We talk a lot about how our products and services can help you achieve your dream home, and how much easier certain services will make the process, but we haven’t touched too much on how to take those first steps.

So we thought it would be a good idea to talk about a few of the first points of contact you should be thinking about when you initially being you home renovation journey.

At the risk of stating the obvious, a ground up renovation will require much more extensive plans as opposed to perhaps a single storey extension. Depending on the type of work you’re having done, your plans may even fall under permitted development. There is a lot of work that can be carried out under permitted development, including: single storey extensions, loft conversions, conservatories, porches, decking and basement conversions, of course it’s always best to check with your local authority to make sure that your plans are within these boundaries.

Now that you have any idea of the type of project you’d like the embark on, you can start researching firms that will help you achieve your vision. The scope and size or your project will also dictate the types of contractors, architects and planning permission you’ll need to speak to.

There are a couple of routes you can now take, so it’s advisable to do your research to see which options is going to be the best one for you. 

Lets take a look at what could be considered the traditional route. This means you’ll be directly employing an architect or engineer, design team and quantity surveyor for the duration of your build. This team would usually design and submit your plans to the local authority for approval, manage the tender process and give support whilst you select a suitable contractor to make a formal agreement with.

Next lets look at the Design & Build option. For this, you contractor will be in the driving seat for the majority of the project. Think of this as more of a one-stop-shop approach, which can make the process a bit simpler for some newbies to the renovation game. The contractor will work with you and an in-house design team to create your dream home on paper. This is can be a preferable way to move forwards as the contractor is more likely to design within budget this way.

Possibly the main difference between these two routes would be where the control lies. Traditional pathways mean you retain the overall control and receive impartial advice and support from your architect and quantity surveyor, you could think of yourself as a project manager. You contractor holds the responsibility for workmanship whereas design liability lies with you architect/designer. The Design & Build method, as previously mentioned your contractor holds overall control and is legally responsible for the design and workmanship of your build, meaning accountability is easily taken.

Once you’ve settled on a route, you can then start contacting the relevant party. It would be a good idea to enquire at least three firms so you can get a good spectrum of what’s on offer.

So we’ve spoken about a few of the first initial steps you can take to start talking to professionals about a home renovation project, but there’s one other individual or group of people you need to speak to and this lot should be at the top of your list.

Before you start ringing around and emailing out enquiries, you need to begin this discussion in your living room with your nearest and dearest. Anyone that these big changes could affect need to be involved in the conversation and you’ll need to consider the implications of a disturbance like this. It’s likely you’ll need to move out for a portion of the work so how will this affect any children in the home? It’s an important time in their development will the disruption to their home life have an adverse affect? Of course if you’re living with a partner it’s incredibly important to get their views on the work you want done, especially if your bright ideas involving halving the costs!

Make sure the keep in mind bot personal and professional emotions when it comes to taking your first few steps into a home improvement project and you should be fine.

If you feel like you’re ready to discuss your options, Olive & Umber offer packages that will suit whichever route you decide to go down whether it be tradition or Design & Build. Our D&B service is specifically aimed at those at the beginning of their journey, without architect plans and just looking for the simplest way to go about things. We include a fully project managed service, will assign a dedicated site supervisor to your project and make sure that lines of communication are wide open the entire time.

Drop us a message if you’d like to find out more by emailing info@olive-umber.co.uk, we can’t wait to hear from you.

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