Often clients who had a muddled feeling around where to start find themselves in a clearer position once we begin to answer more and more of the questions around costs, timescales and the stages of work. For many people it may be the first and even the last time they embark on an extension or renovation project, so getting it right is important. We are dedicated to provide open and honest advise on the viability of a scheme so that the homeowner is aware from the beginning on the financial and time investment required. With our expertise as a planning agent we are able to advise out clients of the constraints their property may have so that the proposal we design has a strong chance of council approval.
Many of our clients are family clients and so we will take on board how their circumstances are today, but also how it may be in say 5 -10 years time as their children grow up. We consider how a play area is required in some properties with young children but as they grow up, this may transition to being a study room or ‘playstation lounge’.
With some homeowners who are seeking open plan living arrangements, this may be a new concept to how they live and therefore we put in place strategies on how to deal with practical aspects such as lack of storage. Inevitably with open plan spaces, there are less walls for furniture and so we sometimes offset this with more intensive storage spaces such as utilities and bigger cloaks areas.
We advise clients to take time to digest the plans, sleep on it and to review drawings together if there is more than one decision maker. We will provide a summary of comments that accompany the plans so that clients can look back on email and review why the design was developed in a particular way. It also keeps a track record of which iterations were explored previously as sometimes taking a step back can be a useful approach to big steps forward.
By producing feasibility drawings early on, we avoid the design being overdeveloped and out of reach of clients budgets and are able to hone in on a viable scheme that is crafted around them for the long term.