Undertaking a building project shouldn't be stressful or daunting providing you have to right team of consultants and builders giving helpful advice. 

North architects can do as much, or as little, as you need to get your project up and running. 

The stages of a building project usually follow a series of stages. We are happy to undertake all of the stages of work from initial discussions to when you move in and have a cup of tea. If you just want us to come up with a design, we can do that too! 

The beginning

If you think you want an extension, refurbishment or even a new house, but aren't sure where to begin, we are more than happy to come and have an initial chat and discuss the options with you. This is free and there’s no obligation to carry on. Give us a call and we’ll bring the biscuits. 

Sketch Ideas

We will provide a survey of your existing house and then provide you with some sketch ideas for you to consider. We will let you know if you need any permissions and let you know how to obtain them

The Design

Once we've agreed a sketch scheme, we will work with you to move forward with the final design and provide you with drawings of the home you've always wanted. If we need some help from someone else at this point (a structural engineer for example), we can get this arranged for you. We will make a submission to the local planning authority on your behalf at this point. 

Building Regulations

All buildings need Building Control Approval and this shouldn't be confused with planning permission. We can provide all the information needed for a building regulations application, fill in the form and let you know how much they charge. The Building Control Officer will come and visit the site once the builder has started work, and throughout the construction. 

The Details

We will provide your chosen builder with enough drawings, schedules and specifications for them to give you an accurate final cost for the construction of your project. This is where you decide on the internal finishes, fixtures and fittings, and all of this is passed to the builder for pricing. If the price comes as a bit of a shock, we can sit down with the builder and decide how to bring it in under budget. 

Construction

We can advise on the form of construction contract and will manage the construction on site. We will provide the builder with any additional information they need in order to complete the building. We will visit the site, inspect and certify the work has been done properly.

We will give you a fixed fee for each of these stages so you’re always in control of the costs. As long as your brief doesn't change, then the fee won’t change either. We can be appointed for as many stages as you want, and progress at a pace that suits you, putting you firmly in control