How is the process going ?

If you want to build a building, much will come to your attention and many decisions have to be made. We can help you by guiding the process and providing solutions to certain challenges. Keep in mind: Where do you want to build? How much space do you need or would you like to have? How fast do you want to build? How ecologically do you want to build? What are you budgeting? Can you do some things yourself, or will a contractor build the whole house ?, and so on. The process starts with listening to you as a client.

During a first non-existent introduction we discuss your dreams, their feasibility and we will explain how we work and what experiences we have. Based on this conversation, a contract will be made in which all the design process steps will be described, which documents and drawings will be delivered per phase and what fees are charged.

At the start of an assignment we will again discuss, but now more in detail, your dreams and principles. By means of sketches, ideas are indicated, which often reflect the image of your building at the end of the conversation. This image will then be further developed in the computer, after which we will discuss this design in a way that makes clear which choices have certain consequences. Now it is also being tested whether certain choices were right or not. This evaluation will give your building a further shape, or result in a new design, after which the same steps will be re-run.

This process of communicating and reflecting is our specific way of working that will be used during the entire design and construction process.

How expansive is it to build a house ?

The question “how expansive is it to build a house” can be compared to “how expansive is it to buy a car?” You have so many choices that it’s almost impossible to answer this question in advance. As a rule, however, you can hold that you can build a detached house for around 450 euros per m3 of building volume (or 1500 euros per m2 of BVO), excluding VAT, land costs and foundation costs.

Foundation costs, also called additional costs, are costs incurred for construction but you do not immediately see you back in the building. This includes costs for an architect, a constructor, the town’s legacy, land survey, connection costs, etc. These costs are often 20% to 30% of construction costs.

This 450 euro per m3 is a target amount, assuming that the total construction direction of a contractor lies. The more you can do, or you can manage, the cheaper you can build. This, however, costs time that not everyone has. However, if you have this option, you can get an amount of 350 euros per m3 to even 300 euros per m3. 

For these amounts you will get a key ready house, including simple kitchen, bathroom and installations. If you want a zero-energy housing with helophyte filter, heat pump, PVC panels, pellet stove, gray water system, and so on, you will have to pay extra costs and get over 450 euros per m3.

How many employees does ORIO architects have ?

The ORIO architects team consists of an architect (Michel Post), a project leader and technical draftsman (Jeroen IJsebrands) and a general assistant (Patricia Post) supplemented with an MBO or HBO trainee. In addition, over the years, we have gathered a large ZZP-based team around us which we can turn on when needed.

Why do we use geometry in our designs ?

Holy Geometry assumes that, in reality, we experience a mathematical system. The way nature grows, how we experience beauty, and the relationships that exist between interconnected elements, can all be returned to mathematical principles. These are proportions, proportions and shapes such as the pentagon and the hexagon. 

Conversely, this means that by applying these principles we can create a world that is harmonious with its environment and has a certain beauty that is not subjective but objective. In other words, the ratio of a building determines whether we like it or not.

Top down vs Bottom up 

Biomimicry is the science and art of imitating the best biological ideas in nature to find, improve, and sustain human applications. This I call the “Top down” approach because it is an intellectual process.

The “Bottom Up” approach is an intuitive process where solutions to challenges are found in a holistic way by using all the senses. Both approaches are applied simultaneously.”