Here at R&A Building Solutions, we don’t like to over complicate things. We carry out each and every step of each project with precision timing where possible, and like to keep each and everyone of our clients informed at all times, no matter what the size and scale of the project is.
STEPS & PROCESSES WE FOLLOW
A R&A Building Solutions consultant visits you to discuss design options for your home and the relevant planning and building regulations requirements. We provide a comprehensive fixed price quotation and a sketch of the proposed conversion/extension or new build property where applicable. We can also arrange for you to view a similar project in your area, to give you an opportunity to see the standard of work and to help you realise the potential for your own home.
Start the planning Process
A small deposit is needed to confirm your booking and to get the planing process started. Payment for this can be made by cheque, credit/debit card or by bankers’ draft. We then allocate your project to one of our drawing team and give you a proposed start date. Due to the structure of our payment schedule, which is quite unique within the industry, payments are only taken in arrears of work, and therefore no further payments are required until work has begun.
Full Measured Survey
One of our in-house designers visits your property to undertake a full measured survey. This takes approximately one and a half hours, we then draw up the relevant architectural plans. It normally takes around 2-4 weeks to draw up the plans and to get them registered with the local council. This may not be required for garage conversions.
The team at R&A Building Solutions will send you a copy of the architectural plans for your approval. A copy is then sent to the local council in conjunction with your planning/lawful development application. It takes approximately 8 weeks for the council to decide the outcome of the application.
Party Wall Surveyors
During the planning application period you are required to serve party wall notice(s) on your neighbour(s), to which they must consent prior to the commencement of the work. We will put you in touch with a party wall surveyor who will supply you with the notice(s) free of charge. We strongly recommend you serve these notices at your earliest opportunity in order to ensure works starts promptly after planning consent has been obtained.
A few weeks before the build starts, R&A Building Solutions will apply for building regulations on your behalf. Once planning approval has been obtained construction normally commences within 2-4 weeks.
The week before work commences, you will have a “pre-start” meeting with your project coordinator and the site foreman. The site foreman will be managing the team constructing your development. This meeting is an opportunity to fine-tune any details of your impending project. The site foreman will run you through the build process, explaining how they intend to tackle the project, the best channels of communication and how they will protect your home and minimise disruption to your family.
Building Team Will Arrive
The building team arrive on the agreed start date and construction begins. Prior to this, preparation of the site along with the protection of key areas will have already taken place; skips will have been delivered and scaffolding erected where appropriate.
Check Up Visits
During the construction stage of your project, one of the R&A Building Solutions site consultants, or your designated project coordinator, will be visiting your site 2-3 times a week to ensure works are progressing according to the schedule. If you need to contact us at any stage of your project, we have a fully functioning office, open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, so there will always be someone available to take your call.
You can expect construction work to last approximately; 5-7 weeks for a loft, 7-10 weeks for an extension and 1-3 months for a garage conversion. Upon completion of your project you your building regulations certificate, a copy of your planning approval and most importantly that much needed space.