Residential Architecture

Architectural Services

Ecclesall Design provides thoughtful, cost-effective designs and architectural services for a range of projects from residential and commercial extensions to floor plans and new build homes.

We are able to offer professional Computer Generated Images (CGIs) to give a realistic impression of a finished design. However, due to the additional time and cost in producing these files we would tend to only recommend their inclusion in certain high-end schemes rather than standard projects.

Building Regulation details can be included within our design projects if required although more experienced builders often prefer to build using a Building Notice. We are able to provide drawings and floor plans for commercial properties with Building Regulation details for approval by Building Control.

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New Builds

We’ll start by looking at the site so we can get a feel for what is likely to be allowed by the Planning department. Once we have established the likely outcome, we will confirm our quotation in writing that will clearly set out our fee and also the Planning and Building Control fees and if any other professionals are likely to be necessary. For example, we often recommend that a topographical survey be carried out so we can design with accuracy. Nothing worse than having a digger arrive on the first day of construction and discovering that the architect made assumptions about the size of the site that turn out to be not completely correct!

The brief tends to be to either design a client’s dream house on a plot they have acquired specifically for the purpose, or to maximise the investment from a purely financial point of view. Either way, we’ll make sure we understand what you want from us and then set to designing a house (or more than one) that makes best use of the site taking into account your particular requirements as well as any views, the neighbouring properties, the location with regards to the sun’s position, access from the existing road (Highways department will need to be happy with whatever is proposed) and any restrictions such as if the property lies in a Conservation area.

Extensions

First of all, we’re happy to have a chat on the phone about what you’re thinking so we can get a feel for the scale of the project and give you some initial advice as to whether it’s likely to be permitted development or need planning permission. We’ll then send you an email that sets out clearly our quote for producing the designs for your proposed new project along with the plans and elevations of the existing house and the Building Regulation details. We’ll also let you know how much the Planning and Building Control fees will be, and whether you’re likely to need structural engineer’s calculations (if you do, we’ll put you in touch with a structural engineer).

If you decide to engage us we’ll arrange to come out and survey the existing property, take photographs and take extensive measurements. We’ll also have a good chat with you to discover exactly what you’re hoping to achieve from your extended property and also make notes of any ideas you already have. For example, a couple with a young family have very different requirements from a household with older teenagers who require their own space and privacy. After around three weeks we’ll arrange a second visit to present to you a range of designs that meet your brief, and some options that perhaps you hadn’t considered before. We carry out any amendments as part of the initial fee no matter how much fine-tuning you require.

Once you’ve chosen the designs you like we’ll finalise the set of drawings to include site and location plans and submit them to planning, if required, and if not go straight to preparing the Building Regulation details ready for submission to Building Control. We can then introduce you to a couple of recommended builders to give you quotations for the building work and also arrange for you to visit trade kitchen suppliers in order to benefit from our trade discount.

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Landlords – conversions, refurbishment, HMOs

We are able to provide designs and Building Regulation details for conversions, refurbishments in HMOs, and also have a close association with an excellent builder who specialises in competitively-priced, high quality refurbishment work and conversions for landlords.