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Do I Need An Architect To Create

My Planning Drawings?

The simple answer is No.

Don’t get us wrong, there is a time and a place when the appointment of a good architect is worth their weight in gold however for the vast majority of home improvement projects it is a valid question to ask.

We provide a new way of obtaining planning drawings produced by highly skilled architectural technicians for fraction of the price that you expect to pay a local architect.

Our planning drawings are produced to the highest standards and meet both local and national planning guidelines.

Whatsmore our plans are produced from information provided to us by you, the homeowner.

Dont worry, we dont need vast swaves of information and technical details from you in order to produce your planning drawings – in fact, in many cases an estate agent floor plan and some photos of the outside can get your project well under way !

In much the same way that many of us decorate our homes time and time again without ever appointing an interior designer, for the most part we know exactly what we want from our extension, we just need somebody to turn our ideas into a set of drawings to give to our builder
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Founder Of Fixed Price Architecture

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Turn Your Ideas Into Your Perfect Home

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

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Two Ways To Get Your Planning Drawings

We can produce your plans using sketches, photos and measurements provided by you or we can send a surveyor to your home

Online Project Board & Downloadable App

You get access to your own online project board where you can chat with your architectural designer, upload information, approve your drawings or check the status of your application whenever you want 24/7.

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Our drawings come with the promise of unlimited revisions until your completely happy with your drawings

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We only ask for a small deposit up front. We do not ask for a penny more until you approve your planning drawings.

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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 provide a new way of obtaining planning drawings produced by highly skilled architectural technicians for fraction of the price that you expect to pay a local architect.

Our planning drawings are produced to the highest standards and meet both local and national planning guidelines.

Whatsmore our plans are produced from information provided to us by you, the homeowner.

Dont worry, we dont need vast swaves of information and technical details from you in order to produce your planning drawings – in fact, in many cases an estate agent floor plan and some photos of the outside can get your project well under way !

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Fussy, Stuffy or Bossy

We are certainly not your typical architectural design studio.

Our team 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.

You can message us at any time directly through your online project board or by downloading the app.

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In much the same way that many of us decorate our homes time and time again without ever appointing an interior designer, for the most part we know exactly what we want from our extension, we just need somebody to turn our ideas into a set of drawings to give to our builder
Kev Miller
Founder Of Fixed Price Architecture

Avoid The Sky High Prices Of

A Local Architect

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.

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For All Your Design Needs

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.

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We Work From Your Sketches, Photographs and Instuctions

To Produce Wonderful Planning Drawings

Our design team with masterfully create perfect planning drawings from sketches, notes and photographs provided by you.

You can upload all the information via your online project portal or by using our downloadable app on your smartphone or mobile device.

Once we have recieved all the information we will get straight to work producing your drawings.

We can also work from previous architect drawings or even estate agent floor plans!

Do I Actually

Require Planning Permission?

If you are planning on extending your home then chances are you will need to fill out an planning application of some kind.

 

Whether that is an application for a lawful development certificate for works you are intending to carry out within your permitted development rights or a full householder planning application for a new build dwelling.

You can carry out single storey extensions and loft conversions without having to complete an application for full planning permission.

Instead you can apply for a lawful development certificate provided it is designed to comply with permitted development guidance.

 

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What About Building Regulations

Don’t forget, its not just your local authority planning department that you need to keep on the good side of.

The vast majority of projects will also need to comply with Building Regulations.

For a small charge we can produce the building regulations specifications and drawing details to accompany your planning permission drawings which will allow you to obtain approval from Building Control.

Simply select the building regulations specification add on when filling out our form to request a quote.  

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As well as the drawings and building regulations specifications provided by Fixed Price Architecture you may also need to provide some additional information dependant on how complex your project may be.

For instance, if you are removing any walls, creating enlarged openings, altering the roof structure or adding new floors such in the case of a loft conversion then you will also require structural calculations and sketch details to accompany the information provided by us.

Our team are always here to advise, and we can even source a structural engineer to provide these details for you. 

Frequently Asked

Questions Around Planning Matters

Below you will find many of the most common questions we recieve about planning permission for all manner of home improvement projects.

We have tried to answer as many as we can however if you cant find the answer to your question then please contact us and we will be more than happy to help.  

If you live in England or Wales, and you want to build a conservatory that’s attached to your house, you will need some form of planning permission from your local authority. This could simply be a lawful development certificate in cases where your conservatory meets all the requirements, or householder planning permission if you do not have permitted development rights or if the conservatory is larger than the allowances.

If you live in a flat then you will require full planning consent. You may also require landlord consent.

If you live in England or Wales and want to build a home extension, you will need to obtain planning permission from your local authority. This could simply be a lawful development certificate if your conservatory meets all of the requirements, or it could be householder planning permission if you do not have permitted development rights or if the conservatory exceeds the allowances.

If you live in a flat, you will need full planning permission. You may also need permission from your landlord.

