NewsPlanning Your Home

Building or altering your home is a major life event. Whether you plan to refurbish your current home, extent it or build a new one, it will be an extremely exciting investment in your future. However, the journey and the risks involved may feel like a daunting prospect. The key to avoid unwanted surprises is to keep control of the process and make informed decisions.

Planning Your Home: A Brief Guide for Residential Clients

We have prepared a guide for private clients to assist uncovering your objectives, highlighting key considerations and outlining the delivery process. It is based on our experience working with numerous private clients over the last 12 years, delivering a wide range of residential projects in London and further afield. Our residential projects include new builds, full refurbishments, or basement, rear, side and loft extensions.

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Our guide covers vital topics we believe will be helpful planning your project. Some of them are described further below.

Defining Your Priorities

When embarking on a construction project there is a lot to think about. We understand that construction work is not just about the final look but also about how your new home performs and the value added to your investment. Our guide includes 10 key questions, to help you identify your priorities for the project.

Journey to Completion

A construction project is quite a long process and there a number of steps that need to be completed before work can start on site. These steps ensure compliance with planning and building control as well as reducing risk to inflating costs during construction. Our guide includes a simple to understand diagram, showing the typical route your project will take from beginning to end.

People Involved

Architect’s services and the number of consultants can vary depending on the size and scope of project and your specific requirements as the client.
 For example, almost all projects require at least some input from a structural engineer, however, smaller projects would not normally need a services designer or cost consultant. Patalab Architects have developed a strong network of specialist consultants and can recommend a team of professionals that will work together to make your vision a reality. Our guide maps out typical parties involved in a construction project and their roles.

Hiring the Right Architect

Choosing the right architect for your project is vital. There are a lot of options out there and if it’s your first project the choice can feel overwhelming. Our guide provides you with a strategy to ensure you hire the right architect who is best suited to you.

Cost Checker

Depending on the size, quality and extent of your project, the price of construction works can vary significantly. This a tricky initial query and yet
it forms an important part of your brief. We have used our broad catalogue of projects to compile a cost checker for various project types.

Get your Guide

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