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Residential Architecture

Quality Extensions & New Builds

As residential architects, we specialise in high quality bespoke extensions and new build homes, with a strong emphasis on your needs. We take the time to fully appreciate what is important to you, how you intend for your home to be used, how you live and the importance of the home in your day to day living. We create truly inspiring designs which are tailored to your needs.

We offer a variety of architectural services, from concept designs, detailed planning, technical drawings (also known as building regulations packages) to administering your contract. As a RIBA practice we cover all aspects of the RIBA plan of works.

Working closely with our clients to guide them through the process, to allow for an enjoyable experience to achieve their very own grand design.

One of a kind houses

Bespoke New Build Homes

As specialist bespoke new build home architects, we enjoy working to bring your ideas to life when designing your one off dream home.

If you have purchased a plot or want to replace the existing dwelling on a piece of land, Design Studio Architects work with you to incorporate your ideas into a one of a kind house that compliments the surroundings, enhances the environment and are individual to you.

With our experiences in contemporary and traditional design we create schemes which harmonise with your property or transform them into an unrecognisable individually designed scheme. We believe it is important to understand your needs in order to create a scheme which meets your requirements.

Our Approach

Values

DSA strive to embody our core principles and values as this determines who we are. They influence the way we work with our clients, our design approach as well as being a reflection of our office culture.

Sustainbility

We are committed to energy efficiency and sustainable architectural design which forms a key element of our design approach to every project. DSA has signed up to the 2030 RIBA climate challenge.

Virtual Reality

We use innovative and immersive 3D technology to bring your schemes to life. Allowing a greater understanding of how your project could look through the various design stages.

Don't Move Just Improve

Bespoke Home Extensions

As specialist bespoke new build home architects, we enjoy working to bring your ideas to life when designing your one off dream home.

If you have purchased a plot or want to replace the existing dwelling on a piece of land, Design Studio Architects work with you to incorporate your ideas into a one of a kind house that compliments the surroundings, enhances the environment and are individual to you.

With our experiences in contemporary and traditional design we create schemes which harmonise with your property or transform them into an unrecognisable individually designed scheme. We believe it is important to understand your needs in order to create a scheme which meets your requirements.

Working With Us - Our Process

The following gives an indication of our services and the process involved when appointed for a full service building project – based on the RIBA Plan of Works.

Stage 0 / Site Review & Brief

We conduct our first consultations to understand your needs, lifestyle and requirements. At this stage we can advise and make initial suggestions as to what might be appropriate for the site or feasible within your budget. 

Stage 1 / Existing Drawings

We instruct the measured building survey/topographical site survey in order to gather the required digital CAD information to start your project. We will also be able to identify other consultants likely required to move your project forward.

Stage 2 / Initial Design

We create the initial concept and precedents to illustrate our thoughts, which are shared with you either by email and or client review meetings in the office. Once we agree and ‘sign off’ the preferred scheme we move the scheme on the next stage.

Stage 3 / Developed Design

We will develop the design further which may include detailing of materials and finishes.

We also liaise with other consultants such as ecologists, tree surveyors, acousticians and civil engineers to ensure a co-ordinated scheme is created.

If planning approval is required we compile the relevant drawings requested by the local authority.  If your building is listed or in a conservation area a Heritage statement is likely to be required alongside the application for listed building consent.

Stage 4 / Technical Design

Once planning permission has been granted a technical set of drawings outlining key building details for the contractor can be prepared.

This information along with schedules or specifications can be compiled as a set of documents for tender to contractors and subsequently used to inform the construction of the building and building control.

Stage 5-7 / Construction to Handover

Working alongside the main contractor and the larger design team, we help deliver the scheme, producing architectural detailed design information for Tender and Construction. We are often involved as work progresses on-site monitoring and managing the construction process.

We can appoint the successful contractor and administer the contract. We inspect the works whilst issuing Certificates and Instructions as necessary to ensure the smooth progress of works on site. Together with the Q.S. we can monitor the cost impact of variations and assess the progress against the contract program.

Prior to completion we can carry out snagging of the works. Finally at the end of the retention period we will carry out our final inspection and issue a Final Certificate that releases any final payment amounts.

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