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THE PROCESS

Find out more in the step by step guide below:

BUILDING CONTROL DRAWINGS,  PLANNING DRAWINGS, BUILDING, ARCHITECTS, ARCHITECT DESIGN

CONSULTATION & PRICING


1) VISIT THE PROPERTY

A visit to the property eliminates any confusing advice and gives the opportunity to identify construction limitations; for example, such as identifying the mains services and drains.

We always visit the property, spend an hour or so going through the scheme, client ideas, and get a feeling for the local area.

2) DESIGN FEE


We provide a fixed design fee with a detailed appraisal for the clients consideration.

This appraisal will also outline all the expected fees (to the local authorities etc) within the appraisal - so no hidden surprises.

You may be suprised you don't have to pay a premium fee which local architects regulary charge. We offer a value for money service to the same high level of service.




PROJECT APPRAISAL


Following my visit to the property, I will put together an appraisal which includes:

  • A Full breakdown of the project objectives

  • Limitations of the site / project

  • We will clarify if the scheme will be subject to a full planning process or if the scheme falls under permitted development

  • We will outline key stages and expected time frames

  • Clarification on all expected design costs (including fees to local authorities and expected extras such as structural calculations)

An appraisal outlines the level of services which are to be provided.

It also includes our expectations of the client, which is just as important in most projects throughout in terms of communication required, and understanding time frames for stage payment.

This process is often over looked, potentially leaving clients with a reduced level of service.

Duration:

Within 48 hours of consultation




CLIENT ACCEPTANCE & MEASURED SURVEY


Client Acceptance

Once the appraisal has been received and you have had to chance to look then please get in touch with us directly.

When you are happy to proceed, a written email is required to confirm. We then set a date for a full measured survey.

I will accommodate clients who are not available during the daytime.

Measured Survey

On the Booked date I will be at the property from 8.00 am until I have completed a full measured survey.

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I will require access to:

- All rooms (Ground and First Floor) and the loft / cellars.

- The full perimeter of the building (ALL storage will need moving before the day).

This is to enable me to complete the survey accurately and efficiently. If full access is not required, the drawing accuracy will reduce and could lead to major issues on site during construction.




EXISTING DRAWINGS & DRAFT PROPOSAL


  • We will complete the Existing Drawings following a site survey and complete a draft of the proposed within 3/4 weeks of the survey visit.

  • We then email a copy for your consideration

At this stage we will invoice for the project to date

  • Client to highlight any changes required and respond within 1 week.




FINAL DRAWINGS


  • Once the designs have been agreed the final drawings will be drafted.

  • All required planning / building regulation information & Technical drawings will be then finalised and included to the drawings.

At this stage we will invoice for the project to date

Once payment is to be made (sorry no cheques) we will issue the final drawings in PDF via email. ​

Drawings can then be sent to builders etc for accurate pricing.


**With non-standard designs / conservation areas etc, building regulation drawings will be completed after planning permission is granted, as sometimes planning departments want construction details to be changed; In this scenario we will invoice for only the planning drawings. A separate invoice will follow after Building Regulations drawings are completed - following planning permission approval.




PLANNING APPLICATION


Planning Application

Online Planning Applications will be completed with all relevant planning documents (e.g. design and access statements / conservation statements etc).

At this point we will invoice for the Planning Application.

The client will then require to pay the planning application fee directly to the local authority and the application will be submitted. (Price is determined by the project)

​Applications will take between ​6-8 weeks until decision notice issued. Sometimes extensions of time are requested by the Planning teams in complex schemes.

Within the fee, we will liase with the Planning Department throughout the process. Only small changes to the design (eg. window positions etc) will be made within the fee.

Please note if the Planning Application / Design is fully rejected an additional redesign fee will be quoted.

Upon receiving planning permission approval

The client can instruct the builder to commence the project subject to Building Control requirements.​​




BUILDING REGULATIONS


These can be applied in 1 of 2 ways

  • Building Notice - £480 (subject to complexity)
Your builder can initiate a building notice prior to the works commencing: The Local Authority building control are contacted 24hrs before commencement, the below fees are paid, and a site visit is arranged once the foundations are dug out. This is a quicker option for less complex builds, as you as you don't have to wait for decisions as there are made on site.
  • Building Regulation Application - £480 (same price)
This process is prior permission used for complicated developments, or when you intend to sell the house with permission for an extension. This process is also suitable if there was a long delay on the commencement of the project. This will require me to complete additional application forms etc and will be up to 6 weeks for a decision. If this is required a fee proposal will be provided to the client.
The price for each type of building regulation application is the same on small projects: 10m2 to 40m2 - £480 **Made Payable by the client direct to The Local Authority prior to the first inspection. I will clarify all the costs at the appraisal stage for peace of mind.




BUILD OVER AGREEMENTS & STRUCTURAL CALCULATIONS


Build over Agreements – Severn Trent

If you are building in the close vicinity of any existing mains drains, we will need to notify Severn Trent.

At the survey stage we will confirm if this is required.

The customer fee is £169.50.

This should be completed 2 months before you decide to have the extension done.

We can provide a fee for compleiting this process but normally a builder would take on this responsibility.

Structural Beams

It's likely with any major works (e.g. removal of walls or patio doors) that structural calculations from a structural engineer will be required.

We do not provide this service, but can arrange for any calculations to be carried out. We always recommend a budget of approximately £150 per beam +VAT.

* This is all subject to the final designs.

** We can recommend a trusted local engineer for these calculations