We make a measured survey of the site and property. It is followed by a feasibility study and a concept design (usually 2 or 3) to determine the best use of the space. We optimise the site, views and Client needs. This stage includes both internal and external aspects of the house.
The design is developed into a proposal for planning purposes. We formalise the application and submit it to the Local Authority. We will negotiate with the Planning Officer if amendments are required. We represent you throughout and explain the process step by step.
Other Consultans work with us at this stage, such as the Structural Engineer and Building Control Officer. We prepare detailed construction information that includes: architectural drawings, material specifications and a Schedule of Works. Sometimes we work with a Quantity Surveyor to obtain price certainty at an early stage.
We Tender to -at least- three different contractors following a competetive Tender procedure that is fair and transparent. We have first-hand experience of working with different builders and craftsmen and will offer guidance on the pros and cons of each contractor. We revise the pricing and ammend the scheme to match the Client’s budget.
We supervise the project to ensure the works are carried out with care and precision. We carry out regular site visits to: monitor performance; issue additional information for construction; administer the building contract. We ensure the project runs smoothly on time and within budget.
We like to work on small scale projects too! We offer interior design services and full-house makeovers. We provide landscape proposals and lead small teams with horticulturalists and gardeners. We often design one-off furniture pieces and items that require specialist joinery.
The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 organises the process of briefing, designing, constructing, maintaining, operating and using building projects into a number of key stages. The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 is used as guidance for the preparation of detailed professional services contracts and building contracts.
We have worked in New York City, Bogota, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm and Auckland. Being small means we are flexible. Being interdisciplinary means we know how to work in diverse teams. We love the challenge of a different climate, a different culture and different needs