(Frequently Asked Questions)
Please find bellow a list of the most frequently asked questions we have receivedfrom current and prospective clients.
At AM2 Architects our overall aim is to make sure that the client gets a design they are proud of, and to aid in getting the client through all the projects stages until completion. Our experience will aid in unlocking ideas for your property that will transform your space, increasing its value and overall feel. According to the RIBA, “Architects apply impartial and creative thinking to projects, large and small, whether you are constructing, adapting or expanding a building”. We aim to guide you through the design, planning and construction process from the beginning stages through to completion; whether it comes from maximizing the impact, functionality, or marketability of your existing building, or proposed site.
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Once you have approved the design, we prepare and submit all the information as your agent and deal with the Local Authority planners and Building Inspectors on your behalf.
The cost of professional fees for the client’s project will vary depending on the scope of the work to be undertaken. This will be discussed with the client before proceeding. Usually our architectural services will have an agreed fixed fee based on a percentage of the overall project cost, relative to the client’s project. This gives clients certainty and peace of mind.
It is difficult to quantify how long a project may take without a detailed brief of the project. In some instances (when planning is not required) it may be possible to start work on site within a couple months of receiving the projects brief. However if the project is of a larger scale and is not within the criteria of a “permitted development” the process will take considerably longer. Ultimately once we have discussed the project requirements and scale with the client we will be in a position to give you an estimate of how long the project in its entirety may take.
Building regulations approval will almost certainly be required. Most alterations to any building that are more than cosmetic will require building regulations approval. This is included within our services.
We will assess each project on an individual basis. There are some instances when a project may not need planning approval. This is usually a project that falls under the category of “Permitted development”. These rights exist for residential properties, whereby extensions under a set scale may not require planning approval. If you are planning work on a listed building however, then all alterations other than like for like repairs will require listed building consents.
It is not unusual for a project to require the input of other specialist consultants. Most typically consultants needed may be structural engineers, independent building control officer and surveyor. Also during the planning stages it may be necessary to employ consultants in more complex projects with the expertise in the fields of ecology, archaeology, flood risk, trees and landscapes. We will be able to advise whether consultants will be needed for the completion of the project.
If you have any queries about our services or any further questions please contact us.We look forward to hearing from you.
If you have any queries about our services or any further questions please contact us.
We look forward to hearing from you.