the design process for a home renovation

If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you are doing”
— W. Edwards Deming

In order to arrive at a successful design that both meets with our Client's aspirations for their home and provides the necessary information to deliver the construction, it is necessary to undertake the following process:

1. Site Survey  

To be able to understand the potential of your home for refurbishment, it is necessary to undertake an investigative survey of the building. This information is then annotated onto a CAD drawing to offer a 3-dimensional picture of the structure.

2. Feasibility Study

This investigative study takes account of the limiting constraints of, existing structure, natural light, planning guidelines, fire compliance, access/egress, neighbouring properties, conservation, logistics and not least of all our Client’s brief.  With the benefit of this study we can identify the potential for accommodation and if required the route for securing the consents .

3. Concept Design

We then move forward to work up proposed floor plans and elevations based upon client preferences and if required taking account of the responses from the Local Authority and Structural Engineer.

4. Planning Application (if required)

We compile planning applications. Read more about the planning application process.

5. Developed Design

 Once we have secured your approval of the concept design, this next stage adds additional layers of information to the project and fine tunes the layouts that you have approved.  We produce general arrangement drawings and integrate the structural engineer’s design.  We also coordinate designs by suppliers and 3rd party specialists.

 6. Technical Design

At this stage we will provide drawings, final construction details, schedules and specifications. These drawings will include electrical and plumbing plans and will be used for a building control application and in due course will be installed by our construction team.

We will also integrate the structural engineer's design and co-ordinate designs by  third party specialists, e.g., drainage engineers. 

Design & Build. Simple.