Extending your home is a great idea when you adore the area, your kids go to amazing schools and the neighbours are lovely but you just don’t have enough space to live comfortably. You need creative and thoughtful designs that take into account the requirements of your own family including special ideas you already have such as an orangery or feature bi-fold doors as well as any budgetary constraints you need us to take into consideration.
We help our clients through the whole process from advice about whether planning permission is needed (the work might be ‘permitted development’) to providing Building Regulation details so you can get accurate quotes from builders. We can recommend specialists to assist with legal matters such as restrictive covenants and party wall issues. We will even recommend builders if you’d like and we can provide project management services throughout the life of the project to make sure everything runs smoothly for you.
The majority of larger extensions require planning permission although smaller extensions can often be built under permitted development rights. This can be a tricky area as the legislation is rather complicated but we are always on hand to guide our clients in the right direction. We have an unblemished track record in achieving planning permission – every planning application we have made has been granted consent. Not every architect can say this; we are proud of our success.
The process will usually start with a phone call or an email. We’ll give a written fixed quotation for our fee and the likely planning and Building Control costs. Our fee includes a range of options – as many as we can think of – and any amendments or alterations we make to the drawings are included in the price until you are delighted with the proposed extension and internal layout.