Third Skin Architecture by Joel Rosa

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Third Skin Architecture by Joel Rosa
Let’s face it - finding a plot to build on in another country can be a time-consuming pain…

…especially when you don’t speak the language or know the area and what can or cannot be built there.

We understand what a major decision it is for you & your family to do that and find that perfect place that matches exactly what you are looking for.

It can be a trying experience for all involved, to say the least, and can be made a lot worse if you’ve never done it before.

Simply put, it’s a minefield of misinformation and you can get caught out quite easily if you’re not careful.

Now it’s not all doom & gloom.

Believe it or not but finding a plot and building a new home is in fact a lot cheaper & less hassle than buying a house to renovate.

Plus, you can tailor it to exactly what you want too, so everyone is a winner!

That’s why our mission statement here at Third Skin Architecture is to make our clients' lives a lot easier by saving them lots of time, money & hassle!

These are the 3 demons of any plot finding excursion especially if you are attempting to do it from abroad.

First, since there is a good chance you don’t know who I am, here’s the quick version:

My name is Joel and I’m an architect living in sunny Lisbon - Portugal.

I’m a Soldier's Son, Serial Entrepreneur, Architect, Designer, occasional tennis Player, 70' Rock Music Lover & Drink Way Too Much Coffee…

I’m a husband to Carla for 12 beautiful years and father to Afonso - who is named after the first King of Portugal! - and Joana - a tiny lovely terrorist!

I’m born & bred in the Silver Coast but have hung my hat in Lisbon.

So now that we’re not strangers anymore, here’s some gold nuggets I want to share about finding your ideal plot in Portugal.

HOW TO FIND YOUR PERFECT PLOT

Here are my secret not-so-obvious tips on choosing a plot:

The first is to watch out for the plot orientation.

You don’t want a plot facing North as your pool with be always in the shade!

You also need to be aware of the wind direction.

On top of a northerly wind, in the Algarve for example you can have a westerly wind which blows up quite a storm I can tell you.

Another are the relative plot dimensions.

If it’s too narrow you’ll have a narrow house.

If the plot depth isn’t a lot then you’ll end up with a pool on the side of the house – as there’ll be no room to put it outback - and will loose lots of privacy.

The level of plot – if your plot has varying levels it will be very expensive to excavate, dispose of this material and level your site.

You also need to be judging a blend of views and privacy with the plot. That can be a fine balancing act

The more obvious ones are plot size, location, amenities, distance to local towns, restaurants, etc…

But it’s these not-so-obvious ones that catch people out.

Look, we’re all busy and this one can be a real-time vampire for you if you’re not careful.

So, my advice is to get a professional to do it for you.

And guess what?!

We provide these very services!

Remember I mentioned the 3 demons of any plot finding project?

Those are of course: Time, Money & Hassle.

Our clients are people who are trying to find their ideal plot here in Portugal from abroad.

If you want to do this yourself then here’s what lies ahead for you:

You’ll need to contact lots of realtors as they have a finite amount of listings.

If you want a lot of choice then you’re going to have to talk to a lot of realtors.

As you can imagine this will be very time consuming for you and you’ll also need to appraise the listings they give you.

You can get overwhelmed quite quickly doing this.

What we do is we do all this for you.

First, we take your brief.

Basically, you tell us your wishlist, your ideal plot for your ideal home.

Maybe you want to be near a golf course, want a sea view, be near resort facilities, or be further away for more privacy, have good transport links, etc

Whatever it is for you, we will find you a plot to build a home as unique as you are.

Now that we know what you are looking for…

We then contact all the realtors on your behalf.

And we appraise all the listings, not just based on your brief…

…but a full architectural checklist so you can get your perfect plot and not get caught out with something later on after you buy it.

So you are getting plots picked not just on your checklist of desire but ours too so you only get to see the best of the best.

We also do all the boring bureaucratic paperwork for you too.

We consult with the local planners to ensure you can build what you desire on your plot too.

It happens a lot that people buy a plot and then find they aren’t allowed to build what they want on it.

We’ll ensure you’re not one of them.

There isn’t a service like this in Portugal.

The closest you’ll get are the plots being sold by developers but then you are stuck with the house layouts they give you and you have to use their builders too.

It’s all part of their package.

With our service you are free to build whatever you desire and we can competitively tender it to many builders so saving you money and getting better workmanship too.

We basically hold your hand through the process and you’re not tied down to contracts with us or any of that kind of stuff.

We’ve seen too many hard-working people try and create an amazing home here to enjoy with family & friends only to be crushed by the process and having an experience that ruins the end result.

We ensure that won’t happen with yours.

Just imagine your house warming party with your family and dearest friends and everyone being amazed at what you have achieved.

That’s a common end result for the clients that work with us.

PLUS we guarantee we can provide you with a choice of 5 plots that match your requirements within 2 weeks or your money back!

That’s how confident we are in what we can do for you.

YOU ARE NOT IN THIS PROCESS ALONE.

We are with you each step of the way.

If you would like to have an informal 15 minute chat about what you have in mind then you can contact us here with a PM on Facebook or email me at [email protected]

Thanks for reading this and I’ll speak to you soon!

