The site visits also offer us with an opportunity to tell you more about how we work. We only send out members of our Architectural Team so you’ll get a knowledgeable, creative team member, passionate about design and architecture.
Following your Site Visit, we will send over your quote based on the discussion and information pulled from the Site Visit. This outlines both our Fixed Fee Design Service, and also a budget estimate from our Build Team
This will be your designer throughout the entire Design Process and they’ll develop your design with you, take you through planning and prepare your Building Reg Pack. They’ll have lots of ideas, floorplans and images for you to consider, so if you’re not sure what you want that’s not a problem – we are here to guide you. They will then measure up the property in detail.
We actually encourage our clients to take this time to experiment and consider lots of designs as you want to be sure before committing to a design via planning. Lots of clients choose to speak with their designer face to face, over the phone or on email – it’s completely up to you.
Once you are completely satisfied with your design, we will prepare your planning application for you. This includes your planning application or permitted development application and anything else we feel would support your application such as a Heritage Report or a Design & Access Statement.
This also includes your drawing set (site plan, existing and proposed ground floor plan, roof plans, sectional details, side elevations etc.). Our team our absolute pros at this so we’ll tell you exactly what we feel we should submit on your behalf and the reasons why.
Once the application is validated, a Case Officer (CO) will be assigned. We then make contact with the CO to ensure that they have our details. Sometimes the CO will want to carry out a brief site visit at around week 6 or 7 of the planning period and in this case we will be in touch with you to book it in. They generally just want to have a quick look around and take some photos.
Party Wall can be lengthy, especially if your neighbours are not supportive of the works you intend to carry out. It’s important to remember that no neighbour can stop you from building, they can only delay it during the PW negotiations. We have an in-house Party Wall Expert who can serve Notice & draw up the Schedules of Condition.
We take a very sympathetic approach when it comes to serving to Notice in the hope of gaining a consent to the works which ultimately saves you time and money. We do this by offering lots of information and support if your neighbours have questions or concerns.
If your application is rejected, we will look carefully as the reasons for rejection and work with you to find the best solution forward, be that to Appeal the decision or amend the drawings and resubmit.
Following this meeting we will send over our Detailed Schedule of Works which is our contract for the Build, this will show our fixed price tender and it is then your decision whether you wish to proceed with the Build Phase.