What is it

A Change of Use Project is used to change the use to which a building or part of a building is intended for a different one. It can be used to convert a premises into a home and obtain the certificate of occupancy or to convert an office building into a hotel.

To carry it out, it will be necessary for the project to be compatible with urban legality and comply with all applicable building regulations. Except in exceptional cases, it will be necessary to carry out works to adapt the building or premises. By changing the use of a building or premises, an increase in its heritage value is usually achieved, so this project is normally a very good investment also in economic terms.

The KAITEK ARQUITECTURA team has extensive experience drafting change of use projects. We offer you a project adapted to your needs, and an optimization of deadlines and costs.

What does it consist of

To convert a premises into housing it will be necessary:

  • Comply with the conditions of habitability.
  • Respect the town planning regulations of the municipality.
  • Comply with the Technical Building Code.
  • Follow the indications of the Regulation of Thermal Installations in Buildings.

The applicable regulations define the viability of the Change of Use.

Urban viability of the change of use

To find out if a change of use is viable, the first thing to do is check that there is no urban incompatibility and that the permissible housing density has not been exhausted. These first checks consulting the urban approach and the cadastre through the Internet. The only thing we need to know to do these checks is the address of the premises whose use you want to change.

Physical viability of the Project

Once the urban feasibility has been initially verified, it is necessary to start working with plans and measurements to physically verify that the project is technically feasible. The habitability regulations establish a series of requirements such as the following:

  • Minimum height of the house.
  • Relation between the useful area of the home and meters of façade.
  • Minimum size of the different rooms and rooms that make up the dwelling.
  • Characteristics of the ventilation and lighting of the different rooms.
  • Housing accessibility conditions.

A Change of Use Project is not always viable and can become a headache for the client. That is why it is always necessary to carry out some previous studies that assess the viability

To carry out these and other checks, it is necessary to make a plan of the current state of the premises, with all the measurements. And work on a housing layout that meets all those requirements. In this first phase, of Previous Studies, is when we can clearly conclude if a change of use is viable or not. Once we consider that the project may be viable, then the Reform and Change of Use Project is carried out with which a building license is requested and finally the works are executed.

What will the customer get

Change of use Project

This is the main design phase. We work on the project with the client, to adapt it to their objectives, tastes and needs, guaranteeing the safety and habitability conditions of the project by defining solutions in accordance with the regulations.

The project includes:

Descriptive memory of the general characteristics of the work and justifications of the solutions.

General plans to scale, with floor plans, elevations and sections.

Scheme of the facilities with pre-dimensioning in plans.

Measurement status.

Budget obtained by applying unit prices of work.

With this project, the client can apply to the town hall for a building license to convert their premises into a home and request offers from different builders to carry out the adaptation works.

Construction management

The construction management serves to ensure that the work is carried out as defined in the project. KAITEK ARQUITECTURA directs the works of its projects in a rigorous way to guarantee that everything goes well.

For this, during the site visits, the graphic and written orders that are necessary will be given.

Final certificate of work and certificate of habitability

Our work concludes by certifying the end of the work and processing the habitability certificate.

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