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‘20 Certificate of Excellence, 2020


Architechnology.Design are based in Rainham, Kent, we provide an efficient, competitive and professional Architectural Design Service in Medway, Maidstone, Swale, throughout Kent as well as London.

Whether your projects a Single Story Extension, Double Storey Extension, Loft Conversion, Outbuilding or a New Build you can rely on us for a straight forward, hassle-free service to get the job done.

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16 October 2019

Dan Butler has great vision and will make the best of any space.

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I like to make peoples home work better for their families

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Is it worth getting Pre-Planning Application Advice?

One of the first hurdles in any home renovation project is obtaining planning permission. Most councils offer a pre-application advice service to homeowners. But is it necessary? It depends on your project and comes down to three things: cost, time and, of course, getting approval for a design you’re happy with.

What does Pre-Planning Application Advice cost?

The cost of pre-application advice for householders varies from council to council but is usually between £50-£200 for a meeting and follow-up letter. Most clients would agree the cost itself is not the prohibitive factor, particularly if it results in a smooth planning process and desirable outcome.

Why you should consider Pre Planning Advice

If you are considering a project that is not a simple case, then getting pre planing advice can be very useful.

Why do we use 3d Planning Software

So you the client can visualise exactly what you want your design to be. We use different types of 3D software to help bring your project to life.

How we can help with our 3D Architectural Planning Services

Are you looking to add an extension to your home or garage and need help with your planning application?

We map you design and can add materials and landscaping to create a three dimensional rendition that will sell your proposals to key audiences.

3D plans are a powerful tool and provide a clear overview of the exterior and interior of your project.

We can use items from our libraries make your render come to life, or we can take a bespoke approach so each floor plan can be relied upon to show your specified materials and finishes.

Why you should design your space before you build it

We can help with Interior layouts so you ensure you get your design right on paper before you start your build. It's easier and far cheaper to make changes at the design phase of your project than when builders are on site.

How we can help with our 3D Architectural Planning Services

We do this using different type of 3D Architectural Design software to give you walk throughs and bird eye views of any part of your project.

What is Planning Permission?

Planning permission is the consent of your local authority on a proposed building project and is in place to deter inappropriate development. The building of a new dwelling, or extensive changes to existing buildings, usually requires planning permission.

Decisions on whether to grant planning permission are made in line with national guidance (in the form of the National Planning Policy Framework) and the local planning policies set out by the local authority.

Securing planning permission is a vital part of any self build or substantial extension project and the granting of planning permission is the key that turns a piece of agricultural land into a viable building plot.

It can be a time-consuming part of the project preparation process, especially if you are looking to build something ‘outside the box’, but a clear understanding of what the process involves and what the planners may be looking for will set you in good stead for a smooth application process.

Does my Project need Planning Permission?

If your project involves the creation of a new dwelling (by either building from scratch or subdividing an existing home), then planning permission is normally required.

Larger outbuildings or extensions, or builds/improvements in Designated Areas or involving listed buildings, are also likely to require planning permission.

Smaller additions and improvements can normally be made under Permitted Development.

We will assess your project and decide the best route you shoudl take either permitted development or Planning Permission.

Planning Permission Process

The process of acquiring planning permission can be a long one, so getting it right first time should be your aim.

When the planning application has been submitted to the local authority it is then passed on to a planning case officer.

The planning case officer will consider different factors of the application including drawings and comments from neighbours to see that the plans meet the planning guidelines and the approval of the council.

Once The planning case officer will then be in a position to make an informed decision on a recommendation approval or disapproval of the application and the formal decision will be made by a higher management member.

We will create a preliminary set of drawings based on your initial ideas and your suggestions.

Following discussions with you we may create a number of options to help make sure that we create one that best fits what you are looking for. We can advise on:

• Estimated Budget

• External Appearance

• Internal Light / Space

• Innovative Use of Existing Areas

• Lifestyle / Building ‘Flow’

• Practicality of Build

Once our designs have been accepted by yourselves we will make a formal planning application on your behalf, including all correspondence and paperwork.

We make every effort to negotiate the approval of your application.

If for whatever reason your application is refused we can help either appeal the decision or alter the design to better suit what your local council are looking for.

What is Permitted Development?

Permitted Development (PD) grants rights to enable homeowners to undertake certain types of work without the need to apply for planning permission.

There are many innovative opportunities whereby PD rights can bring significant benefits to anyone who wants to undertake a project to improve their existing home or is looking to maximise the potential of a new investment.

Not to be confused with planning applications, the Building Regulations are there to ensure that buildings are built to a quality standard for such things as structure; fire; drainage; ventilation; insulation etc, and to ensure that all the works conform to the current Statutory Building Regulations as laid down by Law.

Building regulation matters are handled by either Building Control Officers within the Building Control Department of your local authority, or by licenced private inspectors, dependent upon who you or your Agent chooses to manage this process. Unlike planning, there is no committee and you should not have to endure a long wait for approvals, normally within 10-20 days.

