Deciding to move ahead with your home extension in 2021 can be as daunting as it is exciting. Until you have consulted with a professional you trust, you may have questions such as ‘How long will it take’, ‘What is the best design to meet our needs’, ‘How much is it going to cost’, ‘Do I need planning permission?’, ‘How can I find trusted contractors’ and even ‘Is there a more cost-efficient way of achieving our goals?’.
If you have decided a home extension could be the right decision for you, House Architects are here to guide you through the process, step by step.
1. The free initial consultation
At this online consultation it’s all about getting to know you, discussing the problems you currently have with your home, your must-haves and the potential solutions we can use to achieve your dream home design. We discuss all the important questions right away, including estimated pricing, timescales, planning permission and the level of service you would like from us. The aim is to arm with you as much knowledge as possible and of course, help you decide if we’re a good fit for working together!
2. The Measured Survey and Design Consultation
In order to begin the design process you need to get a measured survey of your home done. *We are able to conduct measured surveys in a safe way, in-line with the current government covid guidance.* The measured survey takes accurate measurements of your home and outdoor area in order to produce detailed architectural drawings of your existing home. We then produce multiple design options from these drawings, based on the different ideas we discussed in our initial consultation.
Around 3/4 weeks after the survey we will be ready to schedule your Design Consultation. During the online Design Consultation you will get to see and talk through the different design options we have come up with. Usually we talk through around 3-5 options, taking care to detail the costs and budget implications, timescales and any other factors to ensure we have covered every possible avenue for the design. The design consultation is completely interactive so we can amend or even mix and match designs live, during the consultation, to ensure the final design incorporates all the elements you choose.
Once we’ve completed this process, we have a final design you can use to begin getting concrete quotes from builders and contractors. We can support you with finding trusted contractors.
3. Planning and Building Regulations Applications
Once you’ve finalised your chosen design and confirmed the costings and budget with your builder we can draw up the detailed planning and building regulations drawings! These can take a few weeks to process so we always recommend planning plenty of time in advance. We can submit and manage your applications through to their determinations to ensure a stress-free process. Once these are approved you should be ready to engage your builder and break ground on your extension!
The House Architects Way…
We understand no matter how many times you see your new home extension design on paper, nothing quite beats seeing it completed. In 2020 we introduced 3D design visuals and a Virtual Reality Experience to our Standard Service, giving you the option to walk-through your new home extension design and ensure everything is just as you dreamed. Find out more about or VR Service and watch a walkthrough here: https://www.house-architects.co.uk/virtual-reality/
If you’d like to take the first step in the process then book a free consultation here www.house-architects.co.uk/book-a-consultation.