Residential

Just Getting Started – Pre-planning

Studio Arkell can work with you for part or all of your project. Here you can see the stages of a typical residential project, and decide at which stages you would like our help.

Site Survey

Prior to putting pen to paper its important to have the sites vital statistics, dimensions, floor levels, aspect etc, and this is what a survey will produce.

Initial Design Outline

Armed with your approval of the outline scheme design and costs, more formal drawings are prepared and a Pre Planning Application can be made to give an indication of whether the scheme would be successful at the formal Planning Application stage. Initial Design Outline We will provide basic drawings as outlined by you in our first meeting to ensure we are all on the same wavelength, and make initial contact with planners prior to formal Pre Planning Application. This also allows for preliminary costing and any necessary adjustments to be made accordingly to either the scheme or the overall budget.

Pre Application

Armed with your approval of the outline scheme design and costs, more formal drawings are prepared and a Pre Planning Application can be made to give an indication of whether the scheme would be successful at the formal Planning Application stage.

Site survey graphic
Example of a site survey, map and images

Securing Planning

Studio Arkell can work with you for part or all of your project. Here you can see the stages of a typical residential project, and decide at which stages you would like our help.

Once a design concept and costs are agreed by you, a formal Planning Application can be made. This will most likely take into account any observations raised by the Pre Planning process.

A Planning Application consists of many detailed drawings and background information, as well as the application itself: -

  • Location Maps
  • Site Plans
  • Building Plans
  • Roof Plans
  • Elevation & Section Plans
  • Sketches & Details
  • Planning Application Form
  • Planning Application Payment
  • Any Other Relevant Information

Once this is prepared and agreed by you, it will be submitted to the relevant Local Authority as a formal Planning Application. Whilst the Application is in process we will monitor its progress and keep you updated.

Please note that additional costs would be incurred should you have a change of heart about the agreed design at this late stage, or if the planners require additional detailed drawings outside of the usual application pack.

Planning drawings example, plans of victorian terrace house
Planning drawings example, elevations of victorian terrace house

Technical Drawings & Building Regulations

Once planning consent has been granted you will be given a set of the plans agreed at planning, which will allow you seek quotes for the building work.

However, these drawings should not be confused with the technical drawings, specifying the construction method and material choice, that are required by any builder, on all but the simplest of schemes, for safe and successful completion of the build to Building Regulations.

At this stage we hope you would like to continue to work with Studio Arkell for the completion of these Technical Drawings, or you could appoint another professional such as a Structural Engineer.

With these very detailed drawings in place, equally detailed costings can be drawn up in conjunction with your builder of choice, along with a Plan of Work.

Managing the Build

Studio Arkell is delighted to be able to offer you a turn-key solution, taking you from Planning Consent to Completed Build, with our in-house Project Management.

A very detailed Plan of Work would be drawn up and agreed with you, this would include agreeing upon Schematics for electrics, plumbing, lighting etc, consulting or appointing specialists where required, and would include meeting Building Inspections & Regulations.

Then, using either your builder of choice or our own portfolio of experienced contractors, would be costed, timed and overseen from start to finish by Studio Arkell Project Management.

This service offers peace of mind, removing a great deal of the stress and strain that any building project inevitably brings, by having experienced and reassuring hands at the helm.

Interiors Only

Studio Arkell is very happy to be able to offer in-house Interior Design. This service can be added to any building design we may have drawn up for you, beautifully completing your project, or could be a project entirely on its own.

Quay View interior design project kitchen shot
Quay View interior design project, dining table shot

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