Invent Architecture & Design
Colchester, Essex(10 Reviews)
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Invent Architecture & Design has over eight years' experience specialising in residential projects. We are passionate about helping homeowners to find a way to achieve the dreams and aims they have to improve the way they live. This means listening well, questioning well and offering insight and advice into the complex world of planning and building.
We can help with:
- Permitted Development
- Planning Permission Application
- Building Regulation Application
- Change of Use Application
- New Build
- 3D Internal and External Visualisations
We’d love to hear from you so please, go ahead and drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you. If you’d prefer an informal chat then, by all means, try us on 01206 575159, or 07720 247 486.
We’re used to all sorts of questions so don’t be shy, buildings and planning consent can be complex, especially the first steps and we’re more than happy to offer a consultation without any obligation on your part.
Invent Architecture & Design
Run us through the different stages of the Garage conversion process - what's involved?
Planning permission is unnecessary if you don’t plan to alter the structure of the building, so a garage conversion would fall under permitted development rights in most circumstances. However, if you live in a Listed building or a Conservation Area, planning permission may be required for even minor modifications. You may also need planning permission if you live in a new build home, as these are often built with a condition requiring the garage to remain as parking, so an application to remove it becomes necessary. Standalone garages are more likely to require ‘change of use’ planning permission when converted to habitable rooms.
Building Regulation drawings will be required before you can change the use of a garage to a habitable room. This will mean compliance with Building Regulations, including delivery of the building regulation drawings to your council. Building Regulations will apply to moisture proofing, ventilation, insulation, fireproofing, escape routes, structural soundness and many other things.
As a result, almost any design decision must take them into account. For example:
When you divide up the garage, a new room is created. This room is subject to a set of Building Regulations that require an escape route and ventilation separate from the main room. Alterations such as an infill wall replacing the original garage door will also be subject to Building Regulations concerning the foundations. The building inspector will want to visually inspect windows, doors, fireproofing and foundations before he or she gives a certificate of completion.
Once the building inspector is satisfied, the completion certificate should follow within 28 days. It is often much sooner.
What do you love most about your job?
Architecture has been a passion for us here at Invent Architecture & Design from a young age, and helping people unlock the potential of their home is our ambition. Although the high-quality architectural drawings we produce are fantastic, nothing beats seeing those ideas brought to life. We make visits to site upon completion of a project to take photos of the completed works, and this is what we love most about our job.
What inspired you to start your own business?
After having worked for numerous architectural practices in and around Essex, we wanted to be able to provide our clients with a professional, honest and timely service that would not leave them disappointed.
Why should our clients choose you?
We pride ourselves on providing all of our clients with a professional, honest and timely service. All of our drawings will be produced to the highest quality by highly qualified technical staff with over eight years experience, making them easier for Builders to follow which reduces the risk of things going wrong on site. Also, all of our drawings are provided in PDF format via email and we also provide a free of charge A1 paper copy.
Planning Application Package
Our Planning Application Package includes Floor Plans, Elevations, Site Location and Block Plans and any other information necessary to help you achieve Planning Permission.
Building Regulation Package
Our Building Regulation Package includes Foundation, Floor and Roof Plans, Sections, Specifications and any other necessary information required to help achieve Building Regulation Approval.
3D Visualisation Package
Our 3D Visualisation Package includes various high-quality External or Internal views to help visualise your project.
Permitted Development Extension Package
Our Permitted Development Extension Package includes Floor Plans and Elevations. Once this package has been completed, we can then start on the Building Regulation Package.
Permitted Development Outbuilding Package
Our Permitted Development Outbuilding Package includes Floor Plans and Elevations. Once this package has been completed, we can then start on the Building Regulation Package.
Permitted Development Porch Package
Our Permitted Development Porch Package includes Floor Plans and Elevations. Once this package has been completed, we can then start on the Building Regulation Package.
Permitted Development Conservatory Package
Our Permitted Development Conservatory Package includes Floor Plans and Elevations. Once this package has been completed, we can then start on the Building Regulation Package.
Invent Architecture & Design
From May 2017 to present.
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Invent Architecture & Design provides the following services:
- Architects, Surveyors & Planners
- Architectural Services
- Conservatory Installation
- Design Services
- Disability & Accessibility Planning
- Garage & Outbuilding Construction
- Garage & Outbuilding Remodel
- Garage Conversions
- General Builders
- Kitchen Design & Planning
- Loft Conversions
- Planning Consultancy
- Property Extensions