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Invent Architecture & Design

Colchester, Essex

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‘21 Certificate of Excellence, 2021

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We will unlock your dreams through our creative and inspiring designs. Our calm and friendly approach will give you peace of mind as we create practical and beautifully designed living spaces.

We are passionate about releasing the full potential of each and every one of our Clients' homes.

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15 September 2019

We instructed Invent to carry out our project drawings and Building Regulations. From the first initial contact the service has been first class and all aspects explained in full . Every time we made contact to address a detail or ask a general question found the staff always able to answer our questions. We have recommended Invent to other family and friends and wouldn’t hesitate to say they are the best company we have dealt with for a very long time . Thanks Invent Architecture Lee Goddard More...

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23 August 2019

Architectural Services

Very happy with Lee and his team. Took over from another architect and proved to me that there are some good architects out there who are willing to listen and converse with the council on behalf of the client to get a win / win solution. Thanks for your help. Definitely would recommend. More...

23 July 2019

Lee has just helped us with the drawings and design for our new house and has already submitted these to the council. Nothing has ever been too much trouble and any questions or queries we had were always dealt with straight away. Lee also gave us some great ideas to make our new house more unique whilst at the same time taking into account the construction of the house and how our design would affect this. I would not hesitate in recommending Lee to anyone who needs help with any size project. Very professional and friendly service from start to finish which has made the whole process really enjoyable. More...

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12 November 2018

Property Extensions

Good service and quick! Lee assisted me in end-to-end process for getting the building note submitted.

23 July 2018

Lee helped us with planning, design and building application for our single storey extension to add a downstairs WC, Utility Room, Study and Porch. Lee captured our initial requirements and quickly produced the drawings to submit to the Council for planning. We had no experience of dealing with the council so Lee submitted the plans on our behalf and dealt with the whole process from start to finish. He also produced the detailed plans for building regulations, liaising closely with our chosen builder when needed, and dealt with submitting these to building control. Lee was very friendly, professional and provided the drawings quickly. I would not hesitate to use and recommend Lee in the future! More...

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27 May 2018

Excellent work , always does what he says within the timeframe he has set

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27 May 2018

Lee is professional and friendly, he is happy to listen to exactly what you want and will advise you of what can legally be done under your requirements. He doesn’t rip you off with his prices and isn’t pushy which I can’t say the same about certain other architects!He is very efficient in the timescale of producing and providing you with your excellently comprised plans.He handles all of the dealings with whichever council you maybe using to apply for planning permission and keeping you informed.Over all I am extremely pleased I came across INVENT architecture & design I couldn’t have asked for a better firm or person than Lee to help me with my design plans or planning application for my extension. More...

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27 May 2018

Lee has really helped us bring our vision for our house to life. He has amended drawings quickly and precisely and has always been contactable if we had any questions or concerns. Would highly recommend

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27 May 2018

Lee has been amazing throughout our whole process. He always responds very quickly and is happy to provide addition help and insights when asked. We even had comments about how good his drawings were from a builder that we had to quote on our job. I can not recommend him highly enough! More...

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27 May 2018

Lee helped us with planning, design and building application for our single storey extension to add a downstairs WC, Utility Room, Study and Porch. Lee captured our initial requirements and quickly produced the drawings to submit to the Council for planning. We had no experience of dealing with the council so Lee submitted the plans on our behalf and dealt with the whole process from start to finish. He also produced the detailed plans for building regulations, liaising closely with our chosen builder when needed, and dealt with submitting these to building control. Lee was very friendly, professional and provided the drawings quickly. I would not hesitate to use and recommend Lee in the future! More...

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16 March 2018

Lee is professional and friendly, he is happy to listen to exactly what you want and will advise you of what can legally be done under your requirements.
He doesn’t rip you off with his prices and isn’t pushy which I can’t say the same about certain other architects!
He is very efficient in the timescale of producing and providing you with your excellently comprised plans.
He handles all of the dealings with whichever council you maybe using to apply for planning permission and keeping you informed.
Over all I am extremely pleased I came across INVENT architecture & design I couldn’t have asked for a better firm or person than Lee to help me with my design plans or planning application for my extension.
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26 November 2017

Architectural Services

Lee was professional and was very helpful. He listened and understood where I was at with my planning process and undertook to help me. He was able to do the site survey and plans quickly. Any revisions were also done very promptly to the extent that I now have plans submitted to my council waiting for their approval. So far excellent service. More...

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22 November 2017

Architectural Services

A very helpful and honest advice from a charming progressive young architect. Did not proceed with our plans this time, but will certainly call on him again.

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21 October 2017

Garage Conversions

Very efficient, approachable and friendly service. Would highly recommend this pro :)

5 October 2017

When we first contacted Invent we were impressed with their expert knowledge and advice that gave us the confidence to know that our questions would be answered promptly and honestly. We never experienced any difficulty in trying to contact Invent for advice or queries regarding our project. The drawings we received were very detailed and sent to us in a timely manner for us to review. Invent gave us the time we needed to look over the drawings and make sure we we're happy with the design. We were advised that we could contact Invent with any amendments that we required. The small changes we made were edited and sent to us again in a timely manner. When we were completely happy with the design, the final drawings were sent to us and we were very impressed with the quality of them. Nothing was ever too much trouble, and we would recommend Invent to anyone who is looking to extend their home.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Services

Our Planning Application Package includes Floor Plans, Elevations, Site Location and Block Plans and any other information necessary to help you achieve Planning Permission.

Our Building Regulation Package includes Foundation, Floor and Roof Plans, Sections, Specifications and any other necessary information required to help achieve Building Regulation Approval.

Our 3D Visualisation Package includes various high-quality External or Internal views to help visualise your project.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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