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Choose a building plot

Choose a building plot

How do I find the perfect place to settle down and what steps should I take before getting started? Review of details with architect Pascal Camliti. Interview by Gilles Wallon What are the steps to be taken before choosing a site? You must first contact the town planning department or the departmental department of equipment (DDE), which instruct the building permits. The easiest way is to request a planning certificate: it is the first step to take when you want to acquire land. All the regulations affiliated to the land that you have in mind (preemption, alignment, etc.) are notified in this document, which is legally binding: the administration must keep for 18 months all that it has given you as guidance. If it changes the regulations of the valid zone of your planning certificate, you will be able to take advantage of all the information which will have been communicated to you before. What precautions should be taken in choosing the location? Control the direct environment: nuisance and possible future construction projects, such as the arrival of a nearby commercial area, a very high building that would block out the light ... The orientation of the land is also important because , with a bioclimatic design, you can save a lot of energy. What are the tips to keep in mind when designing the house plan? It is essential to determine its budget, then the living area and the number of rooms. Once these three axes defined, reflect on the shape of the house and orient your choice towards a more or less standardized construction, according to the costs adapted to your project. The less quirky the shapes, the easier it is to build the house, and the lower the cost. If you have a larger budget, you can then afford offsets, larger windows, for example. What are the important details that we tend to forget when designing a house plan? You have to think of the distances from the networks and all the connections: water, electricity, telephone. These are important elements that we do not pay enough attention to because we are often only interested in what is visible. Also think about the accessibility of the land because we can envisage faster constructions, therefore less expensive, if a truck or a bucket can access it easily. If you have to transport all the equipment on a man, this will pose a lot of constraints! Without anticipation on all these points, you risk finding yourself financially short. Pascal Camliti is a DPLG architect in the fields of development, interior decoration, rehabilitation, renovation of old houses, advice on real estate. > More info www.architecte-paca.com