Time to Plan Ahead!
Spring is a great time of year to extend your home - once the chaos of Christmas is over and hopefully the project can be finished in time so that you can enjoy your new space over the summer.
However, many of our clients don't understand how long things can take before you can actually start building.
Your project can take a few months between starting the design process and starting work on site, this time is made up of the following:
Initial design stage (2-4 weeks):
Our initial design stage starts with us coming to measure your house and discuss your brief. After we have drawn your existing plans in our CAD system, we get to work on your proposed scheme, usually preparing a few options to show you the possibilities. We then come back and present those to you, run through the options and take some feedback. After that meeting we make the revisions until you are happy for us to submit for planning if needed.
Planning Application if needed (6-10 weeks):
Once you are 100% happy with the proposed scheme we submit the plans to the Local Authority for Planning Approval if needed. These plans take up to 2 weeks to become validated and then it takes a further 8 weeks for a decision.
If your extension meets the criteria for permitted development you can of course start sooner. Our architect will advise you.
Building Regulation drawings & structural design (1-2 weeks):
Once you have Planning Permission we can get to work on the Building Regulation drawings and engage the structural engineer.
Party Wall Agreement if required (up to 4 weeks)
Many extension projects require Party Wall Agreement and these can only be prepared once the structural design and Building Regulation drawings are finished.
So if you are thinking of extending in spring 2020, now is the time to get started with the design process!
Why not contact us for an initial discussion today.
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