Making your dream home a reality can be a costly process and understandably many people try to
keep their costs as low as possible; and stick to a budget – whether this is £5,000 or £500,000. The
first step in this process is to arrive at a scheme that gives you what you want, but of course it also has to be possible structurally; so, you can then make the decision whether to go ahead with your
Therefore, the first point of call is making contact with either an architectural practice or alternatively, a drawings company that offer a fixed low-cost package. Whilst many people think that by choosing the low-cost package drawings firm, they are saving money this is often not the case; so, we wanted to show you why this is not always the cheapest option and the pitfalls to look out for when choosing a company to design your house alterations.
As an experienced architectural practice, once a potential client makes contact with us, we would always start with a Feasibility Scheme which is a fixed fee service and involves visiting your home at a time that suits you, to listen to your requirements. This visit normally takes about two and a half to three and a half hours.
Following the visit and survey we will produce a number of schemes for you to consider and will work with you until you are happy that you have the best possible scheme that works for you, whilst still having the best chance of getting it approved. Once you have a chance to evaluate our schemes and give us your thoughts, we can then further explore a particular idea and alter it as necessary.
The second stage is the Scheme Acceptance which is where we proceed with your chosen scheme followed by putting in a Planning Application to the Planning Authority, preparing the Building Regulations Application and then Project Managing your scheme to completion.
Whilst this may sound fairly simple and you would think that any company could offer this service; it is rarely an easy transition and there are always queries and issues that pop up along the way. This is where an experienced architectural practice has the advantage over a fixed fee drawings company; as they know every detail of your agreed scheme and can tweak it and liaise with the different bodies along the way from planning through to building control/regulations. We have close relationships spanning over 30 years with the local planning authorities and know what is likely to be approved and where you may run into problems; therefore, saving you time and money in the long run.
Over the years, Building Tectonics has had many clients come to us after choosing the cheaper option and then later regretting it. They have found that the company in question just didn’t have the knowledge or expertise when they ran into problems or they simply didn’t like their design concepts, so they therefore, ended up coming to us to try to sort it out. We are always happy to take a client on at any stage but it can sometimes take a while to rectify what has been undertaken already by the previous company.
Many of these package drawings companies may also say that they include all fees; but often further down the line you will find areas crop up that are not included or they do not include you making any design changes at a later date. Whilst they can do the basic drawings they won’t think outside the box and give you alternative options that you may not have considered and find a solution that really suits you, your family and your lifestyle. These services tend to focus on speedy transactions and quick turnover as this is how they keep their costs so low, but they don’t offer the personal architect/client relationship that architectural practices have where we aim to find the best solution for our clients whatever it takes.
Building Tectonics will design and develop your ideas and work with you to guide you through the whole process step by step. We always go the extra mile to find a scheme that gives our clients the best possible fit with what they desire; as not all clients know exactly what they want and during the exchange of ideas and two or three different schemes, the brief can often get altered several times until the perfect solution is reached.
If you would like to know more about the services we offer and how to take the first step towards achieving your dream home; please do give Building Tectonics a call on 01908 366000 to see how we can help.