Initial visit and Initial Architectural Drawings
Our Building Construction service always kicks off with an ‘initial visit’ in your home.
The visit is designed to be a personal interactive experience where our accomplished architects and builders can demonstrate to our customers our architectural design services through a process of hand sketching, the various opportunities their project presents. This ensures that our customers are equipped with the reassurance that they have fully explored and understood all the possibilities of their home before they commit themselves to their building project.
After the initial visit there are still a variety of decisions to be made and drawings to be produced to demonstrate what the intentions for your project are. The more information you have, the more in control you are and by utilizing the experience and knowledge of an Architect you will enhance the outcome of your renovation and ultimately optimize your investment.
Our people are the experts in domestic architecture who produce properly considered house plans and drawings, so that your scheme will be built as you intended both in terms of quality and budget.
Property Survey and Scheme Drawings
Following on your initial visit, we can organize a measured survey of your existing property so that our architect can produce house plans or scheme level drawings which are an accurate, scaled representation of the work that you want to carry out, suitable for planning or permitted development applications and basic budget discussions with a builder. With some further development and addition of the necessary information to show that the proposal complies with current building standards, our drawings can be used for building regulations application.
Scheme level drawings provide the backbone of what is needed for most projects but they are not construction drawings as significantly more details need to be added.
Building permission requirements
Most building work, unless is it a minor refurbishment, requires some sort of permission to be granted before it can go ahead. Depending on the extent of the work you wish to carry out, the location and type of your property you may be required to apply for several permissions.
These may be one or more of the following: permitted development, planning permission, landlords consent, conservation area consent, listed building consent, party wall consent, building regulations approval etc. all of which we are able to do on your behalf or simply be at hand to guide you through the process.
If you want to get the most out of your budget you need to understand how the building costs add up. It is advisable to do this in advance of starting on site, so that if the builders quote is more than you expected, you have time to moderate your aspirations/ specification or vary the scope of the project.
Getting your architect to produce pertinent detail drawings and a breakdown of the intended work is the best way to ensure you have control over your project and building costs and the quality of the end result.