Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do you do?
A: We provide a full or partial Architectural service. This includes all or part of the following: All drawings (Freehand and CAD), Sketches, Images, Three dimensional work, Walkthroughs, Colour boards, Survey work, Measured Building Projects, Site visits/Inspections, Planning/Building warrant submissions, information and certification for Banks and Building Societies. We can prepare reports and provide interior design and landscape schemes.
Q: Do you design any type of building?
A: Yes - we have completed a variety of both residential and commercial projects including new individual homes, house extensions, commercial projects, educational, historic and restoration projects.
Q: Do you design new as well as alter existing?
A: Yes - we are experienced in all forms of building - new, alteration, extension and conversion work.
Q: Do you get planning permission?
A: Planning decisions are ultimately made by the Local Authority. Where appropriate we submit a planning application on your behalf, we endeavour to give a good and honest idea of the chances of planning consent at a very early stage. We have proven experience of discussing projects with the local authority.
Q: But what if my application is refused?
A: You can ask us to prepare an amended scheme that can then be re-submitted for approval or we can appeal on your behalf to the Secretary State for Scotland.
Q: Are we involved in the construction of the building?
A: Yes -we regularly obtain competitive or negiotated terms from builders and others. We inspect contruction work on site, deal with payments, issue certificates and snag work carried out.
Q: Why should I employ an ARCHITECT?
A: Because an architect has to go through a period of extensive training and examination, including practical experience, before they can earn the name Architect. We are a chartered Architect and ARB registered. Any building project can be stressful times. We aim to take the stress out of the process for you.
Q: How much does an architect cost?
A: This depends on what work is to be carried out. It is normally charged as a percentage of the construction cost or agreed at an hourly rate. The INITIAL MEETING is provided FREE - at this time we will discuss the project in general terms and advise you of the best course of action.