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!