Building Plans – How To Save Money At The Start Of The Planning Process
In most cases when submitting your building plans it is necessary to provide structural calculations in order to obtain full building regulations approval for your project.
These calculations are required for any structural elements specified such as steel beams, roof trusses and in some instances foundations or under pinning. The calculations need to be submitted to building control, then checked and approved.
When submitting a building regulations application most home owners do not want to fork out for structural fees at the same time as planning/building regulations and architects fees.
It is possible to make the structural calculations and details a ‘condition’ of the building regulations approval. This means that the other elements are all approved with the exception of the structural details. This can be submitted at a later date, therefore delaying the time when structural engineers’ fees are required and therefore spreading the costs out.
Of course it can be a minefield if you decide to submit your own planning application so it is less stressful and easier to navigate if you use a reputable architectural service to draw up and submit your building plans for you.
The Benefits Of Using An Expert
They are used to dealing with the planning department and often are aware of short cuts to get your plans through quicker than if you were to do them yourself. Another problem with self submission of plans is trying to understand the jargon used in the industry.
If you use an experienced architect or architectural service then they are used to this jargon and can communicate better with the relevant authorities and even the builders who come to do the work on your home once your planning application has been accepted.
Of course if you go the do it yourself route you will save money but as you probably already know short-term savings are not always the best policy. If you want the building works to start as soon as possible and to be built to an approved design it is much easier to recruit the services of an expert so that they can take your ideas and recreate them on paper for you.
A Fully Managed Service Can Save You Time and Stress
A fully project managed service is also something to consider especially if it is a substantial project such as a double extension. The key to a successful build is a three stage process – advice, design and planning. If you get these three areas right then you will have a stress-free build and add much more value to your home in the process.
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