N7 Design Studio Ltd.
Kirkliston, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh
Established in April 2013, N7 Design Studio provide professional architectural design services with extensive experience in planning, design and construction of residential, retail and commercial projects across central Scotland.
We guide our customers through all aspects of the building process from inception, design, submissions to local authorities and construction.
We tailor our services to the individual needs of our customers with prompt, cost effective solutions to their building needs.
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6 Buie Haugh, Kirkliston EH29 9FD, UK
N7 Design Studio Ltd. Services
Our service begins with an initial consultation where the client outlines the brief. We will provide our own advice on layout and design for the work using our experience and knowledge of the building regulations to make the best possible use of the space. On the basis of an agreed brief, we will provide a written fee quote for the work involved, breaking down each stage into a clear fee and providing estimated costs for application lodging fees and structural engineer’s when necessary. This allows the client to tailor the service they receive to their individual needs.
When instructed, we will carry out a measured site survey using the latest laser measuring equipment to provide an accurate base for any Proposals. From this base, we can prepare some options using the brief and work with the client to agree a plan layout and/or external design within the constraints of the Local Authority guidelines. We also use 3D modelling software where appropriate to present our designs in a way that is visually clear to clients.
Once a sketch design has been agreed, we will prepare the necessary drawings and forms and deliver the application to the Local Authority offices. The planning drawings establish the site layout, building footprint, general internal layout, external appearance of the building, colours and materials. We will act as an agent on your behalf throughout the planning process, dealing with any issues raised and liasing with you, until the Local Authority has reached their decision. If the work predominantly internal, then a planning application is not always necessary.
Building Warrant Application
On approval of the planning application, we will compile together the necessary drawings for the building warrant application. This is a detailed technical approval to ensure that the proposal complies with the latest Scottish Building Regulations and requires a considerably higher level of detail than the Planning stage. The building warrant drawings cover detailed construction and materials (timber/ steel frame), drainage, foundations and structural stability, weather tightness, insulation u-values, ventilation, electrical layout, damp proofing etc. The submission will include detailed drawings with general specifications, SAP Calculations and Energy Performance Certificate, and Structural Engineer’s Report and Certification (where necessary).
On approval of the building warrant, we will produce a series of construction details and a detailed specification covering all components within the proposed works. This is discussed and agreed with the client prior to issue and will usually include schedules or windows, doors, kitchen, bathroom and all internal finishes where required. This information will give enough detail for contractors to provide accurate construction costs for the proposed works. We can manage this process for the client and prepare a report with recommendations on how to proceed and, if the client wishes, appoint the best value contractor on the client’s behalf.
When a contractor is appointed, a formal building contract will be let (usually the Scottish Minor Works 2011 Edition) which we can explain to the client. This is based on the contractor’s firm price and a contract set of drawings and specifications. We can administer the contract and carry out regular site inspections to confirm that the contractor is carrying out the construction in accordance with the contract and report to the client on progress. During construction, applications for services connections may need to be made this can be done through the contractor or we can assist if necessary. At the end of the contract a completion certificate is applied for from the local authority and we can certify practical completion.
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