English-Speaking Architects in Portugal

  • Carlota Castro
    Carlota Castro
    2007 – Technical degree on Product Design at the António Arroio School. 2013 – Master degree in Architecture at the Lusíada University of Lisbon. 2014 – Member to the Portuguese Order of Architects. 2013 to 2015 - works with Machado Perry and Bragança, Arquitectos Lda. 2015 – Partner at Arch & Stone - Consulting and Project. 2017 - Launches her own brand, Carlota Alves Machado, Arquitecta.

Architectural Services

Change of Use

Who is this Service for?

Enterprising property investors seek to purchase property that is currently used for another purpose – typically as an office or industrial unit – and then change its use to that of residential.

Such changes of use are possible though they are heavily regulated and you will need the assistance of a local architect to navigate the applicable planning laws before making an investment of this type. Investment without seeking such guidance would be extremely dangerous and could easily see an investor lose a great deal of money.

Upon a successful application, the architect may be instructed to draw-up plans for any required modifications and the appointment of local builders and tradesmen to complete the work.

What does this service consist of?

  • Technical advice prior to any change of use application
  • Review of local planning regulations
  • Visit to site with assessment
  • Analysis and professional opinion
  • Formal application undertaken on behalf of client
  • Planning department’s decision obtained and explained

Code of Reasonable Fees

Our clients can expect to receive a quotation that is at or below the recommended guideline prices by our local Professional Body.

Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your lawyer.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

New Build

Who is this Service for?

Sometimes we find the ideal place to live. The only problem is that there's no property that suits or that is available! In which case, the only option apart from waiting for a suitable property to become available is to build a new home from scratch. This is ideal for those who have a clear idea of what they want, yet are unable to find it among second-hand properties in the area they want to live

What does this service consist of?

  • Initial consultation with an experienced English-speaking Architect to discuss plans and including expert advice on design, use of space, materials and compliance with planning regulations
  • Visit to site with assessment
  • Drawing-up formal plans
  • Visit to site with assessment
  • Making formal submission to obtain planning-permission
  • Management and co-ordination of the building works including employment of local builders and tradesmen
  • Project Certification

Code of Reasonable Fees

Our clients can expect to receive a quotation that is at or below the recommended guideline prices by our local Professional Body.

Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your lawyer.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

Refurbishment

Who is this Service for?

Current homeowners and those planning to invest in a second-hand property may wish to extend or upgrade the property. Indeed it is often the case that buyers acquire a property on the basis that they will be able to extend or refurbish the property to make it suitable for their purposes.

Property extensions will in most cases require planning approval and the assistance of a local architect to whom you can convey your plans and obtain expert advice on the viability of those plans.

What does this service consist of?

  • Initial consultation to discuss plans and including expert advice on use of space, materials and compliance with planning regulations
  • Visit to site with assessment
  • Drawing-up formal plans
  • Making formal application for planning-permission where required
  • Management of project, engagement of builders and other tradesmen
  • Post-project Certification

Code of Reasonable Fees

Our clients can expect to receive a quotation that is at or below the recommended guideline prices by our local Professional Body.

Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your lawyer.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.

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