1. FREE SITE VISIT
The initial site visit allows us to see your home and understand what you want to accomplish. Every single project is different and it's important we fully understand what you want to gain from your project from the very beginning. Following your Site Visit, we will confirm our budget estimate.
2. MEASURED SURVEY
After you have agreed to appoint us we will book in the site survey. During this meeting we will measure up the property in detail and will discuss all design alternatives from the layout and floor plans to the materials used in the exterior.
3. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
Following the Measured Survey, we will send over existing & proposed floor plans. You are free to amend your plans or request new plans until you are totally happy with your final layout - we won't rest until it's to your liking. We actually encourage our clients to take this time to experiment and consider lots of designs as you want to be sure of the design before going ahead to build it
4. PLANNING SET
Once you are completely satisfied with your design, & structural plans 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.). We'll tell you exactly what we feel we should submit on your behalf and the reasons why.
5. PLANNING PERIOD
Planning generally takes 8 weeks. Once we submit your application, we will immediately begin to chase the council to ensure it becomes validated. Validation means that the council are registering the application as valid and confirming that they have what they need to make a determination. 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.
6. PARTY WALL
If you want to build soon, we would recommend getting started on Party Wall (PW) arrangements once you have submitted plans to planning, this way you can run the process alongside the 8 week planning window. 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.
7. BUILDING REG PACKS
If planning permission is accepted, we will notify you and send over all of the documentation for your information and records. Once the application is accepted, we begin your Building Regulations Pack. These are the detailed drawings that Building Control and your assigned contractor will require during building works. They are the detailed drawings that show all of the steel placement and specifications etc. 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.
8. . Quantity surveyors
Quantity surveyors are responsible for managing all aspects of the contractual and financial side of construction projects
9. Project management
Construction managers, also called general contractors or project managers, typically do the following: Prepare and negotiate cost estimates, budgets, work timetables, report on work progress and budget matters to clients. Collaborate with architects, engineers and other construction and building specialists.