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IF YOU HAVE NOT WORKED WITH AN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER BEFORE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION MAY HELP YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IS INVOLVED WITH A TYPICAL PROJECT

1] Following your enquiry an informal meeting is arranged, free of charge, usually at the project address, to discuss and understand your ideas and requirements.

2] Your quote is then prepared.

3] Once your quote is accepted a set of written agreement documents are prepared and signed before starting work. These documents also clearly identify your fees and an anticipated timescale for the design and construction.

4] A survey of your site or existing building is organised to establish any constraints.

5] Your first set of preliminary design proposals / drawings are issued for review. This may include several options to consider.

6] Your preliminary design proposals are then adjusted until a satisfactory overall design is agreed and signed off.

7] Depending upon the complexity of the project this design can be used for initial discussions with the Local Planning Authority.

8] Formal planning permission is applied for your project, if required.

9] After planning permission is hopefully approved the next stage would be to obtain Building Regulations consent. The Building Regulations are statutory and they set minimum requirements for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the health and safety of end users.

10] Following Building Regulations approval for your project the design is developed further and competitive prices usually obtained from reputable builders. There are other ways to obtain prices and this can be agreed on a project specific basis.

11] Once prices are obtained the appointment of the most suitable builder [not always the cheapest] is formalised with an industry standard construction contract.

12] Construction commences and the project is managed with the builder until satisfactory completion.

13] We will ensure cost is controlled and a certified paper trail is kept that records all changes and payments.

14] Before your building is ready to be occupied a small manual is sometimes produced that provides guidance on how the building operates and should be maintained. This is similar to a user manual that you are provided with when you purchase a new car or television.

15] You move in and enjoy your new building or extension etc.

16] Even after completion we will continue to work with you and the builder to ensure any problems that arise are rectified to your satisfaction.

 

YOU MAY HAVE SEVERAL PRE-CONCEPTIONS ABOUT WORKING WITH US AND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION MAY HELP YOU TO UNDERSTAND OUR ATTITUDE TO THE DESIGN PROCESS

► We have a no nonsense, practical approach to design and this flows through into the building process.

► We try to take care of everything with minimum involvement from you. This will result in your time and money being saved and allows you to concentrate on more important issues such as family or work.

► We understand that due to busy lives it is not always possible to meet or talk during the daytime. Therefore, we are available most evenings and weekends to fit in with your schedule.

► You will be kept regularly informed of progress, good communication is key.

► Each project is approached as a collaborative team effort without hierarchy and we find this is both exciting and rewarding. By engaging with clients, consultants, builders, manufacturers, specialists and neighbours from different backgrounds and all ages improves our work, makes it more fascinating and provides the best outcome.

► We will listen to you and incorporate your requirements into the design. We seek to fully understand the building users. Buildings should be people focused.

► Primarily we are a client led practice, not a design led practice. This does not mean design is not important, design, function and aesthetic appeal are crucial. However, listening, understanding and providing what you, the client needs is what shapes this practice. Not buildings that are unbuildable, difficult to maintain and do not perform as anticipated.

► We believe in good relationships and good communication which are vital at all stages to ensure a successful project.

► We have a built up good working relationships with many other construction specialists, such as Structural Engineers, Quantity Surveyors and other associated professionals. If we think you should use the services of such experts we will only recommend firms we are confident of working with. We’ve done the homework so you don’t have to.

► Our design approach is functionalist. It is critical the building functions as intended and fits within the context of the site and surroundings.

► We will produce extremely clear and thorough drawings and information. This means it will be quick and easy for you and the rest of the team to understand something. Complex issues and items will not be missed off. Maximum impact in minimum time. This also means that there should be less errors on site, the build time will be reduced and therefore, you should save money.

► We take the time to do a good job properly and do not rush things.

► With a meticulous and thorough attention to detail we attempt to foresee future problems and how to avoid them.

► We try to do things differently. We don’t churn out the minimum amount of drawings as quickly as possible to maximise profits but rather all designs and drawings are thoughtfully prepared to provide the appropriate amount of information.

► We strive to help create good buildings that are practical, economical, attractive and delightful.

 

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