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House Log - A Discovery

January 10, 2019Category: House
Our architect submitted the plans to the commune at the end of September. According to the Belgian law, the whole process should take +/- 3 months. So, we scheduled a fitting-out meeting with DaVinci in the second week of January. We've heard countless times that after submitting the file to the…

Letter from the Commune to Cut the Grass

June 26, 2017Category: House
Today I got a letter from the Commune to cut the grass. The letter was in Flemish. I reproduced its translated content below. Not maintained plot + footpath for your plot Dear, The police have determined that your plot + the footpath for your plot, located on the street , are not maintained. Please…

We had to hire an architect

March 16, 2017Category: House
Well, our constructor told us we need an architect. So I did some digging... Payment Scheme I found here a way to schedule payments to the architect: Phase Activity Percentage Effort Conception Etudes préliminaires 5 % 33 h Avant projet sommaire (APS) 10 % 66 h Avant projet détaillé (APD) 10 % 6…

We have lift-off

August 22, 2016Category: House
We gave the green light to the builders to start the process. The letter goes something like this: We are hereby agreeing to proceed with the planning application for our house. This phase of the project encompasses only the activities related to obtaining the planning permission from the commune…

Rules for Your Bathtub

May 15, 2016Category: House
One of the important areas in the house is the bathroom. After looking for more types of tubs, I've got a few generic rules: First determine the exact dimensions of the space where the tub will be placed and then consider the types of installations that could fit into that area. Investigate the…

Plot Points Based on Distances Between Them

August 13, 2015Categories: House, Software
My problem this days is: I need to provide a drawing of trees on my plot of land in order to see which can be spared when building the house. The easiest way to do this is to measure the distance between the said trees, add some basic coordinates (to place them within the plot of land) and build a…

GIS Sites in Belgium

March 26, 2015Categories: House, Project Management
TL;DR: Each province has its own GIS site. In the quest of purchasing the land, I've found out there are several layers of plans. The most generic ones are the Federal plans . They are very good for land delimitation and such, less for planning and zoning. The most specific ones are called " Plan…

Planning Permission in Belgium

February 15, 2015Category: House
When you build something, you will need to get a planning permission (most likely). Here are some links I've found: Planning permission info (Dutch - translated) Getting a planning permission (notaire.be) Planning permission (belgium.be) Planning permission (NL) Belgium is a bit of an odd ball…

Interior Design Links

February 14, 2015Category: House
Here are some links for inspiration: Interior Design My House My Architect - a living show where owners open their houses to public and explain how they did it (Flemish) Cocoon - interior design (and not only) expo in Belgium Archiproducts (IT) - Design blog with many things (living room, kitchen…

Curated List of Huf Haus - Related Materials

February 9, 2015Category: House
Here's a list of Huf Haus-related materials I gathered in the last while. Huf Haus A blog on Huf Haus http://hufhausinus.blogspot.be/ Another Huf Haus user blog Another Huf Haus blog Grand Designs - Huf House revisited -- this was taken down, but there may still be a mirror out there... Grand…
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