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The architectural process can be daunting and confusing, especially if you have no prior knowledge or experience of being part of a design or building project.
Our ‘Architectural Timeline’ explains this process in a clear and visual way, giving a brief overview of each stage along with a likely idea of how long these might take. We hope this will help you as a reader to better understand the full design process, realise what necessary stages are involved and provide a practical idea of timescales to manage your expectations and assist with your forward project planning.
The first step in pursuing any building project is to talk to an architectural consultant for advice on design, materials, logistics, processes, likely costs etc. New Space Architecture offer a free no obligation meeting to discuss all of the above and help you understand what will be involved throughout the process. Once we have discussed the scope of works we will then provide you with a written quotation of our professional fees.
Weeks 3 – 4
Following your confirmation and instruction to proceed with our services, the next stage is to undertake a detailed survey of the property in order to gather all critical measurements and information required for the project. In some cases where a more comprehensive survey is required (such as recording the topography of the land on a sloping site) we may recommend instructing a specialist surveying company to undertake this stage. If this is the case we will advise you on this and if necessary, obtain relevant quotes for your consideration. Upon completion of the site survey, the existing plans will then be drawn to scale ready for the design sketches to commence.
The next stage is that New Space Architecture will produce detailed design sketches based on our discussions following an in depth briefing meeting so we can really get to know you and your needs for your new space. These can include multiple design options for the project and is an important part of the process. We ask that clients are as open and honest as possible to ensure the final design meets their criteria. The sketches will be presented to you either face to face or via email (or post) for your initial thoughts and consideration. Once you have had time to consider the proposals you may then provide feedback, and any desired changes or amendments can be made.
If planning consent is required, we will prepare and submit an application to the local authority on your behalf. This will include scale drawings, a supporting statement and any necessary additional information required for your specific project. Once submitted there is an initial consultation period in which neighbours and other parties are invited to view the proposals and make any comments should they wish to do so. Any comments or objections received will not necessarily affect the outcome of the application and the planning officer will only take these in to consideration if they are deemed to be relevant. If any valid concerns are raised then the design may have to be altered in order to overcome these. Most applications go through the process very simply and without any revisions, but in some cases amendments may have to be made in order to reach a positive outcome. In this regard the planning process can be described as a ‘conversation’ between the planning officer and the designer. This process can sometimes be a lengthly one as local authorities have 8 weeks to consider the application once it has been validated and, depending on workloads, this can take even longer. Finally, in many cases smaller householder alterations are permissible under ‘Permitted Development’ rights and do not require formal planning consent at all. For more information on this and answers to other planning related questions head over to our FAQs page where we have all the answers.
The final application stage of the process is Building Regulations. This stage is all about the detail and requires the production of comprehensive construction drawings which will include everything necessary to demonstrate that your project will comply with current regulations. As part of this there will also be a written specification that accompanies the drawings and informs the builder and inspector how the construction should be undertaken. In addition, most building projects will likely have some sort of structural works required such as the removal of load-bearing walls or the creation of large openings that may require steel beams. If this is the case, then as part of the application process Building Control will request that a qualified structural engineer provides a specification and calculations for any new structural supports to prove their sufficiency to withstand the loads. It is always best to instruct an engineer as early as possible as they can take anywhere from 2-8 weeks to provide the necessary specification which can delay things and become frustrating. In order to limit any delay we will source the best possible quote on your behalf and keep you regularly updated as to what stage your project is at. More information on Structural Engineering can be found on page 36 of our design Journal. Once fully detailed, specified and engineered, the information can then be submitted to Building Control for approval and you are able to start your build.
Now that all your approvals are in place you have everything you need to obtain accurate quotes from your builder and your project can commence.
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