For Homeowners

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Your house is probably the most expensive thing you own. We think it’s important when you’re considering having building work carried out to get the right advice from the start to avoid any “Grand Designs” mistakes.

Where do you start?

If you have no idea where to start, talk to friends and family who have had building work carried out. Remember, Architects don’t just draw pretty pictures, they are there to help and they know about the whole process. Don’t be afraid to ask as you’ll be getting professional unbiased advice. Most times it’ll also be free if you just need a chat.

Practical help

Here are a few simple points to consider:

Think about what you might want to achieve and why. Are you looking to make more space, make money or both. Look around for ideas in magazines, on the internet and in your town/village You can look though our portfolio of projects.
You’ll most likely need an Architect, but could also need a Structural Engineer, Civil Engineer along with other professional advisers. Start with a good Architect and they’ll be able to advise you.
How much do you want to spend? Speak with friends and family who may have had work carried out and find out how much it cost. As well as the cost of paying the builder you will have professional fees (Architect etc), application fees (Planning application if applicable, Building Regulation application fee etc) and the build cost. Don’t forget VAT!
These things take time. Properly carried out the whole process from appointing an Architect to getting the keys to your finished project can take months, if not years.

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Useful Information

You might find these links useful:

The national Planning Portal – loads of information relating to planning applications. Click here
Find out if your house is at risk of flooding. Click here
A group of housing developers, building professionals and other industry supporters whose aim is to transform the UK housing sector to ensure it creates and maintains Good Homes for all. Click here
A non-profit organisation funded mostly by the British Government in order to help fight climate change by promoting the sustainable use of energy, energy conservation and to cut carbon dioxide emissions in the United Kingdom. Click here

Can we help with your project?

We’re here to provide friendly, impartial, professional advice. Calling us could be the best thing you’ve ever done?

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