We know that for most people starting out on a project is not an everyday thing. That’s why we split our services in to simple stages, and give you our advice every step of the way. We base this on the RIBA Plan of Work which is a good way of defining the process.
Before we start work on any project we will always agree our services and fee in writing. Once we get going these are the stages that we work to.
This is our chance to meet and sit down together and discuss your project over a coffee. We will offer you our advice and agree on the aims for the design. We will come to the property and make sure we have got all the dimensions and photos we need to get going.
We will be busy creating some concept design ideas based on the brief. Once these are ready (usually about 2 weeks) we will send them to you for us to discuss. We will even give you a 3D model that you can open and fly around on your iPad or computer. We want to make sure you are happy with the concept before going further.
It is crucial to make sure all of the right permissions for the work are in place. We will advise on the best approach, and put together all the drawings and forms needed. At this stage the design will be more detailed and will show the key materials and dimensions for approval. We will submit the application to the Council for you, and keep a close eye on it until the decision is in .
At this stage the design really comes together. Our drawings will be more detailed and show construction. We can suggest a great structural engineer, and will apply for Building Regs. It’s not all technical, and we like to chat through the choices of materials with you. Once this is all agreed we will write a detailed specification for the whole project.