The die is cast; the building contract signed.

Friday, April 25, 2014, 19:41

Take a good look at this man. No, no! You misunderstand! He's not a 'wanted man'. You won't see his face on any police posters. But even if he isn't wanted by the police, he is wanted by us. This man will be crucial to our happiness for the next year. His name is Paulo Morais

Paulo Morais

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We have signed a contract for Paulo to build the house you saw in Our house; a spectacular view to wake up to. He promises us that he can build it within twelve months. We trust he really can. Of course, we have penalty clauses included in the contract, and would use them if we had to, but that would sadden us. We hope to have an enjoyable, professional working relationship with Paulo and his team. We trust that in a year's time we shall be able to say, "If you are planning to build near Ponte de Lima, let us recommend our builder to you. His work is good and he kept to his schedule."

Look amongst the posts as this year progresses to see how quickly the house actually does get built, to judge whether Paulo is keeping his side of the bargain or not and to find out whether or not we feel we have made a good choice.

Paulo's company is called Inovlima and this is the company logo.

Inovlima logo

So when will the ground be broken and the foundations dug? Ah there's the rub! Though we had hoped to have all the licences in place before Christmas and the building begun around March, there have been delays in the town council. As far as we can tell, there are no guidelines about how long an assessment will take. I realise that we are dealing with a different country, one with a southern European culture, and that it is to a certain extent the laid-back attitude in Portugal that is attractive but is it really good for any of us, clients or officials?

When we applied for planning permission in the UK we were told that we should expect a decision within three weeks. I think that if the town council of Ponte de Lima adopted such a target, it would be beneficial not only for us but for Portuguese bureaucracy in general, especially in these days of crisis when the country needs to improve its performance.

So far, the architectural plans have been approved and the fees paid. Our architect now thinks we may have the engineering licence in place by the end of April and the final building permissions signed off by mid-May. We have all our fingers and toes crossed that there will be no more delays and we really hope that by the beginning of June we shall be the proud possessors of a busy, messy building site. Wish us luck all you who read this!

Have you had any good or bad experiences building in Portugal? Do let us know.


pete wrote:
Friday, April 25, 2014, 21:29
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