Budget Boosting Building Plans From The Experts

Budget Boosting Building Plans From The Experts

The North West, UK is experiencing a jobs and industry boom of late, with big cities like Liverpool and Manchester benefitting from investment like never before. With the imminent opening of the new Mersey Gateway connecting Runcorn and Widnes, promising to improve commuter links, and boost business in the area.  If you live Widnes, Runcorn, Warrington, or St Helens, now is the ideal time for homeowners, or small business owners, to consider investing in their property, and feel the full benefit of the economic changes ahead.

However, starting a building project is no mean feat. Whether it’s small internal changes, an extension to a property, or constructing a stand-alone property, it all takes time, money and some upheaval to your day to day routine regardless of the size of the job.

In a perfect world, building work should be completed within budget, on time and with as little mess and disruption as possible, and whilst this doesn’t always happen, there are some things to consider to help keep your project on track.

Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Builder

Choosing the right builder is extremely important. Finding someone reliable with a good reputation for high quality work is must, and they’re usually worth their weight in gold. And, as architectural designers we produce our best designs working in partnership with highly-skilled contractors.

In order to manage a project fully, some building companies offer a design and build service. Whilst, having a single point of contact for all aspects of the build is an attractive prospect to homeowners, they’re likely to run the risk of paying a premium for building plans, whilst receiving basic, functional designs in return.

Choosing architectural service providers like Fairtech, means that aesthetic features as well as function are taken into account. We can help you to visualise the design of your dreams and create a beautiful space for your family, working alongside your builder, so that you can be confident that you’re getting exactly what you want, without any surprises or hidden costs along the way.

Preparation. Preparation. Regulation.

A building notice is a way for a building contractor to commence work quickly, whilst applying for building regulation approval. This is typically a viable option for smaller jobs, but for larger projects such as home extension work, it could mean problems further down the line. 

When building under a building notice, the builder will complete parts of the project and wait for the work to be inspected by a building control officer. Unfortunately, if the work is sub-standard and doesn’t meet current building regulations, then it will need to be re-done, at the expense of the homeowner and delaying the date for completion. 

One way to avoid this unexpected cost and disappointment, is to use professional architectural services. Building plans drawn by a specialist designer can be submitted to building control for approval long before the builder arrives on site. Once the building designs are approved, the builder can commence construction on an extension in the confidence that both the design and specification meet current building regulations, saving your budget and deadline in the long run.

This option also gives homeowners or small business owners the opportunity to have input into the design, ensuring they’re completely happy and satisfied with the proposal.  Work completed under a building notice, could mean that work is carried out without consultation. And whilst builders have their talents, their design ideas might not always align with client expectations, resulting in more work, further delays, and additional costs.

Free Amendments To All Of Our Building Plans (Not That You’ll Need It)

Having a formal agreement between you and your builder could also prevent delay and expense if their design service doesn’t quite go to plan. Organisations like The Federation of Master Builders can provide contract templates if your builder is registered with them, or alternatively, basic contracts can be purchased online for a small fee.

By referencing your building plans within a formal agreement, and ensuring they form part of any written contract, you’ll be offered protection should your project come to a halt.

Fairtech ensure that all designs adhere to the current Building Regulations (2010), but on the rare occasion that building control require amendments be made to our plans, we promise to make them at no additional cost to the client.

Having expert advice and professional building plans, means better value and greater satisfaction for our clients. Contact Fairtech for an informal chat about your project and to see how we can save you time, money, and hassle, and bring your vision to reality.

Drop us a note at matt@fairtech.co.uk, give us a call on 0151 321 1986, or find out more about our range of architectural services at www.fairtech.co.uk