We offer a full range of architectural and interior design services that will guide you through the complete process of extending or building your new home. This includes the design stages, planning, building regulations and tender of your project prior to construction. We can monitor the construction phase of your project to ensure it is completed in a timely manner, on budget and to the highest quality.
Before commencing with any services it is important to get to know you and learn more about your potential project. Once you have made an initial enquiry, we will arrange to visit your home or site where we can discuss your plans. Following this initial meeting, we will prepare a fixed fee proposal for the services you have requested. Once this is agreed, we will commence with the project and follow the stages set out below.
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Stage 1 – Preparation and Brief
During this stage we will carry out a full measured survey of your house or commission a topographical survey of your building plot. We will research all relevant planning history and advise of any constraints to the project. We will listen to your needs and build up a detailed brief for the project. We always seek to offer our expertise to unlock hidden potential and we will share initial ideas with you that you may not have considered. We believe that a collaborative approach between architect and client is essential for a successful project and so we may meet a few times during this stage.
Stage 2 – Concept Design
We will use the detailed project brief to develop outline proposals. These initial concepts will take the form of hand drawn sketches, 3d models and mood boards. There will often be several options to choose from and aspects from each are often merged to form the preferred option to develop further. During this stage we may have a design review meeting where we can present the ideas to you and explain why we have arrived at a particular design. This can take place at your home or in the design studio.
Stage 3 – Design Development
Once a preferred concept is decided upon, we will spend more time at this stage transforming ideas into something that can be built. A comprehensive set of planning drawings and 3d visuals will be prepared along with any written documentation that is required to support the planning submission. All of our projects are developed in 3d so you can walk through your home and get a feel for the interior space and make any last minute adjustments. Only once you are completely happy with the design will the planning application be submitted. We will manage the whole planning process on your behalf.
Stage 4 – Technical Design & Tender
Once planning is approved, we will prepare a full set of technical drawings and specification document. These will be required for building regulations and to allow contractors to price during the tender process. During this stage we will collaborate with many consultants; structural engineers, building control, kitchen designers, interior designers, lighting designers and landscape architects can all be consulted to make sure all of your requirements are documented and detailed which minimises issues and cost increases on site.
We have established relationships with various suppliers including kitchens, bathrooms, windows & doors and we can help with seeking quotations and will then collaborate with them during construction to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Stage 5 – Construction
If required, we will administer your contract with the builder, carry out regular inspections, deal with queries, instruct any additional work required, monitor progress on site, keep track of cost, value the works and certify payments due to the builder.
Stage 6 – Completion & Handover
When the project reaches completion, we will inspect the works and highlight any outstanding issues or defects that need rectifiying. This stage is about making sure the builders leave the project complete and to a high standard.