Category Archive: FAQs

“I need building plans, but do I need a professional?”


If you are thinking of a new building project or altering or extending existing, then, most likely you will need building plans. However, the question you may be considering is, should I use an architect, or architectural services, or…..surely my builder will know someone who draws plans? You may wish to approach your friendly local …

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“Is my architect qualified?”


Be aware that terms such as “Architectural services”, “Architectural Consultant” and “Architectural Designer” do not necessarily mean that someone is a registered professional. Misuse of the title architect, is widespread, which is simply misleading to an unwary client. Whilst anyone can offer architectural services, only someone who has been registered with the Architect’s Registration Board (ARB) …

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“Aren’t architect’s fees expensive for small jobs?”


No – this is a bit of an urban myth, put about by non-professionals and some builders! Anybody offering similar services will have to cover the same ground and procedures, but often with less skill, experience and training than an architect. However, it is important that if you are getting quotes, you obtain them from …

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“Do I need Planning Permission?”


The answer will depend on a number of factors: The type of house you live in (regulations vary depending on whether the house is detached or attached). If the property has been previously altered or extended (you may need permission). If Permitted Development Rights have been removed (meaning that certain works that would otherwise have …

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“Is Full Plans Approval under the Building Regulations necessary, or can I use a Building Notice?”


Full Plans or Buildlng Notice? – this is  dependant upon the level of information you need to construct the work at the outset – but you will need to provide all the information to the Local Authority eventually. The application fee is likely to be the same for either but the full amount is paid …

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“How do I find the right builder for my project?”


Your building project is a significant investment and as such, there are a number of areas you may need to consider in choosing your builder to ensure that you get value for money and a quality end result that will endure, be finished on time, defect free, within the contracted budget and without any unforeseen …

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