Our Process>How we work

Design & Planning Stage

  • STEP 1 – Initial visit at your house

    The initial consultation is free and allows us to get a good feel for your overall requirements and
    the potential your property has to offer. Following our visit, we will provide a detailed, no obligation
    fee quote, feasibility options and whether you may need to consider additional support from other
    professionals at this stage such as; Arboriocultural & Topographical reporting or Bat Scoping Surveys etc.

  • STEP 2 – Arrange a measured survey

    Once we have received your “instructions to proceed” the next step is to arrange a measured
    survey which takes place prior to the ‘Design visit’ and is carried out by either our own
    in-house design team or our associate team of surveyors (depending upon the size and complexity of the
    property or site). This stage lays good foundations for us to produce accurately scaled ‘as existing’
    drawings of your property, from which we will develop your concept design drawings.

  • STEP 3 – Design visit at your house

    As soon as we have undertaken your measured survey, we like to book your design visit date to take place
    when we are equipped with the survey drawings. At this visit, we go into greater depth about the needs of
    your property and discuss your requirements and design brief in much more detail.

  • STEP 4 – Drafting the design

    Back in our drawing studio, we begin drafting your design scheme, with floor plan layouts and scaled
    elevation drawings, including the extensions and alterations as required, to show you how your ideas and
    scheme might look. We aim to have the first drafts to you within 3 weeks and your feedback to these initial
    ideas is a crucial part of the design process.

  • STEP 5 – Final proposal

    After we have drafted your concept scheme in consultation with you, and you are happy with the proposed design,
    we will send you completed drawings for your approval in readiness for submission to your
    Local Authority Planning offices.

  • STEP 6 – Submit planning application

    Once you have approved your design, we prepare your ‘Design & Planning Statement’
    and any other supporting information required by your Local Authority and submit the scheme for
    Planning Permission or LDC (Lawful Development Certificate) as appropriate. We have developed a good
    pre-planning negotiation system for monitoring applications to get feedback on any likely objections,
    so that we can act as quickly as possible to increase the chances of a successful and positive outcome.

  • Other THIRD PARTY consultants

    During Steps 5 & 6, we can also advise whether you may require further specialist’s services
    such as; Party Wall Surveyors, Quantity Surveyors, Mechanical & Electrical Engineers, SAP assessments, etc.
    and liaise with these consultants on your behalf as necessary. Additionally we can recommend other services
    from Landscape and Interior Designers, to Kitchens, Bathrooms and Lighting. We also recommend you consider
    the services of an Independent Project Manager during your active build phase. If we can help, please ask.

Building Control Stage

  • STEP 7 – Prepare Regulation Drawings

    Once all the appropriate planning consents have been achieved, we will ask our associate team of Structural Engineers
    to provide you with a direct quote for Structural Calculations and Design, specific to the approved scheme.
    We will also schedule for our Architectural Technician to visit the site to familiarise themselves with your scheme and,
    after the site visit, we will start the technical design for a Building Regulation application with detailed notes
    required for Building Control approval. The Structural Engineer will provide all of the structural design and
    calculations required by Building Control to approve your scheme.

  • STEP 8 – Submit Building Control Application

    Once your Building Regulation drawings are prepared and, depending on whether you opt to use a private building
    control service over the Local Authority, your technical drawings are then submitted to your Local Authority
    Building Control or Private Building Control offices for their approval.

  • STEP 9 – Tendering & Contractors

    During the Design, Planning and Building Control Stages, we can discuss with you any potential Contractors
    in your area who you would like to Tender. Friends and family recommendations are always a good starting point
    and in certain circumstances, we can suggest suitable Contractors.
    We are also able to offer our services to help you compile and send out comprehensive Tender Documentation
    Packages to these contractors, liaise as necessary and summarise the quotes back to you, to help in the selection
    of the right contractor for your project. If we can help, please just ask!

  • STEP 10 – Active Build Phase

    Set a construction date… and start building!