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The Practical Planning Company Ltd

‘21 Certificate of Excellence

At The Practical Planning Company, we believe there is a simpler, faster and more affordable way to build your forever home. No hidden fees. No confusion. No stress. Just practical, high-quality plans and advice. With a wealth of experience on site and having designed over 500 home extensions, we can give you everything you need to get accurate quotes from builders – or even build the extension yourself. Headquartered in Nottingham and family-run, The Practical Planning Company is driven by a commitment to unparalleled customer service and providing the best in architectural design. We’re designers at heart, with a passion for creativity and over 15 years’ experience in the construction industry. We’re not Grand Designs – we could be, but for us, we believe simply in giving people the space they deserve.

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What do you love most about your job?

I enjoy every aspect of my Job from the initial consultation to handing over the final approved plans. I have to say though, that going to see a completed build is definitely the most rewarding part.

What inspired you to start your own business?

The first time I went self - employed I was 18 and had just finished my carpentry and joinery apprenticeship. That self employment gave me the ability and flexibility I needed to not only study at night to gain my HND in construction and Maths A level but helped me pay for my university fees. I remained a self employed joiner until I moved to Nottingham at the age of 22 and wanted to put my new Architecture degree to good use.

I managed to find a small local design firm that would give me chance if I remained self employed. Working with them we managed to create a large client base and expand the company taking on multiple apprentices, and more employees and we got to a point where the company was financially stable enough to take me on as a full time employee. That was my first year out as an architectural designer.

Over the next 3 years I helped the company go from strength to strength. We completed 100's of design projects from new front porches to new builds and even the odd "grand design". The work was enjoyable, the clients were happy and we were doing very well. Although the business wasn't mine I liked to think I was an integral part of it and helped them grow from a team of four to a team of twelve and we were all working well together.

In 2019 the owners decided to aggressively expand the business, which was brilliant. We introduced new systems to cope with the larger client base and hired new managers and administrators to cope with the extra workload. By this time I had worked my way up to principal designer and was overseeing the work of two other designers and was tackling the larger, more complex projects. We were coping with the expansion very well and were ensuring our clients had a smooth design experience and I believe we were providing an excellent service.

Unfortunately in May the owners decided to start exploring other avenues of revenue and as a result we lost two key senior members of our team with no notice. This essentially left the responsibility of running the entire core business to me and the two designers under me. At this point we started to struggle with the work load and as a result our time scales increased. This meant that I couldn't give the customers the dedicated time they deserved to talk through every aspect of their build, ensure they have a full understanding of their drawings and how they can use them to get builders on site and building.

This, in my opinion, is the most important part of being and architectural designer. Your client deserves as much time as they need to get the most out of the design service so they can approach builders with confidence. This is what I want to do for everyone who is planning an extension and is the ultimate reason I started my company.

Why should our clients choose you?

1 - We offer simple fixed fees and payment terms which makes the process affordable.
2 - We offer flexible hours for site visits and meetings to work around busy lifestyles.
3 - We have a huge amount of experience in design and can give you great ideas to help create your dream home.
4 - We have a quick turnaround rate on drawings so you don't have to wait a month before seeing your initial design. We like to work to 5 working days.
5 - We consider you, the client, the most important person to us. without you we wouldn't exist.

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Hiring an architectural services firm is a great investment as it can help increase the value of your home.

The cost will vary not according to the size of your extension and new rooms but how many floors are being changed or added.

Costs will normally include the design advice, on-site survey, professional CAD drawings, drawing amendments, planning applications and planning revisions.

Your expert architectural services firm will be able to help make the changes you are looking for or create a new build. They will also be able to answer any questions you may have. Use Bark to get free quotes and find a qualified architect today.

Here are some aspects that are important to consider when opting for an architectural services firm. It is important that the architect is registered and provide you with a portfolio of work with recent images. It is also recommended to complete a site visit where the architect might point out the particular features of that project.

Architects need to monitor the project throughout so it is also important that they have a good working relationship with experienced contractors.

Some architectural services firms only do international work. If you have a small project, you might want to consider a small firm that can give you its full attention.

Your local professional should work with you on your creative ideas and ensure that you get the best value for money for your budget.

You can be confident that any of the Bark local architectural services companies listed will help you build your dream home and give you peace of mind.

A building project might take just six months or a couple of years to complete. Make sure you choose an architecture firm that you will be comfortable working with for the long term.

You may meet an architect you like in the initial meeting phase but when the project gets underway, you may be working more closely with a different colleague. Make sure you know which individuals you will be working with throughout your project.

A side return extension is considered to be permitted development (PD). It does not need planning permission as long as the extension is within two metres of a boundary and the maximum eaves height is no higher than three metres.

Architectural services firms can provide complete drawing and design services, submit planning applications, check building regulations, undertake Structural Engineer calculations for loft conversions, extensions, internal alterations and new builds.

Architects also manage the entire process with the local authorities and should keep clients informed of the progress of their application along the way.

Yes, it's possible to hire an architect and get your project done online. Whether you require 3D illustrations or plans submitted for approval, your architectural expert will be on hand to bring your vision to life. There's a number of handy 2D and 3D tools which architects use to help you to envision how the finished product will look.



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