"An architect will provide you with much more than just the drawings…"

Riba 'Working with an Architect for your home' guide 

Whether you know exactly what you want for your building work or have no idea where to start planning for it, Human Architecture will work with you in creating a Brief together, which will identify the potential and risks involved in your project.

Developing a design that interprets your ideas and suits your lifestyle from your day to day living to making the most of the investment that you are making in the building work. Gearing your design into an efficient building to run and maintain. Endeavouring to suit your budget.

As the building process progresses, achieving the relevant statutory approvals is essential for the realisation of your building. A description of these stages has been put together, which may vary depending according to your project. 


Establishing and agreeing the detailed design brief

Dimensional Survey of the Existing Property and site

Developing sketch designs, different proposals for the client

Discussions and liaison with Planning Departments - research of local planning policy and advice establishing type of planning application required (for example: Householder and full plans planning applications, Listed building Consent, Permitted Development, Lawful Development Certificate) 

Obtaining specialist consultant fee quotes and reporting on these, including appointing consultants on behalf of the client

Detailed proposals, working the preferred idea identified into a detailed design 

Preparation and submission of architectural plans, drawings and documents for Planning Application


Obtaining specialist consultant fee quotes and reporting on these including appointing consultants on behalf of the client

Preparation of architectural plans - technical drawings - for Building Regulations approval in conjunction with structural engineer information and calculations

Submitting Building Regulations approval to the Local Authority on behalf of the client


Help you to manage the construction stage, helping you to select builders and advising you on a construction contract. Overseeing the co-ordination of the construction, monitoring progress, standards of safety until final completion of the project.

You may appoint an architect to all or some of the design and construction stages.

Design of internal and external spaces I Re-organise space and circulation I New Kitchen Diner Rooms I Garage Extensions I New Utility Room I New Home Office I New Play Rooms 


Important Links:

Working With an Architect for your Home - A RIBA ( Royal Institute of British Architects) publication

Architects Registration Board - ARB

Planning Portal - Information about Planning Permission and Building Control

Party Wall Ac- Preventing and resolving disputes in relation to Party Walls

CDM Regulations 2015 - Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, information for Domestic Clients

Interesting Links:

Houzz - Home design ideas, renovations and photos 

RIBA Bookshop - Architecture, design and construction books                        

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