Frequently Asked Questions

October 24, 2012
Stage A – Getting My Project Started   Freqently Asked Questions 1. With the Survey and Inspection kit – Do you survey the ground, first and loft floors? Yes a complete house measured survey with laser, unless otherwise stated. For a rear extension, we tend only to measure the ground floor. Some times customers want […]

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How does Building Doctors work?

June 23, 2011
It’s a question we’re often asked but it really is quite simple. What we’ve done is taken the complex areas of architecture, building and design – the key components of any extension, conversion or home improvement project – and combined them into one package. We’ve then broken the package down again into easy-to-understand services from […]

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Can I do the Interior Design?

March 25, 2011
For many people it’s not so much “Can I do the interior design” but more “Should I do interior design myself” Other people ask us “When do I get an interior designer in?”   Here’s some of the initial thoughts: 1) I know what I want, I’ve got the photos, but I’ve not got the time […]

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Looking after our network

March 18, 2011
It’s a curious fact of human nature that many of us pay more attention to keeping track of our success at recreational activities than we do tracking our success at the fundamentals of building our business. Avid golfers can tell you their handicap & recount, in detail, the last round they played. But how many […]

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Is my loft big enough

November 13, 2010
Turning loft areas into habitable rooms is an effective way of adding space to your home. Looks can be deceptive- the dusty and dingy space may hardly look like a bedroom, but with the right design it can be transformed into a light and airy space. When you first venture into the loft and contemplate that extra bedroom, the space may look cavernous and enormous, again this can be deceptive- with structural beams in place , the actual usable space can become limited.

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Complying with Building Control

October 6, 2010
Once you have chosen a contractor, which I trust you would do after a tendering process and consulting the client he has worked for before- who is hopefully not his uncle and before the garden gets dugs up, it is important to make sure that the buried stash of money is relocated and that the construction will meet standards set out by the Building Act.

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Achieving Planning Permission

August 3, 2010
For many of us, having been granted planning permission is a momentous occasion. Depending on the complexity of the scheme, you or your agent may have had several negotiations involving withdrawals, revisions and re-submissions. But what have you been granted approval for? After months of dialogue the design may suddenly look severely diluted from what you originally envisaged. It is essential to confirm all the conditions that come with planning permission.

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Dealing with Rejection

July 10, 2010
You have spent months, maybe years trying to get planning permission for that beautiful rear extension to your house, the one with the handsome folding doors that opens up the entire house to the garden. You dreamt of making perfect poached eggs in that sumptuous kitchen while you saw your children frolicking in the garden.

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