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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.

We recognise that different clients have different levels of experience, needs and expectations when it comes to building or extending a home.  Whether you’re an experienced self-builder with a clear vision of what you want and just need help to deal with the regulatory hurdles before rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in, or want someone who can help you define what will work best for you, develop a design that fulfils these requirements and steer the project right the way through to you moving in, then we can provide a bespoke service which covers only those services and Work Stages you require.


0-1 Strategic Definition, Preparation and Brief

We will start this process with our initial meeting, from which we will prepare a set of briefing notes.  If you appoint us we will take this brief, explore options to determine what may be feasible and report to you.

These early ‘sketches’ would look to establish key principles, such as where would be best to build; how to take advantage of connections to the garden or great views; protect from road noise; connect to existing spaces or better arrange existing space.  The purpose is to try and establish in a sketch the opportunities and constraints relevant to your project so that we can discuss these together, refine your brief and decide what to take forward.  

This feasibility sketch may also be used to seek initial pre-application advice from the Local Planning Authority and might also be used to obtain an initial estimate of the construction cost from a quantity surveyor.

Our feasibility report will provide advice on likely planning restrictions, identify additional surveys or information needed, whether any other consultants may be needed on the project and provide clear options for taking the project forward.


2 Concept Design

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

It may also also appropriate at this stage to seek further pre-application advice from the Local Planning Authority.

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 general 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. This includes co-ordinating the work of other consultants (where appointed) into the design, for example the input of structural engineer or landscape architect.  

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 has been defined and planning permission, where required, has been received. The technical design stage is concerned with developing the detailed documentation necessary to be able to demonstrate Building Regulations compliance and ultimately construct the building.

By the end of this stage you will have the information to make a Building Regulations application, either yourself or through us. 

You might also want more detailed plans and specifications than are required simply for Building Control purposes to help to ensure the builder is clear about what you want and can provide an accurate price.  These could include electrical layouts (indicating where sockets, lights, etc are to be located), construction details (of key junctions and specialist works or fittings), written specifications (setting out workmanship standards and more detail on the products and materials to be used), schedules of work (itemising the work to be carried out so that you can more easily compare prices from different builders) and schedules (itemising bathroom fittings, ironmongery, etc).

You may also want us to run a formal tender process for you, seeking prices from a number of builders and then setting up and administering a contract between you and the builder.


5 Construction

Some clients relish the prospect of being hands-on in the build, either  physically on site or directly arranging the various trades. 

Others prefer to have the process managed by a main contractor with the reassurance of a formal building contract administered by a professional team. In this case, we can carry out regular inspections of the work on site, deal with queries which might arise, formally instruct any additional work required, monitor progress, keep track of cost, value the works that have been completed and certify payments due to the builder.

We can discuss these services 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

If you have opted for us to administer a building contract and inspect the works for you, when the project is ready to handover we will make a final inspection of the works to certify that it has reached ‘Practical Completion’.

Under a building contract there is then normally a Rectification Period (normally 6 or 12 months) during which time we will be available to help deal with any defects that come to light, arranging for the builder to put these right.  At the end of the Defects Period, we will certify that the defects have been resolved and certify the final payment to the builder.


7 In Use

Very few domestic projects require ‘in use’ services, but some interesting possibilities now exist for monitoring a building’s performance measuring things such as 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


‘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.


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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