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Frequently Asked Questions Extension Plans UK

Our promise to our customers. To provide quality Architect drawings with a quick turn around, while not cutting corners or compromising in quality.

Service

How is it such a quick turnaround?

When appointing an architect, a lot of time is lost due to organising the initial meeting, the site survey and any follow up meetings. As our customers provide the necessary measurements of their property we are able to start the drawings process immediately. Any conversations our customers wish to have is addressed through a telephone conversation and we always on hand for questions and queries. By removing site visits and unnecessary meetings from our process we can focus on providing your drawings as quickly as possible.

Can I carry out my own survey?

Yes! All you need is a tape measure. Add the necessary measurements of your property onto a quick sketch and we will do the rest. If you have estate agents floor plans you can add the measurements to these plans to make the process even easier. If you neighbour has a similar layout and has previous architectural plans then we could also work from these. Please see our guide for more detail.

How long until we hear back from the council?

A normal planning application is 8 weeks long however, the countdown doesn’t start until the council have validated the application which can take a couple of weeks. Upon validation the council aim to determine the outcome of the application within 8 weeks.

Are your plans the same as an Architects drawings?

The drawings we provide are created to the same (if not better) standard as your local Architect. Our plans are created by an experienced member of our design team and will include everything the council require to process your planning or permitted development application. By streamlining our process and removing the unnecessary site visits we can provide the same detailed plans at a much cheaper price.

Can we start any of the works before permission is given?

Internal works can be started before official approval is received for the design from the council. A building control application must be submitted prior to commencement of construction however.

Building

What is building control?

A building control application must be submitted prior to commencement of construction works for all building projects. Building control are responsible for checking and approving your building regulation drawings and specifications and your structural engineering documents. You will be appointed a building inspector who will liaise with your builder and visit site throughout construction to ensure building regulations are being complied with.

Do you visit site during the build?

Project management is not a service that we offer, nor do we believe it is something required for most projects. If a competent contractor is capable of running the majority of residential extension projects. Building control are appointed to liaise with the builders during construction to ensure the works are being completed to the necessary standard.

What happens with building control?

Upon approval of your planning application your building regulation drawings and engineers’ calculations will be submitted to building control for an application, this is to ensure all the information we have provided is double checked and compliant by a third party before work commences. This also goes for the builder too, the inspector will ensure the builder has followed our plans and installed them correctly resulting in a certificate, signing off the project. Once the application has been submitted you will receive a name and number of your assigned inspector who your builder can contact to arrange the different site visits, this should be normal practise for the builder.

What is the difference between the council building control and a private service?

Your building control application can be submitted to either the council or a private building control firm. As a private building control Is a business, they have a higher focus on customer service and are generally more readily available for queries and site visits. The final sign off that you receive from a private building control company is exactly the same as the approval you would receive from the council.

How soon can I start building?

We advise waiting on approval of a certificate of lawful development prior to commencement of construction if you project falls within permitted development guidelines. Once you have the necessary approval from the council for the design of your project a building control application is submitted. We recommend submitting the building control application at least 3 weeks prior the start of your build to allow building control the time to approve your documentation. You are however within your rights to start building works just 5 days after submitted your building control application.

Pricing

Why are you so much cheaper than architects?

Architects charge for their time spent on each project, a lot of this time is spent on drafting, site visits and meetings. This process is much more complex and not entirely necessary. We streamline this process, providing only what is necessary. As you provide the measurements, we do not have to charge for site visits and can start work on your plans immediately.

How is the fixed price guaranteed?

The majority of architects work on an hourly rate or a percentage of the build costs which makes it impossible to offer a final price until works have been completed. This can lead to unforeseen costs and an unexpectedly high final invoice. We have streamlined our service to provide you with only that which is necessary. We charge for your drawings only and will give you the finished price before you appoint our service.

Do you really submit applications for free?

Included in our cost is the purchase of an Ordnance survey map, this with your completed your plans is everything the council need to process your application for almost all applications. We submit the application to the council and act as the agent throughout the process to ensure your application is processed as a swiftly as possible.

Why are you so much cheaper than architects?

Architects charge for their time spent on each project, a lot of this time is spent on drafting, site visits and meetings. This process is much more complex and not entirely necessary. We streamline this process, providing only what is necessary. As you provide the measurements, we do not have to charge for site visits and can start work on your plans immediately.

How do I get cheap drawings online?

It’s simple, head over to our quote page to get a price. If you are happy with your quote, get in touch via the email we provide and we can start the process. Using our guide to ensure you have the images and measurements ready for us to start the drawings.