We are just about to sign the papers to purchase a property just to the east of Bergerac. We did previously live in the Dordogne, but have been in the UK for the past 8 years. The house will need work though we intend to do most of it ourselves. I believe we will need the services of an architect, however, for the change of use of an outbuilding to a pool-house and the construction of a pool. Does anyone have any recommendations for an architect who is local to Bergerac, willing to work cooperatively with clients who wish to do a good part of the work themselves, who is mindful of solutions that have regard to cost and time-scales and who has a good relationship with the relevant authorities??? SO, I suppose what I'm asking for is a good all-round level headed personable flexible and communicative architect. If someone who isn't a fully qualified architect would be adequate for my purposes, (I can't remember at the moment the designations of the different levels of qualification and types/scale of work they can do), I'd be interested to hear recommendations for those too. If they could combine these qualities with being fully available to come and see us next week when we are going to be there that would be wonderful!!
Thanks for your thoughts in anticipation.