cafeandino wrote:-leave the engineering to engineers. Peru sits on one of the most active geological zones in the world (as you know) so erring on the side of caution will have you sleep better at night. Thick rebar, fat load-bearing columns and "vigas", and hollow bricks (known as panderetas) + as much drywall as you can to divide rooms from second floor on up.
-leave the architecture to the architects. I have met a lot of Engineer/Architects - and they do neither very well. The standards of professionalism in the building trades are somewhat lower in Peru than, say, Wisconsin, so you really have to politely question things that dont make sense. Heights of stairwells and doorways are sometimes comic, and widths of doorways, hallways, etc. Stick you nose into the process.
rgamarra wrote:Warning - Biased Bird Singing Here:
My husband will be down in July and he is PCI/ACI Certified in Concrete (Precast-Prestress-Architectural.)
He also has 7 years experience in Residential/Commercial construction and remodeling and operated his own Remodeling business in Florida before moving on to Virginia.
He's very honest, very fair in price, will tell you what works, what doesn't and will even throw in some ideas, and has worked with and been recommended by Nationwide Insurance, so if you want to ask him a question you can contact him at:
[email protected] (His name is Jean)
I've personally refused to continue work on our home until he comes back and can do it himself or supervise the workers. I don't care for Peruvian finish and design (in certain areas -- such as tile & paint!)
So if you want him to take a look (He speaks fluent English) he'll be here in July or if you want to ask a question, just email him and he'll probably be more than happy to give you advice, especially if you tell him that his wife (me) made the recommendation.
Okay, Shameless Plug Over
On another note: Price of materials tend to go up without notice, so A.) Have the contractor figure that into your estimate or B.) Be prepared to pony up the money later on.
Also, builders tend to be VERY messy and do not clean up after themselves, make it clear that they should, otherwise they will expect you to clean up after their mess.
microbiology wrote:Does anyone know what the cost in M2 for a house in a condominium for Av. los frutales residential, la molina; lima, Peru is?
euroman wrote:There's too many guys who are monday electrican, tuesday bricklayer and the next day painter. The do anything but can`t do anythings properly.
windsportinperu wrote:euroman wrote:There's too many guys who are monday electrican, tuesday bricklayer and the next day painter. The do anything but can`t do anythings properly.
Euroman, if you are looking for the cheapest service then you will only find this kind of workers. The cheapest in Peru is always the same as bad service.
Once the work begins, you have to be there, checking everything is ok and done ok. I never leave alone a new worker I have never seen his work before, because I don't know the quality of the job. I recently hired a guy who is specialized installing tiles, he has done a very good work at home. But the price isn't the cheapest one.