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For many of us, our homes are the most important buildings in our lives. We spend a large proportion of our time in them and they can have a huge effect on how we live.

We often take for granted that we can rely on our homes to provide us with shelter, safety and security. Beyond this basic function they set the stage for much of our daily activity, special occasions and future memories, and reflect much about who we are.

Your home is a significant financial and emotional investment, so it is understandable to want to shape it to your personal needs, tastes and aspirations. Taking this beyond choices of furnishing and decoration, to fundamentally change the built form of your home, can be a daunting prospect without professional guidance.

If you have the opportunity to be able to build an entirely unique new home, or wish to substantially change or extend your current home, knowing where to start to make the most of the opportunity can be difficult. We can offer you a professional service to help envisage and realise your ideal home.

How We Do This

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Plan of Work provides a broad framework for the design and delivery stages of architectural projects, from initial briefing through design and construction to end use. Using this as a basis, we establish your individual requirements and propose a bespoke service which covers only those Work Stages you require.

0-1 Strategic Definition, Preparation and Brief

For domestic projects these stages are often covered in the architect’s appointment; the need for a building is defined, the site has been chosen, and you will have ideas about what you would like to achieve. By the end of this stage we will have tailored a brief to meet your individual needs.

2 Concept Design

We will begin to develop the concepts and ideas that will influence the resulting building; looking at how needs can be addressed, constraints dealt with and opportunities maximised, and as a result how spaces could be arranged and what form this might take.

Design is an iterative process and it is normal for things to evolve in a number of steps as ideas are tested and reviewed. By the end of this stage the form and arrangement of the proposed building will be taking shape so this is the time to make sure the proposed arrangement suits your needs.

3 Detailed Design

During detailed design, the concept design from Stage 2 is refined and further developed to a level of detail that defines what it will look like and how it will sit in its context. By the end of this stage the design can be submitted to the local planning authority for planning approval and any other planning consents, such as listed building consent, that may be required.

4 Technical Design

At this point the design and appearance of the building is defined and planning permission has been received. The technical design stage is concerned with developing the detailed documentation necessary to be able to construct the building, including demonstrating Building Regulations compliance and giving the level of detail a contractor will need to be able to accurately price the project. By the end of this stage we will have made a Building Regulations application for you. You might also want fully detailed plans and specifications, and our services in running a formal tender process for you, depending on how you plan to procure the construction work.

5 Construction

Some clients relish the prospect of being hands-on in the build, either physically on site or in directly arranging the various trades. Others prefer to have the reassurance of a formal building contract administered by a professional team. We can discuss these with you to enable you to make the best choice for your project, and tailor our service to suit you. By the end of this stage your building will be fully realised.

6 Handover and Close Out

This normally involves the administrative aspects of concluding a construction contract, ensuring information on all the building systems is gathered together and inducting you in their use.

7 In Use

Very few domestic projects require ‘in use’ services, but some interesting possibilities now exist for monitoring a building’s performance measuring energy use, internal climate etc. which may be particularly relevant where an exceptionally high standard of construction has been designed. Again, we can discuss this with you to determine if this is something you require.

Project Services

 The earliest decisions are often the most fundamental and can have the biggest impact on the future direction of a project, so the earlier we are involved the greater the opportunity we have to add value to the final result.

Each phase in the design process builds on the previous to increase the level of detail that is resolved and bring the project closer to realisation.

We can assist with:
Feasibility studies and site appraisals
Design development
Planning applications
Listed building applications
Building Regulations submissions
Construction information and tender documentation
Contract administration

BIM

‘Building Information Modelling’ is an advanced form of computer aided design that is changing the way the construction industry works, facilitating the exchange of digital building information and improving collaboration between design teams and consultants to deliver higher quality and better value.

BIM brings a range of benefits during the design and construction of buildings and is used by DJD Architects on all our projects. However, for our domestic clients the most tangible benefit is the visualisation of their building, in 3D as well as 2D, allowing better early integration in the design process.

Fees

Typically the first step is for us to meet with you to discuss your project, your requirements and view your site so that we have as clear an understanding of the project as possible to allow us to prepare a quotation which would be broken down against the RIBA stages of work so that you can see what you will be paying and at what stage.

 

 


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