We Listen, we Understand and THEN we Design
Extending your home, dealing with the local authority and builders can be a daunting experience. We see our role as taking the stress out of the process and making the whole experience exciting and enjoyable.
The process passes through well-defined stages and you will be involved most of the time. Initially, we will sit down with you and your family to help develop your brief. We will listen to your ideas and suggest other approaches for you to consider.
If you do not have a current set of suitable drawings of your house we will need to prepare a measured survey. This should not take more than three or four hours on-site and does not cause any disturbance.
We will then prepare sketch designs, either freehand or on a computer. These schemes will include new ideas whilst incorporating your brief, show how the plans, sections, elevations and site integrate.
We will meet you several times using these sketches as a basis for discussions and develop the concept to a final design. When the scheme meets your expectations we will prepare drawings and submit for planning approval.
Extension Planning Permission
Each Local Planning Authority may require additional information. These include but are not limited to Design and Access Statements, Sustainability Statements, Energy Statements, Sustainable Drainage Systems, Tree Surveys, Arboricultural reports, Landscape Schemes, Heritage Statements, Listed Building Appraisals, Protected Species Surveys, Ecological Surveys, Flood Risk Assessments, Planning Obligation heads of agreements, Affordable Housing Statement and Community Infrastructure Levy Assessments. We will be able to advise you on whether any of these are required.
Planning approval will usually come with conditions attached. Some of these will need to be discharged before work commences. We will guide you through this process
When the approval is received we start the technical drawings. The initial information, which may require the employment of a structural engineer, incorporates the structural elements as required by your local authority. When all the thermal, safety, access etc details are collated we submit a package of information for Building Regulation approval.
The second phase of the technical information involves the selection of finishes, sanitary fittings, the disposition of electrical outlets, radiators etc. We offer guidance, can prepare 'mood and material boards' and generally help during this activity.
We then send the complete set of data about your project to contractors for a competitive price which has to be returned on a specific date. We check the quotations and advise our clients of the best option.
With your approval, we prepare a tried and tested building contract which you and the contractor's sign. As well as the Contract Sum, the document sets out start and finishing dates, insurance liabilities, timing of payments etc. Our role now is to manage the Contract (we are not acting as Project managers), making sure that the contractor observes the terms, uses the correct materials, achieves a high standard of workmanship and meets the programme.
We hold regular site quality meetings, to which you are invited, and check monthly valuations prepared by the contractor. When satisfied with the value, we issue a Certificate, deducting a percentage (which forms a retention fund) and it is presented to you for payment.
On completion, we prepare a snagging list and after the contractor returns and remedies any latent defects three months later, agree on the final account and certify the release of the retention fund.
Then it's up to you and your family to enjoy your investment in your improved home!
Local Residential Extensions In Buckinghamshire
For local architects to complete residential extensions in Buckinghamshire and throughout Chesham, Amersham and High Wycombe, contact Maurice Pillips Partnership today. Call 01494 793 777
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Below you can view some of our previous residential extensions in Buckinghamshire.