How do I apply for Building Regulations’ Approval?

There are two ways to apply for approval under the Building Regulations: the Full Plans method or the Building Notice method (detailed below).

Full Plans Method:

The ‘full plans’ method of application is a more detailed and robust application as it requires the submission of up-front detailed drawings that show a great deal of information, such as the fire escape routes, ventilation capacities, for instance.

Architechnology.Design will provide all the necessary drawings, applications & covering letters for submission as part of the complete design process.

Building Notice Method:

Most people find that a Building Notice is the simplest and most appropriate for alterations or extensions to domestic properties.

You should not need specific drawings for this and your builder can look after the process on your behalf while undertaking the works.

To do this the builder simply completes a Building Notice form and submits it to the Building Control Department – this has to be done at least 48 hours before work starts on site.

Once the work starts, the Building Control Officer will visit the site and make arrangements with the builder to visit at specific points through the progress of the works to check that the works meet the minimum standard that the regulations require.

They may also request supplementary drawings and information. When the works are complete, you can ask the Building Control Officer to give you a certificate to confirm that everything has been done to the required level.

Managing Residential Building Projects from start to finish

We will oversee the entire building project management process for both domestic and commercial clients, starting with designs that are tailored to ensure the planning application has the best chance of approval.

Following that we will crate the building reguilations drawings, put the works out to tender, manage the procurement of a contractor and oversee the subsequent programme management to ensure the works go smoothly once on site and the end product suits the clients needs and exceeds expectations.

A single Point of Contact

Managing a building project can take a huge amount of time, and if you've never done it before it is no simple task.

Hiring a professional project manager can save you time and money in the long run, not to mention the stress you can avoid by having a single point of contact for all your queries and requests.

Building Project management Fees

Our building project management strategy can be tailored to suit our client's requirements and as a result our fee structure is flexible and is therefore affordable for all budgets, feel free to contact us so that we can discuss your project and our fees in more detail.

Why you should build a Single Storey Extension

When all the costs of upscaling and upheaval are considered, it is understandable that more and more people are choosing to stay put and extend their existing properties, often saving time and money in the process.

Single storey extensions, most often in the form of a rear extension or side extension, are a great way of gaining more space for the family, with open-plan living and rooms that better connect home and garden increasingly popular.

As well as more space, a single storey extension also provides the opportunity to allow more natural light into the home, creating a brighter and healthier space.

Why you should build a Double Storey Extension

Double storey extensions make for cost-effective, space-enhancing additions – and if you get yours right, it might make more sense to build one than move to a bigger house.

Double storey extensions, executed well, are a truly cost-effective alternative to moving house when you’re ready to seriously size up. They can add valuable living space but extra sleep space too. Plus, double storey extensions will remedy interiors that are not fit for contemporary life – a lack of bathrooms to balance bedrooms upstairs and, on the ground floor, a layout that gives you a poor connection to the garden, a cramped kitchen, or closed-off rooms where a more open-plan arrangement would be preferable.

Creating new rooms upstairs and down that fully integrate into your home is the key to a successful double storey extension. The principal rooms of your home should be accessible from the main hall or circulation space in an open-plan layout, as well as from the landing. Rooms or zones with related uses – like the kitchen and the dining space – work best grouped next to each other.

Finally, a two storey extension is a cost effective option, giving you more square footage for your buck than a single storey extension, and allowing you to transform the look and feel of both upstairs and down. Perfect for small homes and growing families, it's the easiest way to increase living space and add an extra bedroom.

When all the costs of upscaling and upheaval are considered, it is understandable that more and more people are choosing to stay put and extend their existing properties, often saving time and money in the process.

Double storey extensions are a great way of gaining more space for the family, with open-plan living and rooms that better connect home and garden increasingly popular.

Why you should convert your loft

If you are considering expanding your property and wondering how best to utalize the space around you, a loft conversion could be the answer.

Building upwards can be one of the most cost-effective and straightforward ways of creating more space in the home. Small loft conversions and loft conversions on a larger scale are increasingly popular choices for homeowners looking to find extra living room without having to move home.

Whether the kids have returned from university or you are moving your parents in, a loft conversion can be the ideal fit whatever your plans.

Why you should consider a New Build

If you are considering either knocking down your current property and replacing it, or you have land to build on, then a New Build Design could be the one for you.

The Advantages of a new build are that you can design and choose exactly what you want inside and out.

Building a new home can be daunting but the rewards are well worth it.

Whatever your building needs, whether the kids have returned from university or you are moving your parents in, a new build can be the ideal fit whatever your plans.

Why you should consider an Outbuilding

If you are considering adding a new outbuilding or Converting the use of an existing outbuilding i.e. a garage we can help with your design and guide you durting your build.

A lot of the time outbuildings are considered to be permitted development providing all conditions are met, if not then they will require planning permission.

Outbuilding Planning Drawings Kent

We can help you plan and design your New Build using our latest 3D Architectural Design Software.

This brings your project to life and helps you make the right design decisions for your project before you start the expensive build phase.