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