a small project timeline
A building project can be daunting, 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 or development are possible.
- Get up to three options drawn out by the architect or an architectural technologist.
- Get outline costs for each one from a builder.
- Pick one option. One you can afford.
- Take advice from your expert on the need for Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent (LBC).
- Put more detail on the drawings if necessary and make the necessary Planning and Listed Building applications.
- Planning and/or LBC are granted. This may be after a few rounds of queries. Allow three months for this process.
- Take advice on the need for a subsequent Building Warrant (Scotland) or Building Control Approval (England and Wales) application. Not all work requires this.
- Have final fully detailed architectural and engineering drawings created by the relevant professionals. 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, get at least three builders to tender using the drawings from #10.
- Start on site once Warrant 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.