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If you’re planning a renovation, or even building a new home, you will have considered hiring an architect. A registered and experienced architect is essential when considering any renovation or new build. Due to state and government regulations, it is necessary to bring a qualified architect on board to oversee design and planning of a building or an extension to your home. A professional and experienced architect will be able to: Communicate effectively with you and produce designs to meet your personal lifestyle, needs and tastes. This is usually done using AutoCAD software which shows you 3D designs of your new development. Assist you in obtaining planning permission and any specific building regulation approvals when required. Offer specialist advice and knowledge of different building materials and techniques. Manage the project and oversee the construction phase. Complete a detailed contract or letter of agreement, outlining details of the work that needs to be done, as well as noting any required insurance, fees and a payment timetable. Finding the right architect: When looking for an architect, the most important thing to check is whether or not the architect is a member of local or national architectural institutes. These can be either state of government related, depending on where you are...

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When you plan a trip to a strange city or country, how do you plan your itinerary? When you go to France you have to see the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de’ Triomphe In Rome you have to see the Colluseum and the Trevi Fountain, in London its Westminster and London Bridge. In Cairo it is the Pyramids, in Cambodia it is Angkor Wat, in India it is the Taj Mahal and in Dubai it is without a doubt the Burj Khalifi. As long as man has lived and tamed the environment, dwellings, communal places, places of worship, monuments and structures have been designed, either to serve as a safe space from the elements, a place of community of spiritual significance or as a celebration of a victory. It is widely believed that prostitution is the oldest profession on this planet but it is not...