You generally don’t need planning permission for a porch in England or Wales, as long as the ground floor area of the porch is no more than 3 square metres and it’s at least 1 metre from any boundary.

However, there are exceptions to these rules, so you should always check with your local planning authority before starting any work

Most loft conversions are considered to be permitted development, not needing an application for planning permission, providing certain limits and conditions are met.

If your property is a listed building or you live in a conservation area there may be different rules that apply so always check with your local authority before starting work.

There are also specific limits and conditions that apply to loft conversions, such as:

– the work must not exceed 40 cubic metres for terraced properties and 50 cubic metres for detached and semi-detached properties;

– the existing roof space must not be increased by more than 40 cubic metres for terraced properties and 50 cubic metres for detached and semi-detached properties;

 

 

If you want to build a shed in your garden, you will need to apply for planning permission from your local authority if the shed:

– is more than 50m3 in volume; or

– is located within 2m of a boundary.

If you live in Wales, the rules are slightly different and you will need to apply for planning permission if the shed:

– is more than 30m3 in volume; or

– is located within 1m of a boundary.

If you want to build a shed that does not meet the above criteria, you may be able to do so without needing planning permission, as long as the shed meets the following criteria:

– the shed must be located at the rear of the property;

– the shed must not be taller than 4m; and

– the total area of all sheds on the property must not exceed 50m2.

As with any building work, it is always best to check with your local authority before starting work to see if there are any other limits or conditions that apply.

If you want to convert your garage into a habitable room, you will need to apply for planning permission from your local authority unless the following criteria are met:

– the floor area of the resulting room must not exceed 30m2;

– the height of the room must not be taller than 4m;

– no part of the conversion can project beyond the plane of any existing walls facing a highway;

– any windows installed as part of the conversion must be glazed and have a minimum width of 450mm;

– the windows must be located so that they do not overlook a highway or neighbour’s property; and

– any doors installed as part of the conversion must be glazed and have a minimum width of 900mm.

As with any building work, it is always best to check with your local authority before starting

Although you may not need planning permission for a summer house, it is always best to check with your local authority before going ahead with any construction work.

If your summer house will be located within the grounds of your property, and will not be visible from the street, then it is unlikely that you will need planning permission. However, if your summer house will be located in your front garden, or will be visible from the street, then you may need planning permission.

It is always best to err on the side of caution and check with your local authority before proceeding with any construction work.

You can extend your home without planning permission if the extension falls within certain size limits and meets other specific criteria.

For a single-storey extension, you can extend up to four metres from the rear of a detached house, or three metres from the rear of a semi-detached or terraced house.

For a two-storey extension, you can extend up to three metres from the rear of a detached house, or two metres from the rear of a semi-detached or terraced house.

The height limits for extensions are four metres for a single storey extension and three metres for a two storey extension.

Your extension must not take up more than 50% of the land around the “original house”.

There are other restrictions on extensions, such as having to use certain types of materials that match the existing house. You should check with your local planning authority for specific guidance on extensions.

If you want to extend your home and your extension does not meet the criteria for a permitted development, you will need to apply for planning permission.

You can find more information on planning permission and extensions on the Planning Portal website.

Do You Need Planning Permission For a Driveway?

If you’re thinking about installing a driveway, you may be wondering if you need to get planning permission first. The answer to this question depends on a few factors, such as the size and location of your proposed driveway.

In most cases, driveways do not require planning permission. However, there are some exceptions. For example, if you’re planning to install a driveway that is more than 5 square meters in size, you will need to get permission from your local planning authority.

If you live in a conservation area or listed building, you may also need to get planning permission for your driveway. It’s always best to check with your local planning authority before starting any work

If you live in an urban area, chances are your driveway is the only place to park your car. And if you have a family, that means multiple cars. So, it’s no wonder that many homeowners want to widen their driveways to fit more vehicles. But what does that mean for your home? Do you need planning permission to widen your driveway?

In general, planning permission is not required to widen your driveway. However, there are some exceptions. For example, if you live in a conservation area or your property is listed, you will need to apply for planning permission.

If you’re not sure whether or not you need planning permission, it’s best to check with your local planning authority. They will be able to advise you on the specific regulations in your area.

It is always best to check with your local authority before starting any building work, to avoid any potential problems further down the line.

You will need to make sure that your garden room is not going to be too big or too close to any boundaries, as this could potentially cause problems with your neighbours. If you are in any doubt, it is always best to seek professional advice before starting any building work.

Planning permission can be a costly and time-consuming process, with fees varying depending on the size and scale of your project. The cost of applying for planning permission is typically around £100-£200 for small projects, and can rise to £2000 or more for larger developments.

If you’re thinking of undertaking a building project, it’s important to factor in the cost of planning permission and any other associated fees before you get started.

Can I Do My Own Planning Drawings?

The simple answer is yes, but when you can buy a set of professionally printed planning drawings for under £500 that includes completion of all the paperwork and submissions into the council why on earth would you want to?

