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you save time, money, and effort and get the best results by working with us. 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...!

 

 

FIRST VISIT...

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.

 

after the first visit, we will prepare a fee proposal based on the following steps:

 

01 MEASURED SURVEY...

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

 

02 CONCEPT DESIGN...

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...!

 

03 PREPARE AND SUBMIT THE PLANNING APPLICATION...

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

 

04 BUILDING REGULATIONS AND DETAILED DESIGN...

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 [www.labc.co.uk] 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

 

in addition to Building Regulation plans, we’re here to help you create a home fitted to your lifestyle and personality. our team can provide additional detailed design for wall and floor finishes to fitted cabinetry, bathrooms, kitchens and everything in between

 

05 BUILD SUPPORT...

we offer first class support during the build phase. this includes obtaining prices from our selection of trades and coordinating the complete build from beginning to end - this is one of the the most cost effective ways to build. we carry out regular site visits to check progress and you can be involved as little or as much as you want, and be comforted by the fact that the build process is in our good hands...

 

our typical service includes:

- obtaining prices from our selection of trades

- co-ordinating the trades

- regular site visits

- site progress notes

- checking/agreeing trade Invoice payments for work/materials to date

- checking quality of completed work to date

- snagging at completion of works/handover

- full communication with yourself

 

 

 

                                         

 

                                       

 

 

 

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MORE DETAILS ON HOW WE

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