Architectural Services

 
We provide an affordable architectural service to suit any budget. All completed work fully complies with Local Authority statutory requirements and all drawings are detailed using the latest computer aided design (CAD) software. Our architectural services include-
 
 New House Builds  Annexes
 Single Storey Extensions  Outbuildings
 Two Storey Extensions  Conservatories
 Building Alterations  Porches
 Loft Conversions  Structural Calculations
 Garage Conversions    
 
Basically the first stage of your project is handled professionally by us, eliminating the burden from you of preparing drawings; completing the necessary application forms for local authority submission; liaising with planning officers and building inspectors and dealing with any issues along the way which may occur during this stage.
 
When you are ready to put your project to paper, no matter how small or large, the help and guidance of an experienced professional is invaluable and the service they provide can be the key to a successful build.

Bearing this in mind a typical service from Affordable Home Designs, regardless of budget and project size, includes:
 

An initial free consultation at your home

 
We aim to establish your requirements and provide you with any guidance required to achieve an agreed proposal by the end of our visit. We will inform you of any restrictions and restraints which may form part of the Planning or Building Regulations process and provide you with the fee for our services, depending on the work involved.
 

Survey of the property/building

 
To enable us to prepare useful and accurate drawings of your proposals we will survey the existing building. This generally involves measuring the internal and external dimensions of the building, taking necessary photos of external elevations and locating any existing drainage runs, boundaries, site restrictions, etc.
 

Initial design sketches

 
Once we have put together the existing details taken from the survey we will produce 'initial design sketches' of our proposals. These will be 'tailor-made' to your requirements and designed to make maximum use of the space available. They are then presented to you for your feedback, comments and approval, giving you full control of the final outcome of the designs. Finalised drawings are only submitted for approval once you are totally satisfied with our proposals.
 
 

Submission of application(s)

 
Statutory local authority consents are the permissions you must obtain in order to carry out the changes you wish to make to your property like single storey extensions, two storey extensions or any other major building alterations. We will complete and submit, on your behalf, the relevant consents for your project, from permitted development applications to planning applications, building regulations applications and other consents such as listed building consents, landlords consent, party wall act notices, etc.
 

Liaison with relevant parties

 
During the application process it may be necessary to contact or to be contacted by various parties involved with the application proposals. This could be the Planning Officer, Building Inspector or even the administration team at the council offices. Whoever it may be, if this is your first experience in dealing with such matters it can be very daunting. Over the years we have gained a good working relationship with many local authorities which enables us to communicate and deal with queries quickly and efficiently.
 

Providing copies of all final drawings and documents

 
All completed and approved drawings and associated documents will be printed and provided to you in paper format, along with your decision notices from the local authority, for your records. This will enable you to obtain quotations from builder's should you not already have one appointed. The drawings will provide the builder with enough information to complete the build from start to finish.
 
 

Aftercare

 
Should you require further information or guidance once you have your final decision notices, or at any stage during your project, we will be happy to help. We understand the importance of any project to our clients and we strive to ensure satisfaction is the end result.

Please get in touch with us for more details. Click on the 'Contact Us' tool bar and choose the option which best suits you.
 

Recommended Builders

 
We understand that appointing a professional to carry out the design stage of your project may be your first port of call and this decision alone may have taken some time. You may now have the task of appointing a reputable builder to complete the building work. We can provide you with the contact details of trusted and professional builders whom we have worked with on many successful projects. These builders will be local to you and will be able to provide you with a full quotation for the project, a portfolio of past jobs and also references and testimonials from previous clients.
 
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