Welcome to IQ Architecture & Surveying

Single storey extension?

If your family is growing or you simply would like more space, extensions are a great way to add living space to your home. More functional space – a bigger kitchen with bi-folding doors, leading into the garden or a utility room, for example, could transform your home. You may be dreaming of a lovely eye-catching feature room for relaxation or entertaining, if so, single storey extensions are a great way to achieve your vision. More modest sized extensions can enhance the rooms you already have and work well with internal alterations.

Building notice?

This is generally only used when you are carrying out extremely simple building works, such as installing a new fire door between a garage and house or removing a small internal wall. A building notice is a single stage method of application where you fill out an application form, pay one single fee and then Building Control come out and inspect as required.

DOUBLE STOREY EXTENSIONS

Is your family out growing your existing home, but you don’t want to move, or do you want the additional space for overnight guests and entertaining? A double storey extension designed by a good architectural designer adds space to the ground and first floor of your house to the rear or to the side. The ground floor can have all the benefits of a single storey extension – bigger kitchen and/or utility room, or a feature room with the wow factor. The first floor then adds bedrooms, bathrooms, a study or en-suites.

LOFT CONVERSIONS

A loft conversion can be an easy and cheap way to get an extra room into your home, the space is already there. Master bedrooms with en-suite and dressing rooms, a cinema/games room or children’s playroom can be achieved with good architectural design. Adding a dormer roof extension gives you even more space with better headroom.

Home Condition Survey

A fast, comprehensive and competitive service that brings to light all major defects likely to affect a decision to purchase.  Carried out by a qualified residential property surveyor, it provides a no-nonsense assessment of the condition of the property using a simple 1, 2, 3 rating guide and a jargon-free approach. Buying a house is the largest single financial transaction most people make, and it can turn into a very expensive millstone if, after you move in, you discover that you are sharing your new home with dry rot, woodworm or rising damp, or that there has been settlement.  It is therefore prudent to consider options other than just relying on the simple Mortgage Valuation Report prepared by your building society or mortgage lender.

Planning Applications

Planning applications have a straightforward journey to approval. Understanding where you are in that process helps you know what responses you can make.  Here are the steps in the process:

  1. Planning application is submitted to the local planning authority.
  2. The application plans, forms, fee and associated documents are checked and validated.
  3. Once validated a letter with the determination date is posted to the agent with case officer details and reference number.
  4. The planning authority publicises the application, in the newspaper, on lamp posts, by letter to neighbours and perhaps elsewhere.
  5. Other consultees are informed such as water board, highways etc…
  6. The public has a few weeks to comment on the application.
  7. Determination usually begins 2 weeks before the decisions date once all comments are in.
  8. The decision will be issued typically 8 – 10 weeks from validation.

The building regulation process

  1. A comprehensive set of plans and building regulations drawings are submitted to building control (local authority or private inspector). They will assess and check to make sure that all the necessary building regulations information is shown on the plans. They will also make sure that it fully complies with the building regulations.
  2. If amendments are required, the local authority or private inspector will inform the applicant (or agent) of any changes are needed. Once resubmitted and approval has been received, work can begin on site.
  3. Throughout the build process, a Building Inspector will visit the site to regulate the build at the following stages – Foundation, Drains and DPC (Damp Proof Course).

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Contact us

We will provide you with a quote for our services to carry out a survey and prepare drawings for submission to the Planning Department once we finally agree the scheme with yourselves.
We will also advise you of the planning fees, Once the plans have been registered, the planning process generally takes between 8-10 weeks to obtain a decision.