Time to plan ahead with ideas for a new or extended home

Doug Hughes of Hughes Architects

With all the time we’re spending at home during the current lockdown it’s a good time to re-evaluate how we live and work.

Our homes have not only become offices, but in many cases, they are schools too.

One thing it has made many realise is how space in their home is either underutilised or how much more space they need.

Whether it’s simply not enough living space, the need for a more permanent working area, or room for the kids to be creative in.

Doug Hughes, our Principal Architect and Managing Director, explains: “We receive a large number of enquiries generally from people who want to plan ahead for work on their homes. It tends to be those looking at extensions or remodelling and wanting to do something with their home.

Adapting to a new way of living

“In recent weeks we’ve all had to adapt to being locked down to abide with government regulations. Many of us are working from home for the first time while others have never spent so much time with their family in one space.

“That has made us all re-evaluate our living and working needs.

“We’ve received numerous enquiries over the past month about extensions and new builds. People are using their time to think carefully about whether they need to extend their home or even move. And we’re more than happy to help.

He added: “Many people often think we simply undertake drawings and plans to get their project through planning. But we do a lot more than that.”

“In some cases, a client will only want us to create the design and specifications for an extension, renovation or new build. We will then undertake the planning application and they will leave the rest to their builder or contractor to manage.

“With the majority of clients we do much more, from an initial meeting to discuss their project, to managing and seeing the work through to completion.

Design, costing, planning, management

“That will include costing the project, gaining planning approval with the local authority, going out to tender for a contractor to undertake the work, and then project managing it to ensure the project is completed on time and within the budget where possible.

“There are times when adaptations are made to the plans, or unseen issues arise that might necessitate changes to the final cost. We will always advise any budget has leeway for this.”

Hughes bases its fee proposal and undertake our work based on the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Plan of Work.

This is broken down to:

•Strategic definition

•Preparation and brief

•Concept design

•Developed design

•Technical design

•Construction

•Handover and close out

During construction, our architectural team will undertake site visits and discussions with the contractor to ensure everything is running smoothly before work is completed and handover to the client takes place.

So, as you can see, there’s a lot more to our role than just drawings and designs.

Why not give us a call or email to arrange a free initial consultation. Telephone 01686 610311 or email enquiries@hughesarchitects.co.uk.

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