If possible, the very best place to meet you is on the proposed space. At this point my focus will be on listening to you and looking for opportunities. I will take photos and maybe some measurements. Maybe you have been planning your project for some time? I look forward to hearing your hopes and aspirations.
Not able to meet in person?
No problem! For many projects it is possible to work with you mobile.
A brief outline will be provided along with with will include the the basis of a fee agreement. I write a detailed document outlining the services you require and summarize your project outline. If everything is acceptable, you will then sign and return the document and the design work can begin!
Concerned About Costs?
This stage is where we agree what you would like done and how much it would cost. Any additional costs will always be agreed in writing first so there are no hidden costs and you can plan ahead. The fee proposal/scope of works document you agree to and sign at this stage will be revised and re-issued throughout the project should there be any change to the services and/or cost. This document forms the contract between myself and you as the client.
Your design will most likely require the input of additional consultants. I will try and anticipate which consultants will be required as early in the project as possible to assist with your project planning. It is important to try and work with other specialists at the right time in the project to ensure cost certainty and an efficient design process.
This list highlights a list of potential consultants whose input may be required. You would be unlikely to require appointing all of these consultants as it would depend entirely on the character of the site and the complexity and scale of the project.
Your design will need your input. Do you like the direction it is going, do you have any questions or concerns? My preference is not only to design for you but with you. This is a good time to revisit the brief and fee agreement to check that everything is on track or make any required adjustments.
For this process, an indication of materials and some performance criteria to ensure that the contractor has enough information to supply accurate quotation and that the design is executed in a way that reflects the vision of the scheme. Usually detailed design would be required to a level whereby the information produced is sufficient to satisfy the building control officer to grant building regulations approval.
In many cases it may be more suitable to develop the design down to the finer details. This will depend on the priorities of the project and will be fully detailed in the scope of works/fee proposal.
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