Residential Architecture

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Looking to build a new house or extend your property? But don’t know where to start? Call our residential architects NOW for free planning permission & design advice!

We provide a no obligation design advice service, providing the guidance, information and inspiration you may need to begin the design process. We are able to visit your property or the land which is to be developed and answer your fundamental questions, such as:

  • Do I need Planning Permission?;
  • What can be achieved?;
  • What are the possible costs?;
  • How long will the project take?

Design Studio Architects’ team are also keen to ensure that you, as the client, are fully involved in your exciting project and we welcome any ideas you wish to share. We will establish the possibilities and challenges involved with the site.

Meeting with you also gives us the opportunity to explain the processes involved, from initial consultation through to completion, using the RIBA workstages.


Design Studio Architects understand what planning authorities look for in residential architecture designs and we have built good working relationships with planners over many years. Our clients benefit from our experience and strong professional contacts.

Detailed planning application documents/drawings are developed, using our teams’ experience and negotiating power with local councils, to ensure the process runs smoothly and efficiently. We are able to present our designs in various mediums to ensure the best possible chance for planning approval.

Building Regulations

Once the Local Authority has granted planning permission and you are in a position to prepare for the build, a set of building regulation drawings can be provided. These drawings will incorporate a variety of elements including thermal, acoustic, fire safety, health and safety, electric layouts, drainage information, ventilation, structure and all other regularity requirements.

The RIBA Workstages are set out in more detail below, to give you an idea of what to expect as the project progresses:

RIBA Workstages

One of our residential architects will visit your property to meet you, walk around and discuss your ideas, hopes and aspirations. Discuss with you a budget construction cost as it is important that you advise us of your budget at this stage, so we can design and advise with this in mind. Following this meeting, we can put together a fee proposal of the building and design services required.

Measured, Drawn Survey which will typically be carried out in house (subject to the existing building and the requirements). This set of information is a starting point and puts together accurate floor plans, elevations and sections, which will be used for the basis of the planning drawings.

A separate topographical survey will be undertaken if further site information such as levels are required and are important to the design. This is an important stage, as it allows us to gain a knowledge of the building, its construction and previous phasing.

We will come up with initial design proposals that address your brief, find solutions for your requirements and maximise the potential in your home.

We will advise on all aspects of the planning process, liaise with local authorities and submit planning applications on your behalf.

We will produce a comprehensive set of tender information that will enable us to obtain fixed quotes from recommended builders. The detailed design drawings will include all technical construction drawings; electrical, power and lighting layouts; interior design elements such as fixed furniture and finishing’s; bathroom design, kitchen design intent; immediate external landscaping and finishes.

We will manage the tender process, negotiate with contractors and manage a contract between you and the contractor. Once the project is on site we make inspections, oversee valuations and issue relevant certificates.

Do you need the help of a residential architect?

Get in touch with one of our team today to discuss your project and find out how we can help. Call us on 0116 251 0606 or fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you.

We also provide advice on permitted developments and commercial architecture.