Through The Woods

Architecture with people and the environment in mind



We appreciate that when you are planning a new project it can be difficult to know where to begin.

An initial site visit and consultation is offered to all potential clients, free of charge.

-At this first meeting we give you an indication regarding the feasibility of the project in both planning and building terms.

-We may also suggest alternative ways of meeting your requirements.

-After the meeting we will write to you with our fee quotation.

-This will usually be calculated using our assessment of the amount of time and resources required to undertake your project in the correct, professional manner.

-Historically, architects have calculated fees as a percentage of final construction cost, but we find it more economic to charge on a daily rate for the actual hours put in.

-Our fees are always fixed and agreed in advance. We will never charge you for anything without your agreement. The timing of invoices will made clear at the outset.

Workstage 1 - Feasibility Study

  • Carry out a measured survey of the relevant parts of your existing property, incorporating the site conditions. 
  • Provide existing survey drawings to scale required for any Planning Applications.
  • Work with you to develop your brief and aspirations for your project.
  • Provide Outline Proposals for your project to provide 3D views in CAD & SketchUp
  • Establish the planning strategy
  • Confirm the brief, stylistic aspirations and financial feasibility

Workstage 2 - Planning Permission

  • Prepare freehand sketch design options for your approval
  • Liaise with the design team to confirm buildability
  • Prepare a full set of outline design drawings in CAD and SketchUp
  • Prepare and collate all the supporting planning paperwork
  • Submit the full package as a planning submission to the planning department
  • Liaise with the case officer at the planning department and provide any additional material required

Workstage 3 - Detail design

  • Provide the Design Guide to confirm the specification of all items 
  • Confirm the construction and materiality of the proposals with the Structural Engineer
  • Liaise with the design team to confirm suitability of the detail design
  • Prepare a full set of Building Regulations material and submit to the local authority
  • Prepare the Pre-Construction Information Pack allowing for an accurate cost of the works
  • Prepare a Schedule of Works to quantify all te built elements

Workstage 4 - Contracts & Construction

  • Tender the project to a number of suitable Main Contractors
  • Interview each of the Main Contractors, take references and confirm suitability
  • Prepare a fixed price contract with a timetable for your approval
  • Make site visits to confirm the quality of the work and prepare interim payments
  • Prepare the certificate of Practical Completion
  • Prepare a list of defects and manage the snagging process 6 months after completion


Planning a self build project? We can help you with some or all aspects of it.

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