We love assisting all clients in realising their dreams. Initially, we will sit down with our client and ascertain the brief over the proposed works.
Once the brief has been agreed, we will prepare designs for the property, which look to meet this. As part of the design process we consider:
- Client requirements
- Restrictions of the existing property/site
- Planning Legislation
- Building Regulations
- Budget restrictions
The of level design service can vary depending on client requirements. We have some clients that like us to provide an outline scheme, which they can develop further and others that like a fully comprehensive service right down to choosing the kitchen tap. We tailor our service accordingly.
We have a wide range of design experience within our team, which includes:
- Commercial fit outs including retail, hospitality and office
- Conversion to residential
- New build developments
- Education extensions and fit out
- Residential extensions and loft conversions
- Refurbishment and Renovation
Some clients struggle to picture the design when it is drawn in 2D. When required, we do have the option to prepare contextual views of a room or building to help picture what the appearance will be. There are also occasions when this is also an advantage with the planning department to show the extent of the scheme and to place it in context of its surroundings.
A specification is a contractual document that itemises the building work and cross references it against the proposed drawings and any other documents that form part of the project. This document can then be used to price the proposed works and if priced correctly by contractors, will itemise the costings.
A specification provides a level of control over the project, which includes, how things are carried out, choice of materials and costs.
The specification can also be used to specify specific materials and equipment that may want to be used in a project. This can help to hone the clients thoughts over what they may require and we can assist in providing websites and show rooms that may be useful for the client to visit.
Once a specification is written, we can also assist with obtaining competitive estimates for the building works. We have a list of contractors that we have worked with in the past, which will provide costings for the work. Once we have received the estimates, we will then prepare a tender report with recommendations for the client.
We are often called to look at properties that are owned or prospective property owners, over options that could be available to either extend, convert, rebuild or refurbish. Sometimes it is difficult to see the potential of what could be carried out, which is where we can provide assistance. We can provide advice from a construction, planning and building regulation point of view as well as assist with budget costing the building work.
There are also occasions when we are asked to look at the development potential of a site, where we can provide schematic designs, budget costs, as well guidance on the potential return from the site.
We can provide a plan over how to proceed with the project, which may consist of preparing scale drawings of the property, advising on any other consultants that may be required as part of the project and discussing the approach that will be required with the planning and building regulation process.
Generally a feasibility service can include:
- Ascertaining client brief
- Inspecting property/site and discuss potential options
- Prepare draft proposals
- Prepare budget costings for building work
- Assess any impact the proposal may have with Planning and Building Regulation
- Assess any other legal issues such as Party Wall etc Act 1996
- Prepare outline planning applications.