House building in Spain

Your own house in Spain, individually tailored to your personal wishes by the architect: this is what the Spanish property dream looks like for many people. And a good and trusting relationship with your architect is the basis for this.

Benno Bühler, architect

Contact me if you want to carry out a building project in Spain. I am a registered member of the Malaga Chamber of Architects (Col 574 en el COA Málaga) and, together with my team, have been working on the Iberian Peninsula since 1996. During this time, we have designed over one million square metres of floor space. Thus, we have broad and long-standing experience from which you can also benefit. We will accompany you through every phase of the construction, from the first project sketch to the handover of the keys.

Our focus is on the region of Andalusia, the Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz. There, we mainly build high-end villas. We are also active in commercial construction, mainly in the tourism sector, such as hotels, resorts or larger residential locations. Our clients are international, but we are also commissioned by municipalities and authorities.

Form follows function.

Louis Sullivan, style-defining architect of modernism, 1896.

His colleague Frank Lloyd Wright, no less famous a modernist architect, added to this sentence as follows: “Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.”

In principle, we have nothing to add to this except bringing it into modern times.

We aim to bring the building and its surroundings into perfect harmony and thus implement the individual wishes of the owner in the best possible way.

Building a house in Spain: This is what the architect’s work looks like

  • 1: Design / feasibility study

    At the beginning, there’s a blank slate. Your ideas and wishes are our mission from the first sketch onwards. You’ll receive an easy-to-understand design that is both feasible and compatible with building permissions, accompanied by a building description, a rough cost framework and a time estimate for completion.

  • 2: Approval planning

    The sketchings of the proposals are then made into an official plan. As a ‘proyecto básico’, this then goes to the municipal building authority.

  • 3: Work planning

    Technical details are worked out in the implementation planning (‘proyecto de ejecución’). These include building materials, execution details and building services.

  • 4: Geological survey & structural design

    We usually outsource these services to external specialists/engineers.

  • 5: Tender, bids & award of contracts

    This is followed by the most important phase in the construction process: the drafting of work specifications and quantity calculations. This, together with the plans, is issued to contractors for them to prepare offers. The offers are then incorporated into price comparison lists. The prices of the contractors are compared, and the contracts are awarded. Once the price negotiations have been concluded, a construction contract is signed and, shortly afterwards, construction can begin, provided the building permit has been obtained.

  • 6: Construction

    The excavator rolls in. Together with the site manager (aparejador), the architect manages the construction site as senior site manager.

  • 7: Checks

    Together with the client, the architect and the site manager now inspect the construction site. Following this, a list of defects is usually drawn up and the contractor is requested to remedy these defects within a reasonable period of time.

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