Architectural & Design

How it Works for homeowners

Over the years, NU Concepts has built a process which has delivered many successful projects.

It all starts with your enquiry. The easiest way to do this is fill out a few details on our contact page and we’ll get in touch. Or you could call us on 01925 648 585.

Don’t worry if you’re not sure exactly what you want at this stage. That’s what our professional architectural services are for. Once you’ve been in touch, we will take it from there.

Stage 1: Initial consultations … for free!

A friendly chat

Before we start talking money, we like to understand your needs. So the initial discussion meetings are free. It also gives you the opportunity to make sure you’re happy with what we are offering.

We start with a free telephone conversation, during which our Architectural Technologist, will discuss all of your needs, requirements and plans for your property.

If possible, during this conversation, we will look at your property using Google Maps to better understand and discuss the available space. At the end of the call, we will schedule in a face-to-face meeting to discuss the project further. Ideally this will be in your home as this helps discussions, but we can also hold the meeting at the NU Concepts office in Warrington.

Background Research

Prior to your face-to-face meeting, we will check with the local council to learn about any previous projects in the area. This way, you’ll be made aware of any potential planning issues right from the start.

Face-to-Face Meeting

The next step is to hold our pre-arranged free face-to-face meeting, over a cup of tea (or coffee!). By meeting with you and discussing the project in person, we will be able to make suggestions based on our research. We can also outline the costs involved, so you have an idea of how much your project may cost.

Stage 2: Decision Time

No-obligation quote 

After your face-to-face discussion, we will give you a no-obligation quote for your project.

Once you have had time to consider our quote, we will ask whether you’d like to proceed with your project.

You decide whether to proceed

If you are happy with our quote and would like to proceed, we take a deposit and organise a site visit.

Stage 3: Draft Plans

Site Visit

After you have made your decision to go ahead, and we have received your deposit, NU Concepts will visit your property to take measurements.

These measurements will be used to produce the proposed plans for your project.

Sketching and Drafting of Proposed Plans

After the site visit, we will produce a first draft of the proposed plans. This is a key part of the process, and it is important we get this right. During this phase we will need to work with you closely to make sure you get a design you love.

Usually, there are two to three iterations before the design is agreed.

Stage 4: Technical Drawings & Planning Permission

Design Freeze

Once the draft plans are agreed, the design will be frozen. This means no more changes can be made to the plans without it potentially impacting planning permission.

Technical Drawings

After the design is frozen, your technical drawings will be completed. These are the building regulation drawings you need to apply for building control approval for your project.

In these drawings all aspects of the project will be considered. You will be provided with a full set of regulation drawings incorporating everything from acoustic and thermal requirements to power and drainage layouts.

Planning Permission

During this stage, we will also start the planning application process.

We will make sure that your plans meet all the relevant legislation and then we will submit them for approval, on your behalf. If any modifications are needed to the plans as a result of the application process, the changes will be covered by your original quote.

So, with us, you don’t need to worry about the planning application process. We will handle all that for you.

Stage 5: Building Works and Project Management

Building Works

Once you’ve obtained planning permission, the building work can start.

By this point you should already have a builder lined up to do the work. Bear in mind, most decent builders have to be booked well in advance.

If you need help finding someone, we are happy to suggest reputable companies we have worked with in your area.

Project Management 

The NU Concepts service doesn’t have to end with the delivery of your completed plans. If you would like expert assistance managing your building project, we can instruct contractors on your behalf, ensuring that the project is completed to your satisfaction.

For more information on our architectural services in Warrington and beyond, please take a look at our Residential Services.

If you’re ready to get started with your free consultation, call NU Concepts now on 01925 648 585 to arrange a meeting.