a small project timeline

A building project can be a daunting prospect, especially if you have not done one before. It helps to understand the basic stages. Here’s a simple set of steps to follow:

  1. Decide on a budget!
  2. Get initial advice from an expert: an architect, structural engineer, or both, on what changes are possible.
  3. Get up to three options drawn up by the architect or an architectural technologist.
  4. Get outline costs from a builder.
  5. Pick one option.
  6. Take advice from your expert on the need for planning permission i.e. does it fit into the surroundings? Not all work requires this.
  7. Put more detail on the drawings if necessary and apply for planning permission from your local council, if required (see #6).
  8. Planning granted, possibly after a few rounds of queries. Allow three months for this process.
  9. Take advice on the need for a building warrant (Scotland) or building control approval (England and Wales). Not all work requires this.
  10. Have detailed drawings created for constructing the work. How detailed depends on where you are. Generally in Scotland more detail is required.
  11. Apply for building warrant/building control approval, if required (see #9). Allow three months for this in Scotland.
  12. Meanwhile, tender to at least three builders using the drawings from #10.
  13. Start on site once permission is granted (Scotland) or whenever you like after notifying your local council you want to start (England and Wales).
  14. Carry out the building work. Keep and eye on costs and the quality of your builder’s work.
  15. Supply any extra information your local council ask for during the work.
  16. Apply for completion certificate.