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    Home Owners

    Fluent Architectural Design Services LTD are here to guide you through your planning and design journey.

    This may be your first home extension or perhaps you are already accustomed to the world of house renovations, either way our team of experienced designers and planning consultants will guide you through Fluent‚ simple step by step process taking the stress out of your home extension project.

    Stage One, Your Brief

    • An initial Free consultation at your property will give you the opportunity to discuss your full brief and vision with a company Director and learn more about how we can assist you in your home extension project.
    • A fixed price quotation will be emailed to you within three days of your consultation, each service is clearly outlined ensuring there are no nasty unexpected design fees later in the process. Should you wish to proceed with our services we ask that you complete an acceptance form accessed through a link on the quote and a member of our team will contact you to arrange a survey within 5-10 working days.
    • Once the survey has been completed we will issue an invoice for 50% of the agreed design fee.

    Stage Two, Design and Planning

    • We understand that you want to be enjoying your new beautifully designed home extension as soon as possible and therefore guarantee that first draft plans are released within two weeks of your property survey. Your plans will be sent via email in PDF format unless specified otherwise.
    • Our designers will then work with you to refine your plans free of charge. The most effective way of actioning an alteration request is via email where we aim to return amended plans within 72 hours. We do however understand that it is not always easy to articulate changes in writing and we can therefore offer a phone/conference call or online Webex/screen share which can be arranged within 72 hours, with amended plans to follow.
    • To ensure that you love your new home extension we are happy to offer an on-site drawing review at no extra cost. Following your design review meeting we aim to have your revised plans issued within 72 hours.

    Planning Approval

    • Once you are happy with the final design, we shall issue an invoice for the remaining design and planning balance, this will include any planning fees payable to the Local Authority.
    • Our in-house planning consultant will submit your final plans to the relevant Local Planning Authority and keep you updated throughout the process.
    • You can expect to receive confirmation that your planning application has been registered within two/three weeks of submittal and an outcome reached within eight weeks from this date. These timeframes are set and dependent on the Local Authority.
    • During the planning process our consultant will maintain contact with the assigned planning officer to address any concerns and provide the best possible chance of obtaining permission for your home extension or loft conversion.

    If an outcome of refusal is reached, we will alter the plans based on the planning officer‚ comments and re submit your application at no additional design cost.

    Stage Three, Technical plans

    Once your planning application has been approved you are one step closer to your new home, however, before the build can begin you will need to consider obtaining both building regulation plans and structural calculations and, in some instances a Party Wall agreement.

    Building Regulation plans

    • Our specialist building regulation designers will use the information obtained during the initial measured survey to upgrade your original planning drawings to a full set of building regulation plans.
    • Our building regulation plans include construction methods, consideration of build materials, workmanship requirements, structural matter, fire safety, sound insulation and energy conservation.
    • We are also happy to manage the building regulation approval process on your behalf, whether you decide to enlist the services of a private inspector, obtain a building notice or full plan approval with the Local Authority.

    Structural Engineers Calculations

    We work with a trusted structural engineer who produces calculations for many of our home extension projects. This seamless approach means we liaise with the engineers on your behalf in order to provide a cost-effective solution and with a quick turnaround time.

    If, however you or your chosen build company has a preferred structural engineer we are more than happy to provide the necessary formatted plans.

    Party Wall Notice

    If you reside in a terraced or semidetached house (occasionally detached house) it is likely that you will need to consider the Party Wall Agreement which will need to be in place prior to the start of your build.

    A Party Wall Agreement Notice must be completed by a specialist surveyor and is not therefore included in our quotation, we are however happy to recommend a surveyor from our trusted network.

    Stage Four, The Build

    Selecting a build company is one of the most important and sometimes daunting decisions you will make during the project. Fluent Architectural Design Services LTD are therefore happy to recommend three local build companies from our trusted network. All the builders we recommend have been personally vetted by our company Directors and have undergone various quality checks including project visits and previous client feedback.

    In order to complete a price comparison and select a company you feel comfortable with it is advisable to obtain quotations from three separate builders.

    Once you have selected a suitable company, a build start date will be agreed upon, we advise that your builder reviews all technical plans and the site condition well in advance of this to ensure any specific requirements are addressed.

    Keeping in Touch

    Our team at Fluent Architectural Design Services LTD love seeing our designs come to life and how they have transformed the way our clients live in their homes. We would therefore like to keep up to date with the progress of our clients builds and arrange a site visit once complete.

    Customer feedback is extremely important to us and we are proud to have over 100 reviews on our Check-A-Professional page with a rating of 9.9/10. This is something we strive to maintain, and we therefore appreciate your feedback through one of our review sites Google, Check-A-Professional or Localsurveyorsdirect.co.uk.

    Fluent Architectural Design Services LTD looks forward to working with you

    NB, we strive to adhere to the timeframes outlined above and do so on 95% of occasions

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