quality of life of neighboring communities. Continue reading

Building materials

The building materials

The construction of the various rooms and structures of a house or building, together with elements of comfort and decoration makes use of a diverse range  of materials, according to their qualities. The various properties sought for these different elements leads to the choice of certain materials which fulfill the intended function in the best conditions. However, these choices can also be influenced by aesthetic preferences or technical, legal, environmental or budgetary constraints. Continue reading

The construction project owner

The construction project owner

In the field of construction, the construction project owner is the initiator of a construction project, whether it be a for a house or a building. Most often, he becomes the client of an architect which can also be the project manager who contributes his expertise in the design, directs the construction and ensures the reception of the works. The contracting authority is necessarily the owner or holder of the rights to use a land lot on which the construction will take place. Continue reading

The construction project manager

The construction project manager

In the field of construction, the construction project manager, also known as general contractor (in the US) and main contractor (in the UK), is the head of a construction project, an individual or legal person who directs the proper execution of the works. Continue reading

Photovoltaic pannels

Sustainable architecture in practice

The philosophy of sustainability in architecture is embodied through different practices that aim to reduce the negative impact of a house or building on its environment and to take care of the quality of life of its users and neighboring community. The implementation of a sustainable architecture is manifest with choices of techniques, methods of management, the selection of materials and the internal organization of functions and spaces, in order to control, in particular, the consumption of energy and the life environment of users. Continue reading

Land lot with a completed building upon it

Choosing a land lot

The construction of a building necessarily involves the acquisition of land lot, which, depending on its location, orientation, vegetation, basement, easements, etc. – will profoundly influence the possibilities or limits of construction, and its overall cost at construction and for long-term maintenance. Here is an overview of the different points to take into account to choose a plot of land. Continue reading

Construction site of a large building

Steps for the design and construction of buildings

The construction manager who directs the construction of a building for the client, organizes the construction according to a clearly defined sequence of steps that maximize the quality of the final work. Most often, it is therefore the architect who is the construction project manager, being the designer of a building, he is also the best suited to supervise its construction and oversee all the stages of an architectural project, sometimes in collaboration with a technical design specialist , economist or other partners, depending on the particularities of the project. Continue reading