I am considering buying an old apartment in a 25-30 year-old building and completely remodel it to live in. Need some advises from people who've done it regarding:
- how usually is the architect's fee calculated (by ping, by %...)?
- what is he usually suppose to do? Only drawing and advises or is also normally suppose to supervise construction work including getting ride of some walls, adding partition, re-doing plumbing, electricity, gas...
- in some countries buying furnitures, kitchen equipment, air-conditioning system through the architect is cheaper since he is getting cheaper price... but is that similar in Taipei? I quickly checked with 1 kitchen equipment supplier and 1 air-conditioning wholesaler and they both told me they gave the same price to an individual than a 'professional person', i.e. the architect. Is it the norm? What is best for me to do?
- any rough estimate about the remodeling price per ping? I would like to re-do all plumbing, electricity, gas, air-conditioning, consolidate and extend the room to the balcony, get ride of the existing wooden floor and tiles and put new ones, repaint, re-do entirely the 2 bathrooms, the kitchen... nothing luxury, but modern and nice. I read in some magazine they usually mention 10% of the apartment value as remodeling work. But does this include all the equipments (i.e. sink, bath, oven, air-conditioner...) or only the materials (i.e. tiles, wooden floor, wall, paint, cable...)
- are the construction companies responsible for electricity and gas certification/guarantee? Or is the architect responsible?
Thanks in advance for any comments and suggestions.