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here is the full process with our simple steps to achieve your grand design! we will guide you through each step carefully to make sure you fully understand the process. our goal is to make the journey from beginning to end, as smooth as possible, and as exciting as it should be...!



we will visit you to discuss your project. we will chat with you about your ideas, wants, aspirations and budget and we will tell you how we think the scheme can be achieved. we will not charge you for this visit.


we will prepare a fee proposal for the design work required initially for a Planning Application.


if you accept our fee proposal, then here are the simple steps to achieve your grand design:



we will come to your home and carry out a measured survey of the existing building with spot levels around the site. this will then be drawn up in CAD format showing the existing elevations, existing floor plans, a typical section and the existing site layout. for new build projects we also recommend a topographical survey is carried out



while the site survey happens the design brief will be formalised and your brief would then be worked up into a Concept Design. we sketch up your ideas into a workable scheme. we collaborate with you on the basic building fabric and the structure’s appearance.  we can also provide an indication of the build costs based upon the concept design to set the budget. we will ensure the spirit of the design remains, even if any changes to the scheme are required in order to keep within the budget...!



once you have approved the concept design, we will put together the planning application package. we then submit the application to the Local Authority for Pre-Application advice if necessary [we recommend pre-application advice for all new build projects]. a pre-application is to ensure the planners are happy with the proposals before we submit for a Planning Application


if your scheme is classed as Permitted Development, we will submit for a Lawful Development Certificate. also, if your property is Listed or in a Conservation Area we will submit for Listed Building Consent. Pre-Applications can take up to 4 weeks. Planning Applications can take up to 8 weeks.



once the Planning Permit is secured, we prepare the plans for Building Regulation approval from Building Control. Building Regulation approval can take up to 5 weeks. we are LABC registered [] and aim to fast-track the application, depending on the complexity of the scheme, to achieve a guaranteed PASS from Building Control within 4-5 weeks


we can also produce detailed design at this stage. this could include room data sheets for internal materials and finishes or even landscaping designs


05 BUILD...

once our design team have completed the design and gained a planning permit and building regulation approval, our sister company 'build m2' can provide a price for building your project.

we are often asked about the advantages of using our build service over the conventional route of architect and main contractor or 'just getting the builders in' so check out our build page for more information!




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