Value for money
We are professional problem-solvers.Our experience and insight can help stretch what can be achieved within your budget and add value to your project. We will suggest new ways of utilizing space and light, enrich the palette of materials, finishes or fittings,find a builder at the right price and propose design solutions that will reduce your overall running costs whilst maximizing the energy efficiency of your home. At a fraction of the cost of your project, our fees will prove a sound investment.
Our design can lift your project out of the ordinary and help you achieve your aspirations and vision. We are trained designers who will explore your needs and desires and find inventive and practical ways of enhancing your living environment.
Consulting a designer at the earliest stage will allow us to get a real feel for your needs so that together we can establish a clear brief and a realistic budget. This will help reduce the overall design costs and help ensure the project comes in on time and on budget whilst identifying and reducing any potential problems early on.
A brief is your wish-list and/or picture scrapbook, it will cover everything we need to know about what you want from your project. A well-written design brief is essential to success. It should be clear and unambiguous setting out key requirements, outlining the vision and communicating your aims and aspirations. The brief should describe the main function of the finished project, outline motivation and expectation; design direction;establish a single point of contact and set a realistic time frame and budget.
One of our most important skills and roles is helping you to formulate the brief. We can point out what is possible in terms of cost and design, asking you questions and making suggestions. As a designer, we can be well placed to help you identify the best and worst spatial characteristics of your home and to offer ideas that will enhance your living space.
Your contribution at this stage is vital and will involve a number of discussions which is essential for the success of a project. The brief will form the basis of the professional contract your sign with our firm.
In the Schematic Design phase we will work with you to develop designs that will interpret your ideas imaginatively, maximize your investment and ensure your project is cost effective. We will come up with a range of ideas for you to discuss, develop and refine together.
Final Design Development will convert these concepts into drawings and models which will help you visualize the building when construction is complete. Site placement and sun studies will be explained, landscaping will be explored and relationships of space, light and materials will be finalized and approved by you.
Once we have completed the design to your requirements and within your budget in the design phases, our firm will set about producing the documents used for approvals for permits,pricing by contractors, and construction and contracts for payment. Depending on the scope of your project this can be task of varying degrees from a few pages of details and notes to hundred's of documents. During this phase we produce detailed drawings showing how things go together and what materials are required to ensure you get a durable, good quality home and to make clear to builders what is expected.
The Approvals Process
We can help with the approvals required before your project can go ahead, including preparation of applications to the local authority for building permits, sewage, setting out surveys and other required approvals.
Guiding you through the construction phase we can help you select suitable builders, obtain appropriate prices for construction, monitor progress and standards, liase with other specialists and oversee the construction through to successful completion.