At Arkiton we believe design and build is the future of practice, this principle is at our heart. Our multi-disciplinary team is led by our architects and designers to bring together the creative design process and the construct and build phase, while managing all stages in house. We provide a passionate and sensitive approach to all our projects.
We lead all of our projects by design from concept to completion, meaning all designs are feasible to build and realistic within our clients budget. As we are also the contractor it is critical to ensure the practicality of all designs from the outset. A singular point of contact for our clients we reduce complexity, fees and enhance client communication. Our customers benefit from our internal team of trusted craft and tradespeople and out extended network of partners.
• Architect not normally involved in build
• Budgets not defined until contractor commencing work
• Customer must communicate with architect, contractor and all subcontractors
• No shared approach to the project
• Hidden fees and price hikes throughout the build
• Single point of contact from concept to completion leads to;
• Better communication and transparency
• Co-ordination improves quality and delivery of the project
• Single point of accountability
• Budget and timeline defined from outset of the project
• Less stress for customer and more involvement throughout project
We listen to your ideas and vision for your design and build project and undertake a fixed fee feasibility study to discuss your options. This service is recommended though it may not be required for customers who have defined design intentions. We then start preparing the detailed planning design for submission to the relevant local council planning authority. Usually, we receive a response to planning applications by local council authorities within 8 weeks. This response is dependent on the council itself and the scale of the project. Some types of extensions and conversions fall under permitted development rights and therefore do not require planning permission though this will be clarified in our initial consultation.
Phase two usually begins after planning permission approval and in this phase indicative designs become very detailed. This is when we prepare the building warrant drawings as per the building regulations, which are much more detailed and technical. They include fire regulations, access, ventilation, heating, structure, insulation, and sustainability requirements. At this stage we also submit structural engineer calculations and construction details. This helps to define a full construction programme and a fixed cost schedule is generated. We use an independent quantity surveyor for a final once over before we proceed.
This is when the fun starts. When our design ideas and your vision become a reality. As the build gets underway, we provide weekly progress reports to our customers as well as site visits to ensure our customers are involved throughout the whole build phase. This is often when our customers realise the importance of a single point of contact. During this phase our customers can really benefit from our exclusive architect led interior design package. From kitchen and bathroom design to bespoke joinery and furniture we emphasise your personality, taste and design flare in your finished project. As completion approaches, we make plans for your needs in the future and get you looking to experience your new space.