Step by step

Stage one: Strategic Definition, Preparation & Brief

It all starts with a conversation about your ideas, budget, timescales and other considerations.

Then we carry out feasibility studies to assess various options with you, weighing up the pros and cons of each.

The conclusion of these studies then becomes the strategic brief. At this point, we identify necessary team members, such as Structural Engineers and Quantity Surveyors.

  • Defining the project

  • Feasibility studies

  • Strategic brief

Stage two: Concept Design

We start bringing ideas to life as 3D models and drawings, meeting fortnightly with you to review the evolving designs.

We develop the construction strategy and provide you with an outline architectural proposal, an outline specification and preliminary costings.

Often we involve planners for pre-application advice to make the planning permission process smoother.

  • Models and drawings

  • Proposals, specifications, and initial costing

  • Initial involvement of planners

Stage three: Developed Design

We build on the design work from the previous stage, coordinating the architecture with structural elements and building services so everything integrates seamlessly.

Use detailed graphics and virtual reality tours, you’ll see how your home will look before work begins.

Finally, we ensure the designs comply with building regulations before submitting your planning application, liaising with the local authority until its determination.

Stage four: Technical Design

Once you’re happy with the design, we move on to producing detailed drawings, specifications and a schedule of works.

This detailed information is used for a competitive tender by 3 to 4 contractors, allowing you to compare them accurately.

We then help identify, vet and shortlist suitable contractors on your behalf, ensuring you get the best value for money.

  • Detailed technical drawings and specifications

  • Identifying the right contractor through a competitive bidding process

Stage five: Construction

Building work begins and the design comes to life. We administer the building contract, regularly visiting the site to make sure the work is the highest standard and in line with our drawings and specifications.

We then liaise with the contractors, monitoring their ongoing progress to make sure you’re only paying for high-quality work delivered on schedule.

  • Building begins

  • Regular site visits monitoring progress and assuring quality

  • Regular review of contractor work and payment

Stage six: Handover & Close Out

Now construction is complete, we make any final inspections, resolve any outstanding issues and provide information to the Quantity Surveyor so they can handle the final accounting.

We also regularly check in with you to make sure you’re happy with your new home.

  • Final inspections

  • Final accounting for the project

  • Check-ins to ensure you’re happy

Read in more detail about the RIBA Work Stages and the architect’s services we offer

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