Firstly Craig would call to your home to survey the property for viability of your proposed ideas. All initial home visits are completely free of charge - as are the quotations for any work you would like us to undertake.
If the plot already has planning permission, this can be of two types - a basic outline of where the property can be positioned or a full plan including elevations.
Many ideas that people have are quite feasible, but there are considerations such as access to the property from the front or rear or drainage for example and we can talk these through with you to see how it affects your design structurally- or makes improvements to it architecturally.
If you do not already have your own design - or your design is something you may even just have scribbled on some paper, we can turn your ideas and dreams into reality.
One of the most common questions we get at the initial visit is "How much will it roughly cost". Thankfully we can roughly provide an estimate based on the size of the floor area you'd like to extend into.
If we are designing your extension, we expect you to be involved in the whole process, so you see your ideas coming to life, also so we can make necessary tweaks and adaptations as required. We feel the customer should be part of the design process in every stage.
Our Architects and structural engineers (if required) will design actual plans for your extension to your specification and to current building control requirements. Once completed, you have the choice of a traditional paper plans or more advanced 3d CAD drawing.
Once the final plans have been designed to your satisfaction, depending on the size of the extension vs your property, they may need to be submitted to the relevant planning and building control departments. The prices for submitting can vary but depending on the size of the extension, we can normally advise on a rough price to submit plans if required. The planning approval process can take 6-8 weeks.
Building work can begin within a few weeks - to fit around your commitments or schedule. Initially the building contract will need to be signed by both parties (us and you) so each party is clear on their commitments. A building schedule/programme of works document will be provided. This also shows at what stages of construction each part payment will be required.
Health and safety is high on our list of priorities and we provide a Health and Safety plan that details what we will be doing at each stage, identifying risks and what we will provide to ensure safety of your family while the work is carried out. At each stage we ensure that access to parts of your property are restricted, clearly marked or otherwise - such as fencing off areas where we are working to prevent children or pets becoming endangered.
During building, our team need to have access to water and electricity. If you prefer to secure your premises (for example while you are at work) whilst we work and access is not required, we can provide our own welfare facilities.
During building we liaise with the building inspector at the various inspection stages as we head toward completion. Many of our customers like to feel that they are part of this phase and we regularly meet with clients to reassure them and discuss the process stages.
The final stage involves us liaising with the client to identify any snags enabling us to deliver a quality build to the customers satisfaction. Once everything is complete we will issue all relevant certificates/Documents.