Assuming you still want to go ahead and do your own drawings it’s important to understand the implications of doing so. If you decide to take on the task of creating your own planning drawings there are a few things you need to be aware of before getting started.

Firstly, it’s important to have a good understanding of the planning process and what is required in order to get your plans approved. There are a number of different rules and regulations that need to be adhered to, so it’s important to do your research before starting.

Once you have a good understanding of the process, you’ll need to create a detailed set of drawings which show your proposed development in detail. These should include all aspects of the development, such as the layout, dimensions and any proposed changes to the existing building.

Once you have your drawings complete, you’ll need to submit them to the planning authority for approval. This can be done either in person or online, but it’s important to make sure that all the required documentation is included with your application.

What Drawings Do You Need For Planning?

When you make an application for planning permission, you will need to submit a number of drawings as part of your application. The type and number of drawings required will depend on the scale and complexity of your proposed development.

As a minimum, you will need to submit:

A site plan showing the location of your proposed development in relation to its surroundings

A floor plan showing the layout of your proposed development

Elevations showing the external appearance of your proposed development

If your proposed development is large or complex, you may also need to submit:

A block plan showing the location of your proposed development in relation to its surroundings at a larger scale

A detailed floor plan showing the layout of your proposed development in more detail

Detailed elevations showing the external appearance of your proposed development in more detail

Sections through your proposed development showing how it would be constructed

Perspective views of your proposed development from key viewpoints

You should submit high quality drawings that are clear, legible and easy to understand. Your drawings should be drawn to an appropriate scale and should include all the information required to assess your application.

If you are unsure about what drawings you need to submit, you should seek professional advice from an architectural consultant such as Fixed Price Architecture.

The cost of an architect to draw up plans in the UK can vary depending on a number of factors, including the size and complexity of the project, the location, and the experience of the architect. However, as a general guide, you can expect to pay around 10-15% of the total construction cost for architectural services. This means that for a project with a total construction cost of £100,000, you would be looking at an architect’s fee of £10,000-£15,000 in drawings alone !

Of course, the cost of an architect is just one part of the overall cost of building a new home or carrying out major renovations. Other costs that need to be considered include the cost of the land, the cost of the builder, and the cost of materials. However, the architect’s fee is an important part of the overall budget and should be considered carefully before deciding to proceed with a project.

When choosing an architect, it is important to get several quotes in order to compare costs. It is also worth considering whether the architect you choose offers a fixed price or an hourly rate, as this can make a significant difference to the overall cost. In addition, it is worth asking for a breakdown of the fees so that you can

As a comparison, our fees to produce drawings for a similar sized project would be less under £1,000.00

Permitted development rights were introduced in 1948 and have been amended several times over the years. The latest changes came into effect on 30 May 2013.

The rules for permitted development allow you to carry out certain types of work without needing to apply for planning permission.

Permitted development rights are subject to some limits and conditions, and are different in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This guidance is for England only.

What work is considered to be permitted development?

The following types of work are generally considered to be permitted development:

– internal alterations, such as putting up stud walls, doors and windows (including rooflights), and fitting kitchens and bathrooms;

– minor external changes, such as putting up satellite dishes, garden sheds and greenhouses, and painting the exterior of your property;

-repair, maintenance and improvement work, such as re-roofing, guttering and downpipes; and

– installing or replacing windows and doors.

What are the limits and conditions?

There are some general limits and conditions that apply to all types of permitted development, such as:

– the work must not exceed 50% of the total area of land around the original property;

– the height of any extension must not be taller than the highest part of the roof;

– balconies, verandas and raised platforms are not allowed;

– the new work must not overlook or block a neighbour’s windows; and

– the exterior of the property must not be altered without planning permission.

There are also specific limits and conditions that apply to loft conversions, such as:

– the work must not exceed 40 cubic metres for terraced properties and 50 cubic metres for detached and semi-detached properties;

– the existing roof space must not be increased by more than 40 cubic metres for terraced properties and 50 cubic metres for detached and semi-detached properties;

– the height of any extension must not be taller than the highest part of the roof;

– windows in the conversion must be glazed and have a minimum width of 450mm;

– the windows must be located so that they do not overlook a highway or neighbour’s property; and

– any dormer windows must be located on the rear elevation of the property.

always check with your local authority before starting work to see if there are any other limits or conditions that apply.

What if I don’t meet the limits and conditions?

If you want to carry out work that does not meet the limits and conditions of permitted development, you will need to apply for planning permission from your local authority.

always check with your local authority before starting any work.

If your loft conversion will be at least 40m3 in volume, you will need to apply for planning permission from your local authority. The application process is the same regardless of whether you live in England or Wales.

If your property is a listed building or you live in a conservation area there may be different rules that apply so always check with your local authority before starting work.

 

In most cases, you will also need to submit a building regulations application along with your planning application. Building regulations

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