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Building is about having the right team working together and trust.

Once a detailed tender package has been chosen, we can put a tried and tested construction contract with the builder in place. Subject to the project size, we can also manage the administration of the contract. If the build requires a project manager, we will advise at the outset.

When we are on board for this stage, we undertake regular site inspections to ensure the builder is carrying out work as they should be. We factor in unforeseen changes and let you know when to make payments to the builder according to the value of work carried out. This limits your risk. We offer video calls for day-to-day issues which inevitably means we can minimise delays on site. Crucially, we maintain the quality of work, reduce time overruns, and minimise cost increases.

Whether you want to be involved at every stage, or you would prefer a turnkey service, we offer different levels of support to suit you.

With the right contract in place, you’re in control. These agreements can be complex, and you can be left exposed. We give advice on what will work best for your project and put robust contracts in place. This protects your interests, as well as others in the build team.

Managing day-to-day builder queries and ensuring the team follows drawings and statutory requirements can make building projects stressful. We use our expertise to manage queries and ensure drawings are followed. We will challenge when specification is not adhered to, or criteria is not met. We will advise you when to make payments to the builder to ensure you are never over-exposed. We do all of this because building horror stories isn’t our cup of tea.

We want every client to be delighted with their new space, free to celebrate a great build once it’s completed. We strive to achieve high standards in our managed builds and support the transition as you move into your new home. We ensure the builder is not paid in full until at least six months after the works are completed so that any snags are dealt with. In a nutshell, we see things through to the end.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Every project that we undertake is unique, and we understand that this may be the first time that you may have thought you need to use an architect; our FAQs are based on questions that we often get asked, if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

How do you charge for your projects

As each project and therefore everyone’s needs are different, our fees are based on the needs of your project; we provide a flexible pricing structure that gives you a fixed fee for every stage of the project and you have the option to use us as little or as much as you need.

Why should I use an architect, I can get plans drawn cheaply elsewhere?

Our service is more than getting plans drawn, we want to understand the way you and your family live so as to design your home so that it works for you. A key part of our offering is the design exploration stage and we will present a number of ideas as to how various areas may work. Working with us as your architect through the course of your project is likely to save you money in the long run and leave you with a beautiful space that you can be proud of. Our long training and extensive experience since then, seeks to protect you and your home, and we can help with design and the delivery of your project, including managing builders and advising on suitable finishes to suit your budget requirements.

I live in a conservation area - can you get planning for me?

We have extensive experience in working in conservation areas, with a fantastic track record of getting planning first time. We seek to work with the local planning conservation team to design schemes that they can support and approve.

I have a very tight budget but need extra space - can you help?

We are always realistic about what is possible within your budget; this is discussed very early on in the process and we offer innovative solutions to see how you can get the space you need at a price that you can afford.

I have a cost from a builder, but they have said they need technical drawings - do you provide these?

Yes, we can help with technical drawings. That said, if your builder has not reviewed any detailed plans to provide you a cost you will only have a budget price as they cannot price for something without knowing the detail from the outset.

Why should we use your services?

We want to make sure that you get the most out of your project at a price that works for you, in a way that is fun and stress free. We are very experienced at making the most of space and offering tailored solutions to suit, including pushing the boundaries of what is possible at planning.

I'm struggling to get planning, can you help?

Yes, we are always happy to explore why someone may be struggling to get approval for planning, often fresh eye looking at things can offer solutions that the planners will support; we have a number of case studies where we have got planning for customers where their previous design team have struggled.