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The Project Process

The stages 

We provide much more than just the drawings for your home. we can provide a tailored solution to meet your needs, which you can be as involved in, or separated from as much as you wish. 

If you choose to have a full service, we can take you through the entire project, to completion or work with you only on the services that you wish for.

Call us for a free consultation, which can be carried out on the phone or face to face.


Consulting us at the earliest stage will allow us to gain a real feel for your needs so that together, we can establish a clear brief and a realistic budget. This will help reduce the overall design costs and help minimise any potential problems early on.


0    Strategy Definition 

The first thing we will do with you is identify what your needs objectives and visual goals are for your project, this allows us to understand what your aims are, and analyse how best to go about achieving this. We shall also look at the constraints that you may have on achieving your goals and how to overcome these.  

You will want to consider our questions for you in "Get the brief right" taking a snap shot of your wants for the project. 



1    Preparation and brief

We shall create a design brief, confirming key requirements and constraints for your project.  Project objectives, such as light, space, Quality  and even Sustainability aspirations will be considered. We will need to discuss your Project Budget, your strategy for when and how you wish to build, and how the site constraints will affect what you wish to do

We then go on to undertake a survey of your property, this will take a minimum of a few hours, and it allows us to visualise how best to achieve your goals whilst completing this, and again whilst producing the plans and elevations as existing. (example)  We may then go on to further develop the design brief and to assess the options available in order for you to access how to proceed i.e. if the project  would benefit from pre-application advice, topographical or ecological surveys. 

2    Concept Design 

We will work with you to develop designs that will interpret your ideas imaginatively, maximise your investment, ensure your project is cost effective and can help add real value to your home. We will come up with a range of ideas for you to discuss, develop and refine together

Implementation of the design brief

We will produce sketch proposals utilising the as existing drawings, plans, elevations, sections where appropriate. Working up outline proposals for structural and building services, outline specifications, sustainability strategy and preliminary cost plan if required at this stage

3    Developed Design 

Using the sketch design and liaising with yourselves we shall then prepare a developed design ready to submit. Where deemed necessary we may submit the proposals for pre-application advice to ascertain the likely hood of the proposals being favourably received 

We will then complete an application for planning permission, should this be in a conservation area, or be a we would complete a Design & Access Statement to accompany the proposals. (example) 


4    Technical Design

Once planning permission is approved we move on to the preparation of technical design and specification, We do this in two stages.

The first

Production information - Preparation of production information in sufficient detail to enable an Application for building regulation approval / statutory approvals.

At this stage the drawings could be used to gain budget costs for the scheme should you wish. 

The services of a Structural Engineer will almost certainly be required to complete calculations and the structural design for the scheme. Please note their, and all other professional fees required, are separate from our own. 

The Second

Preparation of further information for construction required under the building contract, in sufficient detail to enable a tender or tenders to be obtained. 

5    Construction

Guiding you through the construction phase we can help you select suitable builders, obtain appropriate prices for construction, appraise the quotes given, monitor progress and standards, supervise safety on site, liaise with other specialists and oversee the construction through to successful completion

6    Handover and close out 

Once the building has been completed we can assist with any initial teething problems that may occur, during your initial occupation period, and during this time we shall conclude any administration requirements of the building contract at this point

7    In Use 

Here we like to complete a Post occupancy review, reflecting on the Design brief with the finished outcome. 



Printable version - The Project Process 

RIBA plan of works - RIBA publication 

RIBA plan of works overview - RIBA publication