Regards,

Joel
Third Skin Architecture by Joel Rosa
Third Skin Architecture by Joel Rosa

Let’s face it - finding a plot to build on in another country can be a time-consuming pain… …especially when you don’t speak the language or know the area and what can or cannot be built there. We understand what a major decision it is for you & your family to do that and find that perfect place that matches exactly what you are looking for. It can be a trying experience for all involved, to say the least, and can be made a lot worse if you’ve never done it before. Simply put, it’s a minefield of misinformation and you can get caught out quite easily if you’re not careful. Now it’s not all doom & gloom. Believe it or not but finding a plot and building a new home is in fact a lot cheaper & less hassle than buying a house to renovate. Plus, you can tailor it to exactly what you want too, so everyone is a winner! That’s why our mission statement here at Third Skin Architecture is to make our clients' lives a lot easier by saving them lots of time, money & hassle! These are the 3 demons of any plot finding excursion especially if you are attempting to do it from abroad. First, since there is a good chance you don’t know who I am, here’s the quick version: My name is Joel and I’m an architect living in sunny Lisbon - Portugal. I’m a Soldier's Son, Serial Entrepreneur, Architect, Designer, occasional tennis Player, 70' Rock Music Lover & Drink Way Too Much Coffee… I’m a husband to Carla for 12 beautiful years and father to Afonso - who is named after the first King of Portugal! - and Joana - a tiny lovely terrorist! I’m born & bred in the Silver Coast but have hung my hat in Lisbon. So now that we’re not strangers anymore, here’s some gold nuggets I want to share about finding your ideal plot in Portugal. HOW TO FIND YOUR PERFECT PLOT Here are my secret not-so-obvious tips on choosing a plot: The first is to watch out for the plot orientation. You don’t want a plot facing North as your pool with be always in the shade! You also need to be aware of the wind direction. On top of a northerly wind, in the Algarve for example you can have a westerly wind which blows up quite a storm I can tell you. Another are the relative plot dimensions. If it’s too narrow you’ll have a narrow house. If the plot depth isn’t a lot then you’ll end up with a pool on the side of the house – as there’ll be no room to put it outback - and will loose lots of privacy. The level of plot – if your plot has varying levels it will be very expensive to excavate, dispose of this material and level your site. You also need to be judging a blend of views and privacy with the plot. That can be a fine balancing act The more obvious ones are plot size, location, amenities, distance to local towns, restaurants, etc… But it’s these not-so-obvious ones that catch people out. Look, we’re all busy and this one can be a real-time vampire for you if you’re not careful. So, my advice is to get a professional to do it for you. And guess what?! We provide these very services! Remember I mentioned the 3 demons of any plot finding project? Those are of course: Time, Money & Hassle. Our clients are people who are trying to find their ideal plot here in Portugal from abroad. If you want to do this yourself then here’s what lies ahead for you: You’ll need to contact lots of realtors as they have a finite amount of listings. If you want a lot of choice then you’re going to have to talk to a lot of realtors. As you can imagine this will be very time consuming for you and you’ll also need to appraise the listings they give you. You can get overwhelmed quite quickly doing this. What we do is we do all this for you. First, we take your brief. Basically, you tell us your wishlist, your ideal plot for your ideal home. Maybe you want to be near a golf course, want a sea view, be near resort facilities, or be further away for more privacy, have good transport links, etc Whatever it is for you, we will find you a plot to build a home as unique as you are. Now that we know what you are looking for… We then contact all the realtors on your behalf. And we appraise all the listings, not just based on your brief… …but a full architectural checklist so you can get your perfect plot and not get caught out with something later on after you buy it. So you are getting plots picked not just on your checklist of desire but ours too so you only get to see the best of the best. We also do all the boring bureaucratic paperwork for you too. We consult with the local planners to ensure you can build what you desire on your plot too. It happens a lot that people buy a plot and then find they aren’t allowed to build what they want on it. We’ll ensure you’re not one of them. There isn’t a service like this in Portugal. The closest you’ll get are the plots being sold by developers but then you are stuck with the house layouts they give you and you have to use their builders too. It’s all part of their package. With our service you are free to build whatever you desire and we can competitively tender it to many builders so saving you money and getting better workmanship too. We basically hold your hand through the process and you’re not tied down to contracts with us or any of that kind of stuff. We’ve seen too many hard-working people try and create an amazing home here to enjoy with family & friends only to be crushed by the process and having an experience that ruins the end result. We ensure that won’t happen with yours. Just imagine your house warming party with your family and dearest friends and everyone being amazed at what you have achieved. That’s a common end result for the clients that work with us. PLUS we guarantee we can provide you with a choice of 5 plots that match your requirements within 2 weeks or your money back! That’s how confident we are in what we can do for you. YOU ARE NOT IN THIS PROCESS ALONE. We are with you each step of the way. If you would like to have an informal 15 minute chat about what you have in mind then you can contact us here with a PM on Facebook or email me at [email protected] Thanks for reading this and I’ll speak to you soon! Regards, Joel