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Frequently Asked Questions

Working with Builders and Construction Firms

Steve Wilks

Managing Director

Steve has been involved with the building industry for over 35 years. We have compiled a list of the questions he gets asked most often by clients and prospects. These questions come from both returning clients and clients who are embarking on their first development project.

“How do I choose good reputable builders?”

“Is my budget realistic / how much will this cost?”

"What is the difference between an estimate and a quote?"

“How do I get a quotation?”

“What kind of plans and drawings do I need?”

“What is the process and what can you expect before the building work commences?”

“What is the process and what can you expect during the building work?”

“What is the process and what can you expect after completion of the building work?”

“Do I need Planning Permission to extend my home?”

“Do I need Building Control approval to extend my home?” 

“Do I need an Architect to extend my home?”

Regardless of whether you you need local authority Planning and/or Building Control approval, we would recommend you employ the services of an Architect. He will be able to help you with your design, and be aware of all of relevant specifications and structural considerations that any of your design ideas may require. You can find an architect using the same techniques you used to find your construction partner, however if you are unsure who to use, we work closely with several, all specialising in different project types, and as such will be happy to make an introduction for you.

Plans are required to enable your construction partner short-list to provide project quotations as discussed within the "What kind of drawings and plans?" section above, the more detailed the drawings the better, and should include items such as electrics, plumbing, and fixtures and fittings as this will lead to more accurate quotations. In some instances your architect will also arrange for structural engineers drawings where footings need to be dug, or supporting walls supported, which will also be required for the quote.

Depending on the size of your project you may also wish to appoint your architect to manage your project. Most architects are happy to provide project management as part of their service, however this is very much your decision and will be dependent on how you want the project to be run. Many construction firms, including LSW, are also able to provide this service

"Can I supply fixtures and fittings?"

"What do I do if I wish to complain?"

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