The process for designing, planning and building a house extension can be complex and time consuming. Our clear and simple process is broken down into four stages to make it as quick, efficient and cost effective for you as possible.
Before starting our journey, Craig will meet with you free of charge at your house to discuss your requirements, get a feel for the house and how you and your family use your space. He will advise on what may be possible under Permitted Development laws and what may need formal Planning Permission. Many single storey house extensions and loft conversions within certain size limitations do not require planning permission whereas almost all 2 storey extensions and larger dormer loft conversions will.
He will discuss your budget and what may be achievable and the likely time frames for the whole project up to completion of the build. He will then send you a fee proposal for your consideration before progressing to Stage 1.
Stage 1 - Conceptual Design & Planning
We will analyse your house, it's surroundings and your requirements and create three conceptual designs which meet your brief. We will to provide a range of designs to inspire you, maximise the potential of your home and show you options that you may not have considered. We will then meet with you to present the proposals and discuss. The designs will be modelled using 3D software and sent to you so you can fully explore the Options in 3D at home on tablet, phone or PC. The benefit of this over traditional 2D drawings is that you can 'walk round' the house and get a much better feel for the space than you would with simple 2D drawings. Once we have agreed the principles of the design, we develop this further into a comprehensive design to be submitted for Planning Permission. After submitting the application, we liaise closely with the Local Authority until a decision is made.
Stage 2 - Technical Design & Specification
Once we have planning approval in place we will focus on preparing a package of information suitable for a builder to quote and work from. We organise other consultants, such as Structural Engineers, and prepare technical drawings for Building Warrant. We will also prepare a written Schedule of Works describing the works to be done. This information then forms part of the Tender package which contractors will be invited to quote from.
Stage 3 - Building Quotes
In order to obtain the best, most competitive quotes for your building work we have a simple but thorough system for managing the tender process. We can suggest potential contractors and help you choose which you would like to invite to quote for the work. We then send them the information and liaise with them to ensure they provide a fixed quote within the agreed time. One returned, we analyse the quotations, present them to you in an easily digestible format and help you select the best option for your project.
Stage 4 - Build
Once on site, we can provide varying degrees of project management to help you control the works and ensure a fantastic final product. As every project, client and contractor is different, we tailor this service to your needs and help you select the right level of service for your project.
If you would like to find out more about the services we offer or would like to arrange a free home consultation, please get in touch!