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Frequently asked questions

Every project that we undertake is unique, and we understand that this may be the first time that you may have thought you need to use a residential architect; our FAQs are based on questions that we often get asked, if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Do you deal with planning process or do I need to?

As part of our planning stage services we deal with the planning process in house and seek to keep chasing planners to keep communication channels in place in so far as practical.

Do you have a team of builders you work with or can recommend?

We work with a number of teams locally, equally, we are able to support you to work with builders that you may have been recommended by friends or family or local to you.

Do you have an interior design team to work with?

We do interior design in house, speak to us if this is important to you.

Does the process take longer if a building is listed?

It can add an extra layer to the planning stage, and potentially additional detailing may be required at the beginning which can take more time; if you are in a listed building, let us know at the outset.

How do you charge for your projects?

As each project and therefore everyone’s needs are different, our fees are based on the needs of your project; we provide a flexible pricing structure that gives you a fixed fee for every stage of the project and you have the option to use us as little or as much as you need.

How long does it take for drawings to be completed?

This depends on the type of project and what stage; this will be discussed with you at each stage relative to the drawings we are undertaking. Multiple parties may be involved in the development of your drawings and this can take coordination so it is important to allow sufficient time; don’t forget our role is about more than just the drawings!

I have a very tight budget but need extra space - can you help?

We are always realistic about what is possible within your budget; this is discussed very early on in the process and we offer innovative solutions to see how you can get the space you need at a price that you can afford.

What can I expect at my first consultation?

The first consultation is about exploring and understanding your requirements, we will spend about an hour with you to understand what you are looking for relative to any contextual constraints and this will allow us to send you a fee proposal to suit your project.

What did you do to make it a success?

Our service is more than getting plans drawn, we want to understand the way you and your family live so as to design your home so that it works for you. A key part of our offering is the design exploration stage, and we will present a number of ideas as to how various areas may work. Working with us as your architect through the course of your project is likely to save you money in the long run and leave you with a beautiful space that you can be proud of. Our long training and extensive experience since then, seek to protect you and your home, and we can help with the design and the delivery of your project, including managing builders and advising on suitable finishes to suit your budget requirements.

When is the best time to get architectural plans?

Before architectural plans are developed we would always advise that you should look to develop some concept sketches. Once you have some ideas in hand, we can then develop the plans for the relevant stage; this should be done before any builders are engaged.

Why do I need an architect for my project?

An architect can not only bring creative design ideas to your project but they also protect you and your interests through the building, guiding you through what can be a complex process; they have the experience to understand all of the legal aspects and stages within a project whilst bringing your vision and ideas to life – in a nutshell, they can make what can be stressful process stress-free!

Why should we use your services?

We want to make sure that you get the most out of your project at a price that works for you, in a way that is fun and stress-free. We are very experienced at making the most of space and offering tailored solutions to suit, including pushing the boundaries of what is possible at planning.

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