Exterior Architecture and Design
Whether its Designing a new build or Making more of your existing property the talented team at R. Hughes Designs is here to help. Our Exterior Architecture and Design service specialises in home development, such as new builds, house extensions, loft conversions, garage conversions and re-modelling internal spaces.
We pride ourselves on providing the best service to all clients, maintaining great relationships and delivering high quality, innovative, architectural design solutions, which don’t compromise the integrity of your property and its relationship with the immediate environment. We will listen closely to what you want and use our imagination and expertise to create plans that bring your vision to life.
How we work
It starts with a free consultation We will come and meet with you to discuss what you want to do to make your house your dream home, at a time that suits you including evenings and weekend. Following our first meeting, we will supply a detailed fixed written quotation for your approval.
Following acceptance of our written quotation, we will undertake a full measured survey of the property. This will ensure all of the drawings are as accurate as possible.
Here’s where the fun begins a detailed set of plans and elevations of your existing property will be produced to aid us in the designs of your new project we will gather as much information and inspiration as possible during this consultation and discuss any ideas that may enhance your development, so that together we can produce the perfect design solution.
Once the design for your development is agreed, we would make a formal planning application on your behalf and act as your agent. All paperwork and correspondence would be conducted through our office until the application is granted. Different planning authorities have different time scales, but generally it takes a minimum of three months.
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Building Regulation Drawings
Once past the planning stage you will need to obtain Building Control Approval, often referred to as ‘building regs’. This is a full specification including cross sections, construction detail in the plans and structural calculations. This enables builders to give a fixed cost for the building work, not estimates of the cost. This also ensures full compliance with the current building regulations and cover areas such as:
- Structural Stability
- Fire Protection
- Conservation of energy
- Ventilation and drainage
- Protection from falling
We can recommend a building engineer, one of our trusted partners, who will survey your property and do the required structural calculations. We also can submit the necessary information on your behalf.
Building Control can be carried out by the Local Authority or an independent approved inspector. We have an excellent relationship with the local authorities, who have a dedicated building control department. We can also offer an associate independent approved inspector, who we would liaise with on your behalf.
The building plans will enable you to get building quotes with the knowledge that the finished project will be fully compliant. We can issue drawings to builders of your choice and also to builders we use if requested.