We visit your home to discuss your ideas and discover exactly what you’re looking for and learn about your tastes and inspirations to build up a picture. At the same time you can pick our brains to find out if Your Home Plans is right for you. The journey always starts with you. It's your project, your vision. So, before we can start any design work, we make sure we know what you have in mind. You become a fundamental part of the design process. We can discuss your budget expectations and whether they are realistic and offer you solutions that fit.
Following the consultation we will email you a letter which outlines our proposal with the project brief and fees for our Architectural services.
If you decide to appoint us, we will come back to carry out a measured survey, and from this we will create “existing” plans and one or more concept floor plans based on the brief in our initial proposal to you. Once you have selected your chosen scheme we will work through other elements of the design providing elevations and 3D visualisations.
The design process will help you understand what can be achieved in design and technical terms. We will invite you to challenge our ideas and we may challenge yours. During this stage we invite all of your thoughts and feedback, making as many revisions as required until you’re delighted with the final plans.
We will submit the Planning Application or Application for a Certificate of Lawfulness on your behalf and liaise with the planning case officer in the aim to overcome any issues they may have to achieve approval.
Building Regulation Plans
Once we have received Planning Approval, we will offer to prepare your Building Regulation Plans with a Structural Engineers Report and Calculations, this general takes 4 weeks. These plans are required to obtain full Building Control Approval through either the Local Authority or an Approved Building Control, which we will submit on your behalf. Buiders will also need these to be able to provide a realistic Build Quotation
Before the Building Regulation Plans are considered complete other approvals may be required which could mean making amendments to the Building Regulation Plans, these may affect build costs and your builder should be updated with these plans if a contract price has already been given.
Party Wall Notices - It may be necessary to serve a Notice to your neighbours advising them of the proposed works and you will need their agreement to go ahead with the work or a party wall surveyor will be required to draw up an agreement.
Sewer Connection or Build Over Agreement - If an extension is to be built over or near a drain shared with your neighbour, you may require approval from your local water authority, which we would apply for on your behalf. Public drains sometimes are in the most unlikely places and its always worth having a drain survey undertaken as early as possible in the design process so that alterations to the design are not required at a late date and also cost implications are known early. We like to design out the need for Applications to Water Authorities wherever possible.
SAP Calculations - If the glazing area in the new extension is more than 25% of the new floor area Building Control will require SAP Calculations which we can arrange on your behalf.
Schedule of Works
We start by discussing all your interior & design choices such kitchens, bathrooms, lighting, power, heating and finishes. We then produce detailed schedules and plans of all the choices you've made, this can be used for tender purposes to ensure all contractors are bidding for the same scope of works and reduce the amount of decisions made during the construction process.