Improving your home is an exciting prospect, whether its creating a little extra space for a utility room, or adding a new 2 story extension to your home to accommodate an expanding family, any successful project starts with good Planning drawings. So what are the options for creating those all important plans?
The creative angle
If you have been watching the BBC’s recent “Your Home Made Perfect”, you will appreciate the value that a good architect brings to a project. In addition to creating good drawings, they will also introduce a new set of eyes. Translating your dreams and ambitions into a realistic, creative and most importantly workable solution that is within your budget. But the importance of good drawings goes way beyond the creative input of a good architect. Even if you don’t want to go to the expense of involving a design specialist, good drawings are still vital.
Back to basics
So you have decided that an architect is not necessary. What are the things to consider when commissioning drawings?
Drawings are needed for planning – If your project exceeds the Permitted Development” threshold, then you will need planning permission. This will require the submission of detailed drawings to the local authority for approval. In these circumstances finding someone who has experience in the planning process, whilst not essential, can be beneficial.
Drawings are needed for Building Regulations – Even if you do not need planning permission as your project is below the Permitted Development” threshold, you will need to ensure that your project meets all the latest building regulations. Starting off with approved drawings will ensure that the finished development will meed all current building regulations. Thus minimising potential delays following the regular visits form building inspectors during the build.
Drawings are needed for costing – Beyond the regulatory necessities of planning and building regulations, good drawings perform a third an no less vital role – They allow a builder to produce a detailed costing for the work.
Without clear and accurate drawings, builders are likely to provide an “Estimate” for the work. This is in effect their “educated guess” as to the cost of the project. As a result, the actual cost of the project is likely to vary, as the build progresses.
On the other hand, accurate drawings including material specifications mean that a builder knows exactly what is expected of them. On this basis, they can provide an accurate quotation for the work. A quotation means that barring unforeseen circumstances, you will have a clear idea of the cost of the project before it starts. Thus reducing the possibility of “nasty surprises” during the build.
It’s worth Paying Professionals
In reality, anyone can produce building drawing. and whilst you don’t need an architect or Surveyor to perform this role, with a significant invesment like a home extension, it is worth starting off on the right foot, and getting the drawings drawn up by a professional. That means they will be a member of a professional body
- Architects – Royal institute of British Architects (RIBA)
- Surveyors – Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Using a professional, whist more expensive in the short term, will almost always save money over the course of the project.
Granada can help
At Granada Home Improvements, we recognise the importance of good drawings in the delivery of a professional build. As a result, we have developed partnerships with Professionals in both Architecture, and Chartered Surveying. Through these partners we can assist you in the production of planning drawings.
If you would like to explore the possibilities, for a limited time, we are offering Free planning drawings when we do your build. Click here to find or more, or you can contact us to discuss how we may be able to help with your project