Professional drawn by qualified architectual technologists and designers with over 20 years experience,
Thats right – we fill out all your council forms and submit everything into your local authority for you.
We have a department of planning agents who are in continued contact with planning departments all over the country.
Forget local architects, other online plans providers or your uncle steve who used to design steam trains for a living – We make it easy for you to get planning permission for your home improvement quickly and at a price you will love
It can be a little daunting knowing who to entrust your home renovation project with.
Afterall, there are so many design practices springing up, and with prices varying wildly.
My name is Kev Miller and I am the founder of Fixed Price Architecture Limited which is both an online and a traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ business.
I personally have over 25 years experience in UK residential design so I know a thing or two about extensions and loft conversions having succesfully designed and overseen thousands of them.
I hand picked my team of architectural designers ensuring that each one of them has brought their own individual spark to our fun and friendly architectural design practice.
We are certainly not your typical architectural design studio.
Our designers are fun, friendly and very easy to work with.
We will take on board all of your ideas and aspirations and work with you to ensure your home improvement project is every bit a good as you hoped it would be.
You will be assigned a designer at the start of your project and they will go through the whole jouney with you from start to finish, allowing you to build up a real relationship along the way and many of our clients have gone on to become good friends.
You can message your designer at any time directly through your online project board or by downloading the app.
You can also schedule a telephone or video calls to discuss your project at a convenient time to suit you.
Did you know that the average architect fee in the UK is around 10% of the buid cost (this can be as much as 15% in Greater London).
With the average price of a Loft Conversion now around £55K post thats between £5,500.00 – £8,250.00 in design fees!
One of the reasons for this is that many architects work on large commercial projects and a small domestic project such as a kitchen extension or a garage conversion is considered a sub-par project.
At Fixed Price Architecture we only work on domestic residential projects, it is what we do week in and week out and we are experts at it.
Some architectural services providers, both online and locally sourced will only provide planning drawings, preferring not to get involved with the building regulations stage.
We have an unrivalled knowledge of UK Building Regulations and are more than happy to provide building regulations drawings for your project.
This service is extending to steel beam calculations, build-over agreements and SAPS energy certificates.
In short, we offer a simple one stop service for all of your project design needs with no need to outsource other design professionals or engineers.
We can offer you two types of design service.
The first is a fully online only service whereby we would require you to provide us with some basic floor plans (or old estate agent, or previous architect plans can also be used) together with photos of your home and of course details of what you are looking to do to your home.
The second service is our at home service. If you select this service then your designer will come and visit you at your home.
You will have the opportunity to run through your project with your designer and they will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Our at home service also includes for a laser HomeScan survey of your home.
This is an increibly accurate way of measuring your home and enables us to create a 3D BIM model of your home which means your drawings will be incredibly accurate.
Welcome to our planning knowledge base.
If you have any questions not covered here, please get in touch.
It goes without saying that having an extension or conversion to your property can be expensive, however, no matter what it is that you are looking to change or add, then chances are that you are going to see them as an investment for the future.
When the time comes to sell your property and move on, having an extension or conversion added is going to add value, which will mean more money for you.
The thing to remember about converting or extending your home, is that there are some things that you need to pay out for and some things that you may wonder whether or not you actually need.
Planning permission is not something that you can choose whether or not to apply for. It is something that you need and is required by your local authority. That said, not every building project does in fact need planning permission – please be advised that in normally ALL cases a building project WILL need building regulations approval!
Depending on what changes you are making, the size of the things that you are amending or where you live and the nature of your property – You may be covered by what is known as Permitted Development.
The idea of Permitted Development is that you can make certain changes to your property without having to request full householder planning permission to make alterations.
It some instances Permitted Development rights are removed on properties under an Article 8 directive, this is especially the case with many newer housing estates built in the new millennium.
Even if your project appears at first glance to meet the criteria of permitted development, the only way to be absolutely certain is to apply for something called a lawful development certificate from your local authority planning department.
Whether your changes fall into Permitted Development or they fall into the requirement for full householder planning permission, having detailed plans is an essential requirement.
These plans form an integral part of your your planning / permitted development application.
