FAQs

We have compiled some of the questions we are asked the most, use the search icon to find an answer to your query. If you can't find the answers you are looking for, then feel free to contact us.

What does an Architect do?


A question which we find people are generally afraid to ask us! It seems common knowledge that Architects design and draw buildings but it isn't obvious what this entails. Architects are traditionally the lead consultant on projects, so as well as producing the sketches and drawings required, they act as the main point of contact for the client and managing the consultants (structural engineer, landscape designer etc), the builder and the contract when the building reaches construction. It is worth pointing out that an Architect will not undertake structural design, we would require the help of an engineer for this but we can help with their appointment and we would incorporate any information they provide us into our drawing packages.




How do you calculate your fee?


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How much is an initial consultation?


We do not charge for a first consultation, this is usually a short meeting where we can discuss the project brief and also allow for you to ask any questions we may have.




What is involved in the design process?





What happens during the planning and construction phases of a project?


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What other consultants/professionals will I need for my project?


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Do I need an Architect for my project?


It is common now for builders to request formal drawings and details before providing a price for a project and certainly before starting the building work. The local council will also require drawings for any required planning applications or building regulation approval. To use the title Architect, that person has had to complete five years of University education and a minimum of two years documented work experience, so they are well qualified in design and the building process. It is always worthwhile having a knowledgable person on board to assist with the documents and applications you will require.




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Do you work with Interior Designers?


We are happy to work with an Interior Designer should you choose to have one for your project.




What type of surveys will you carry out?





Do you work on Listed Buildings?





Can you manage the project from start to finish?





What is the difference between planning permission and building regulation approvals?





How long does it usually take to get planning permission?





Do I need planning permission?





What is a Lawful Development Certificate?





What is a conservation area?





Can you guarantee I will get planning permission?





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What are the ARB and RIBA?


The ARB (Architects Registration Board) is a statutory body set up by parliament to oversee the registered of qualified Architects. It is more likely you will have come across the RIBA (Royal Insitute of British Architects) who are a voluntary organisation of Architects in the UK and abroad. In short, to legally use the title, your Architect must be registered with the ARB. You can search the register here: www.architects-register.org.uk




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