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Site Survey: Before design begins, a survey of the site and all current structures will be necessary. All surveying equipment charges are included in the price plan. Surveying will normally take between 1 to 4 hours, size dependent, at which time access to all current structures and site area will be needed. The product of the survey will be the creation of a set of 'As Existing' drawings.
Feasibility Drawings: The design of your house or extension will begin immediately after the initial consultation or site survey. During a design meeting we will seek to understand what you are looking to achieve with the property. We will produce a number of alternative design ideas if required for you to choose a final design. Of course if you have personal design ideas we will be able to incorporate these. We can also provide 3D modelling of the design ideas to allow enhanced visualisation at additional cost.
Planning Drawings: Once the design has been confirmed with the client a set of planning drawings will be produced. Pre-planning advice from your Local Council Planning Department may be required and this will highlight any changes necessary to gain planning permission. If necessary, amendments will be made and then a full planning application will be submitted. It may take up to eight weeks for a decision to be made by your Local Authority after the application has been registered.
Building Regulations Drawings: The Building Regulations application is separate from planning and is required to ensure the proposed building will comply with all current building regulations. These drawings will be produced to comply with current Building Regulations, although we may recommend that you aim for a higher standard in some areas. These are the drawings that a builder can price from and ultimately use to construct the building. At this stage a Structural Engineer may be required if any elements of the works require structural calculations. We can recommend a suitable Structural Engineer who you can appoint directly if required. Please note the Structural Engineers fees are not included within our package. You can be assured that the building drawings will then be covered by the indemnity insurance of both the Structural Engineer and Loxton Design Ltd.
Support and guidance throughout the process: As you can see above the process can be quite complicated and confusing but don't worry: we will liaise with the appropriate department within the Local Council on your behalf and keep you updated on the progress of the applications. We will also be on hand should you have any questions from day one until the build is complete.
Additional fees not included within the packages: Planning and building Regulations fees are not included within our packages and these are payable direct to the Local Authority. Some Local Authorities require specialist reports to accompany the planning application and again these are not included within our packages. We can advice you on all the additional fees that are likely to occur during the initial consultation meeting and obtain quotes for specialist reports if required.
Please note project management services are not included within our packages. However, such services are available to our clients if required.