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FAQ’s

FAQ's

Please see the below diagram of the design and building process, there also more information here.

the process of engaging an architect

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This was not by design, it just happened that the best applicants for the job vacancies were female.

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If you need to know our fees please see our fees page here

If you would like to know more about the cost of building please read below:

We usually estimate on a basis of £1250-1800 per square metre, per floor for new-build (this can also be applied to an extension floor area). This excludes kitchens, bathrooms and external works. The first two because you might want an Ikea or reclaimed kitchen, or you might want a highly bespoke one with consequential cost differences (the same applies to bathrooms). The latter because all building sites are different and it also depends on the extent of the landscaping required. Bear in mind the above is a broad brush benchmark and actual builder’s quotes may differ. We would also recommend that you read the Home Building and Renovating magazine which has a useful section that is updated each month on average building project costs per UK region. For extensions they have a specific calculator.

Listed buildings are more tricky to give a ballpark figure for due to their complexity. We therefore cannot offer a guide for these. But we do have consultants who can provide a guide.

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This will depend on your project size and complexity but some guidelines are below. However please bear in mind that if you are contacting us in March, we will not be able to achieve a build start in the summer of the same year. This is because good design takes time and also because good builders are already booked up several months in advance. Additionally planning applications takes 8 weeks for a decision to be reached once they are submitted. Lastly, depending on current workload, we may not be able to start your project straight away.

New-build house (4 bedroom) or equivalent sized barn conversion approximate timescales

Survey – 6 weeks

Feasibility/design options – 6 months minimum

Planning Application – the application will sit in the planning department for 8 weeks before a decision is made. If a pre-application is required (because we need to test ideas with the council or because the project is not straightforward) then you would need to add another 3 months to this process.

Building Control Application – 3 months

Construction information – 3 months

Building on site – 1-2 years

Single storey house extension

Survey – one month

Feasibility/design options – 3 months minimum

Planning Application – the application will sit in the planning department for 8 weeks before a decision is made. If a pre-application is required (because we need to test ideas with the council or because the project is not straightforward) then you would need to add another 3 months to this process.

Building Control Application – 2 months

Construction information – 2 months

Building on site – 3-6 months

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