Residential Architecture

3D Images & Visualisations

3D visualisations are an excellent means of exploring design options and enable you to see your new space come to life. If you are interested in finding out more about this additional service, please mention this at your initial meeting or call the office for a chat.

How we can help

STAGE 0

Initial Meeting

Get in touch to arrange a meeting at your home to discuss your requirements and to develop a strategic brief for the project. Our first visit is a free, no obligation consultation, during which we will discuss the design brief, provide some project ideas and advise upon the scope of work and services required. Following our meeting we will provide a quotation tailored to suit your requirements.

STAGE 1

Survey & Existing Drawings

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The next stage of the project will be to provide a measured building survey and to document the existing condition of the property. There is also further opportunity for us to discuss project ideas whilst we are on site and to refine the project brief.

STAGE 2

Concept & Design Development

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We help to bring your ideas to life by presenting a range of design ideas based on your project brief. We will work with you to produce a refined design proposal and will enable you to achieve the best possible design for your project. We provide recommendations and advice based on our professional expertise and knowledge of the planning and construction process.

STAGE 3

Submission of Planning Application

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We have a very strong and successful record for obtaining planning permission. We will submit your planning application and liaise with the local council on your behalf. It can take several weeks for the planning department to approve a planning application. During this time we recommend that you appoint a structural engineer so that the technical design can be progressed. We have excellent working relationships with local engineers and can assist with recommendations. We can also help if you have had planning permission refused as we offer a planning appeal service and have an exemplary track record of successful planning appeals.

STAGE 4

Technical Design

Following planning approval, we will produce technical drawings for building regulations submission and construction. This is the stage where concept designs are developed to provide technical details required for building performance and materials are specified to achieve the finish you want. At completion of this stage we can also manage the tender process to help you to appoint a competent contractor and to achieve a competitive price for the building works.

STAGE 5

Construction

Hickman & Smith Architects offers a contract administration service and provide ongoing support throughout the construction stage. This is an important stage in the process to manage variations and costs. We also report on the site progress and build quality.

STAGE 6

Completion

Upon completion of the building works we conclude the administration of the Building Contract and, importantly, check that construction has been completed to recognised standards.

STAGE 7

In Use

This final stage includes a post-project review and occupation services where we can provide advice on defects rectification, maintenance and facilities management.