RIBA Chartered Practice

Design Consultations

In addition to providing a basic brief and a fee quotation, we also like to offer an ideas or design consultation. We have come across many people who have regretted work that they have done to their property because they weren’t able to consider the wider picture or didn’t know what was possible. This consultation is intended to provide clients with initial direction without commitment or excessive design fees.

We come to your home, discuss your requirements, how you use your space, and how you would like to use your space. We take some measurements and draw up some indicative sketch options of how you could personalise and optimise your space. These sketches are to scale so we can add your furniture to give you an idea of how you could use the space. We also give you an estimate of the cost and timescale for the work if you would like us to take the project further.

Project Management

The term project manager is often used simply to describe a builder who doesn’t employ his own labour (i.e. who manages subcontractors). However we find that most projects would benefit from project management at the pre construction stages.

We generally act as lead consultants in the pre-construction stages. This means we will provide you with a design, we will re draft and refine that design until you are happy, we will inform you of any other consultants required, we will produce drawings suitable for submission to the Planning Authority, we will liaise with the planners and building control to achieve consents as required, and we will coordinate any other information required from other consultants (we work with a tried and tested team of engineers and party wall surveyors etc).

We then produce the detailed drawings and specifications required to obtain accurate quotes from contractors, and manage the process of obtaining quotes and agreeing a building contract.

During the construction stages we will administer a contract between you and your chosen contractor (or project manager), ensuring to the best of our ability that the project is completed to the level of quality specified, on time and to budget.

 

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