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Time to Plan Ahead!

Updated: Jan 17

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 the process 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 a member of our team visiting your home 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 of your space.


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 them for planning approval if needed.


Planning Application (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 (up to 4 weeks)


Many extension projects require a Party Wall Agreement and these can only be prepared once the structural design and Building Regulation drawings are completed.



Contact Us to Get Started


If you are thinking of extending your home in spring 2020, now is the time to get started with the design process! Contact us for an initial discussion today.

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