Not only are they important for this part of the process, but plans also help to visualise the ideas that you have for your extension and what you want it to look like.
They are an awesome way of allowing others to see how you visualise your new home. They also allow you to show your builders exactly what it is that you hope to achieve with your build.
As a bare minimum a typical set of planning drawings for a domestic extension or alteration would need to include all of the following to get past planning validation checks and for the scheme to be considered by planning:
Existing Elevations @ 1:50 or 1:100 Scale
Existing Floor Plans @ 1:50 or 1:100 Scale
Existing Roof Plan @1:100 Scale
Existing Site Location Plan @ 1:1250 Scale
Proposed Elevations @ 1:50 Scale
Proposed Floor Plans @ 1:50 Scale
Proposed Roof Plans @ 1:50 Scale
Proposed Block Site Plan @ 1:50 Scale
Things often also requested but not always:
Off Street Parking Block Plan
Details of Vehicular Crossovers
Any rights of way over yours/adjoining owners land(s)
Floor Levels for Flood Assessment
Locations of Trees – especially any with TPOs
Neighbours Windows together with 60 degree horizontal sight lines
Neighbours Windows with 45 degree vertical sight lines
We have added examples of planning permission drawings further up on this page.
Typically speaking, they will need to show existing elevations and floor plans are all clearly drawn to a scale of 1:100 and that the proposed floor plans and elevations are drawn to a larger scale of 1:50 as the level of detail needs to be clearer.
We also provide a block site plan (proposed) at 1:200 scale and a site location plan at a scale of 1:1250
Typically speaking, you will require existing and proposed elevations of your property normally drawn to a scale of 1:100 or 1:50
You will also need existing and proposed floor plans – again these will be drawn at a scale of 1:100 or 1:50
An Existing and proposed roof plan will be required, drawn at a scale of 1:100
Last but not least you will need a site location plan at a scale of 1:1250 and a proposed block site plan at a scale of 1:200
These drawings can be produced by either an architect or a suitably qualified architectural technologist with sufficient skill, construction knowledge and experience to handle the project.
Cheap really can be cheerful. We are able to keep our prices low by simply keeping an eye on our overheads.
We have a modest but comfortable design studio, we do not have fancy central London offices and our staff do not drive around in expensive company cars.
This allows us to set our fees incredibly low. We still run a profitable business while you benefit from amazingly low prices – its a win/win for everyone as far as we can tell.
You are lucky as nowadays you can get your hands on very high quality planning drawings online using our online only drawing service.
There are other companies offering similar services of course, albeit with varying levels of quality and experience however thats a discussion for another day.
We are different to other online planning drawings providers as we also offer our clients an option to have a designer visit them at their home to discuss their project with them.
This service is more inline with the traditional service whereby you would of instructed a local Architect who would come to your home and then produce a set of planning permission drawings for.
Our at home services is a hybrid of the two.
You still get the benefit of having a designer visit your home and have your house professionally measured.
However you also get the benefits of low online prices, an online project board, a downloadable app and 24/7 access to your project allowing you to see exactlt where you are in the planning application process.
We handle the whole process online via your project board.
You can access your project board by logging in via your desktop computer or by downliading an app for your smartphone or mobile device.
You can upload all your sketches and measurements to your proejct board and collaborate directly with your designer throughout.
We even provide an onboarding session where you will get the oportunity to meet your designer over a video call to discuss your project in further detail and ensure your designer has everything they need to produce your planning permission drawings.
All of our clients will recieve access to their own online project board.
This is where you will be able to upload information such as photographs and sketches as well as post comments to your designer.
The project board is something we are incredibly proud of and we have made it as intuative as possible with comment features much like we are all used to using on social media platforms.
Furthermore there is a downloadable App for your mobile device which allows you to recieve instant notificatons and allows you to view the status of your project at your finger tips 24/7.
We are the first online Architectural Services provider to offer our clients such a platform to collaborate directly with us.
The benefits of our system are:
Here are some planning permission videos from our Youtube channel
And here are some videos of previous projects whereby we produced planning permission drawings for extensions, loft conversions, porches, conservatories, outbuildings and driveways to name a few…