Whether your application is for an extension to an existing building, a new house, barn conversion or a more complex design for properties in Conservation Areas or Listed Building status we can offer a comprehensive assessment from concept to completion.
We initially will carry out a site visit to take your brief and identify any potential issues. Items such as drainage, services, orientation for solar gain, maximising views and ensuring functionality of any design will be addressed.
From this initial meeting we can then prepare scheme proposal drawings for discussions with yourselves and planners. These drawings will normally consist of floor plans, elevations and site plans and will enable us to discuss with you various options with regards design and layout. Also material types and finishes will be discussed and agreed.
On some projects it may be necessary to submit a Design and Access Statement to justify the chosen design in its setting and to ensure it complies with design standards and planning policies.
Building Regulations are standards that apply to all buildings to make sure they are safe for people who are occupying them. The Regulations are a series of Approved Documents covering the technical aspects of construction work. Most building work requires Building Regulations approval. Examples of when building control approval is required include: new builds, extensions, loft conversions, converting garages into a habitable room, carrying out structural alterations, changing the use of a property, underpinning and carrying out drainage works.
There are two ways in which we can make a Building Regulations application: making a Full Plans application or by submitting a Building Notice notification.
- A Full Plans application is the most thorough option. It will consist of us producing detailed plans and full specifications of the construction details. You can expect a decision within approximately 5 weeks. You’ll then receive a completion certificate within 8 weeks of completion of the building work as long as it complies.
- A building notice is normally for smaller projects. You can start work 2 days after your notice has been submitted. You don’t get formal approval like you do with a full plans application and a lot is left to the experience of the builder who will liaise with the Building Inspector. As you can appreciate there is an element of risk with this option.