In addition to the design of new buildings, our company also deals with the conversion of existing buildings, from simple family houses to monumental reconstructions. We undertake the survey, condition recording of the building, the planning required for the transformation and the management of the process.
Peculiarities of transformation
Design activities also begin with the study of the legal background in transformation planning. In addition to local regulations (eg HÉSZ, Town Planning Plan), national rules and regulations also apply to the building. In the case of locally protected or listed buildings, the regulations cover the exact scope of protection, the elements to be retained, such as the street scene, applied arts or architectural values.
For any existing building, one of the most important tasks is to fix the existing condition in both geometric and structural terms. Our team, complemented by professional designers, undertakes a comprehensive survey of any type of building, along with the preparation of professional survey documentation. An essential part of getting to know the building is to find out the history of the origin of the house and its later history, if necessary with the help of the Heritage Protection Office. In addition to the geometric survey, we place great emphasis on performing building diagnostic tests, with special regard to the condition of the supporting structure. Professional, responsible decisions can only be made after we have learned about the existing foundation, the strength behavior of ascending structures, and the physical condition of the building. It is then decided whether the structures can be strengthened or dismantled or rebuilt during the given transformation.
In the case of existing buildings, during construction, we are more likely to encounter challenges, unforeseen events that require quick problem solving, and the opportunity to quickly modify and regularly check the plans. Therefore, management requires extreme attention.
Reconstruction, energy modernization
One of the basic versions of the renovation works is modernization, renovation, ie reconstruction, during which the function does not change, and the goal is to design the building in accordance with today’s needs. Reconstruction can only take place on the façade (eg thermal insulation, new cladding system, installation of modern windows and doors; inside the building, eg modernization of building engineering systems; or a combination of the two. We undertake the energy modernization of public buildings .
A common need is to expand an existing building. This can be done together with the renovation and modernization of the building, as well as the exterior and interior transformation and reconstruction based on the customer’s needs.
Remodeling of listed buildings
Historic buildings are the biggest challenge due to strict regulations. The remodeling of a historic building to meet today’s needs requires a particularly large and wide-ranging expertise, along with knowledge of contemporary structures, materials and ways of thinking. Due to the relevant regulations, close cooperation with the Office of Construction and Heritage Protection is essential.
Revitalization of industrial and agricultural buildings
Nowadays, the recycling of abandoned, disused, yet aesthetic industrial buildings with architectural value is becoming more and more popular. These rust zones are also best suited for cultural or office functions, depending on their urban location. In preparation for the work, it is recommended to prepare a feasibility study in each case, which our team will also prepare with great care.