They say size doesn’t matter; it is what you do with it that counts.
We take phone calls, get emails and manage leads from various websites, and a first comment is quite often about “my project might be too small for you.”
Where do you start when you want to extend your current home, and how do you manage all the stages to budget? It’s a jungle out there with architects; planners; structural engineers; builders and various consultants. Not to mention planning applications to be submitted to your local council.
You might have an idea of what changes you want to your current home. Maybe take down a wall to create a more open space, or extend into your garden and get some bifold doors. You may want to add on an entire floor onto your bungalow.
What does planning state and what would your neighbours think? Who can give useful guidance on where to start a design process?
Talking to an architectural designer you put forward your ideas, and most of the time there is a way to create something incredible. But what if your budget is small, and your thoughts are grand?
Don’t worry. No project is too small or too large for Lewis Visuals. We are here to help, and we will adjust our fees and work to your budget and schedule.
If you want to go on a trip to Australia, you can take a cheaper flight and choose between economy, business or first class. Your seat might not be as comfortable in economy class, but you are not going to fall from the sky.
Let’s say it is the same with architecture, with a small budget you are not going to get an entire floor but you can get something.
It is a significant investment working with drawings and 3D models today, but we have tools and five technicians on hand working as a team with the different stages of a project.
If you go to an independent architect working from home, and there are delays, let’s say, from planning, your architect might be busy for the next three weeks with a different project. As we are a team, we can manage one project over more than one person, and this way keep to your timeline.
With a small budget, you might decide on a simple 2D drawing. If your budget is for a large new-build, you might want a 3D model with a complete walk through to see in virtual reality what your new home will look like before submitting to planning.
Developers who need construction drawings up to 100+ units, well there’s a whole other decision to make.
Don’t be afraid to ask your architect on what budget they start their works. If you have, let’s say, a total £20,000 budget for design, planning application, structural engineer, build and so on – you are not going to get too many design meetings or changes of design with the architect, simply because it is a trade charging by the hour.
If your budget is smaller try to prepare as much as you can yourself, with pictures, plans, a detailed description of what you want to be done and then stick to your plan. Any changes you make with the design will quickly take out funds you can use during building. Keep it simple, and you will succeed.
If you have a, let’s call it medium size budget, you have more room for design changes, meetings and so on.
We have all been there, calling up for a consultation and been told: “Sorry, I’m not interested, your budget is too small”. Here at Lewis Visuals we try to make more room for different size projects and would like to welcome as many types of homeowners and developers as possible.
Wishing you a fabulous month of March ahead – spring flowers are starting to show here and there. Now might be the right time for you to take that step into a room with a new view?
Here’s a handy build cost calculator
Our fees are presented to you in stages.
Stage 1 is your first-hour consultation. Our fees, construction costs and sketches are all provided in our one-hour consultation, and you don’t pay a penny for the first hour.
Stage 2 includes a survey of your existing home and drawing this up.
Stage 3 includes two design proposals – this could also be one simple design if your budget is smaller.
Stage 4 includes amalgamating or finalising your designs/design from Stage 3 and submission to planning.
Stage 5 is building control – construction drawings.
We also offer a further three stages of pre-construction (Tender); Construction Contract and Post-Construction (Snagging).
You can start and stop your project (all set out in a more detailed service plan explained) at any time and to your budget timeline.