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Stage 1

Initial meeting and briefing

During this initial stage we meet with you, visit the property or site and assist in formulating a brief for the project. A well thought through agreed brief is very important in order to define the project objectives, budget and timescales.

We will provide clear advice on who else will be required for the project team, if any surveys need to be commissioned, as well as discuss and agree the project’s constraints and opportunities.

Stage 2

Concept design

We provide clear, well presented early design concepts using a variety of tools, such as hand sketching, 2D CAD and 3D computer or physical modelling. These images form the basis of discussion with you to sign off the design to proceed to Stage 3.

Stage 3

Planning design and coordination

During Stage 3 we take on board comments from the concept stage and refine the design in order to prepare and submit a planning application (if required). It is also important to start the design coordination process now, so we advise on who may be required and can introduce you to our network of trusted consultants, such as structural engineers, party wall surveyors etc.

Stage 4

Technical design / Tender

During this stage we prepare and coordinate the technical design information that will be required for building regulations approval and to hand over to the building contractor for them to build out your dream. We can manage a tender process with contractors if required.

Stage 5

Construction

Once you have agreed a price with a preferred contractor, we can either undertake a site monitoring role or manage a contract between you and the contractor, acting as contract administrator. We sometimes have no further involvement during this stage, particularly if the project is relatively straightforward, as they will have sufficient design information from stage 4.

Stage 6

Handover / Completed project

If managing a contract, after final checking, snagging on site and sign off from building control, we issue a practical completion certificate. You are then ready to move into your new home.