Our architectural design services
We apply our broad experience in architectural design, drawing and planning, to residential properties of any type, style or complexity across Cambridge, Colchester, Essex and the South East. Whether you wish to build a new home or extend your existing property, we can help to ensure the work is done efficiently, quickly, and within budget. Our architectural design services in our Colchester and Cambridge offices include; design advice; CAD drawings; 2D and 3D visualisations; garage conversions; loft refurbishments; home extensions; alterations to existing structures; historic and listed buildings; structural design; specifications/bills of quantities; contract administration and supervision.
The design brief and sketch scheme
When you first contact our team, we will ask you to provide us with your design brief indicating what you would like to achieve and your budget. We will be happy to assist, and will start with creating a thorough study of your project's needs. A key event in our design process is to obtain your approval of a sketch scheme which consists of a set of easily-understandable sketch drawings; an explanation of the drawings and their relationship to 'the design brief'; a description of materials and methods of construction; a description of services; details of site work; a required note of the consent; and an approximate estimate of cost including professional fees.
Cost Planning and Control
We recognise that the financial aspects of building and cost control must be regarded as fundamental parts of the architectural design process. As the drawings are developed and decisions are made, we will keep you constantly advised of the implications of any amendments on the cost of the project as a whole.
A building consists of many elements; the structural frame; the walls; the partitions; the roof; the heating; lighting; plumbing, and so on. The sequence in which drawings are prepared, and their accuracy, is of crucial importance to the success of any project.
Planning & Building Regulation Application
In most circumstances, an application for planning permission must be made to the local authority prior to work starting. Our team have a comprehensive understanding of the Planning Application and Building Regulation approval processes for City Councils in Cambridge, Colchester and across Southern England relieves you from the burden of dealing with these.