Our Services

Our services are listed below. Click an image to see project examples.

Planning Application for house extension

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Planning Applications

Planning Application drawings prepared for 'new builds', house extensions and loft conversion projects. We can also prepare and submit your application to your local authority, and act as your agent for the duration of the project.

Building Regulations drawing package for house extension.

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Building Regulation Drawings

Building Regulation drawing and specification packages prepared for 'new builds', house extensions and loft conversion projects. We can also prepare and submit your application to your local authority, and act as your agent for the duration of the project.

Agricultural Planning Example

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Structural Design Services

Structural design services for 'new builds', house extensions and loft conversion projects. All project sizes undertaken from a single beam to full structural schemes. Fully insured.

Inspiring Design Ideas

Shown below are our three most popular articles for house extensions, new builds, and home renovations. Click here to see all articles.

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House Extension Costs

The cost of a house extension can very massively. There are so many variables to consider. To provide a very rough guide, we have put together some example costs of various house extension projects.

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Glazed Gable End

Glazed gable ends are a great way to increase natural light into a room by maximising the amount of glazing. They can add an attractive feature to your extension. This article explores some of the things to consider when including a glazed gable in your design.

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Loft Conversion

Converting your existing loft space can be the most cost-effective way to create an extra room, or even an extra storey, in your house. This article covers some of the options for roof types, stairs, and roof lights.


Project Stages

The stages below are for a typical house extension project.

1. Survey Stage

You will be required to measure your house and produce a survey sketch (this is much cheaper than having an Architect visit your home with a tape measure!). Survey sketches are really easy to produce, and they just need to show the layout of the house, room names and sizes, door and window positions. Click Here to see some examples.

2. Design Stage

Drawings are prepared showing the existing and proposed house. The proposed drawings will be based on your ideas, sketches and any example images you send. We will help you refine your ideas and suggest alternatives. Take a look at our Articles section for some ideas and design inspiration.
 

3. Planning Application

Some projects would fall within the rules of Permitted Development and therefore do not require a formal planning application. All other projects must be submitted to your local council for review. The Planning Application will require details of proposed finishes, materials, and the exact dimensions of the scheme.

4. Building Control

A Building Control package (also known as Building Regulations) is a set of drawings and a construction specification for every aspect of the project (such as thermal insulation, roof construction details, foundation types, wall build-ups etc…) We can help with this stage even if you didn't use us for the design and planning stages.

5. Structural Design

We can also prepare the structural design for your project and submit it to the Council as part of the Building Control application. This will include all the structural information required by your local authority to sign off the Building Control application, your builder will also need the structural design package for them to follow during the build.

6. Project Completion

The project is handed over to your chosen builder. During this stage, the Council will visit the site and inspect the work to make sure it adheres to the Building Control package. We will provide design support for the duration of the project and are always on hand to provide advice if required.
 

Our Team

CR Design Services is a team of Engineers, Architects and Technicians based in the North East of England, providing a range of design services. Our team has a wealth of knowledge and experience in house extension projects, new build design and bespoke structural design. Below are some of the team members that may be working on your next project.

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Chris Richards

Technical Director

Chris graduated from Northumbria University and went on to gain over 15 years of experience within the construction and engineering industry. He is a professional member of the Engineering Council and a technical member of the Institute of Civil Engineers. Chris acts as lead designer and runs the day-to-day operating of the business. In his spare time, Chris enjoys DIY, cooking and snowboarding.

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Kevin Harrison

Systems Director

Kevin completed his undergraduate studies at Newcastle University and then studied at Durham University postgrad. From a computer science background, Kevin looks after the behind the scenes aspects of the business, including maintaining systems, the website and looking after financial aspects. Kevin is passionate about retro computing and is an avid reader.

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Ambrose Yuen

Senior Structural Engineer

Ambrose graduated from Newcastle University and went on to gain over 35 years of experience as a structural engineer working on a wide range of projects from bridge design to low-rise housing design. Whilst working for a local council, Ambrose would check building control calculations. This has positioned him well for his current role, he now prepares the calculations for building control submissions.


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Charlie Law

Senior Structural Engineer

Charlie is an Incorporated Engineer and Associate Member of the Institute of Structural Engineers. He has a total of 40 years experience as a consultant engineer for a wide range of structural projects including housing, hospitals, hotels, sports centres, shopping centres, and 15 years within the oil and gas industry. A keen trumpet player, Charlie was a member of a three-part brass section in a Soul and R&B band playing gigs across the North East of England.

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Laura Hall

Architectural Technician

Laura graduated with a Master of Architecture from Northumbria University after completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in the same discipline at Manchester University. Laura has been involved in numerous housing projects, from preparing planning and building regulation packages for house extensions, to creating concept designs and visualisations for grand design style retrofits. When not working, Laura can be found exploring historic towns and countryside in her hiking boots or at home experimenting with new crafts techniques.

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Nathan Borsberry

Architectural Technician

Currently studying Mechanical Engineering and Architecture at Northumbria University. Nathan has experience in design for manufacture and architectural design. As well as preparing designs for house extensions and new build projects, Nathan provides draughting support for our engineers. Outside of work, Nathan enjoys motorcycling and can often be found dismantling and refurbishing his collection of motorcycles.



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Yves Turmel

Architectural Technician

Yves graduated from Northumbria University with a First Class Honours degree and then went on to gain his Post Graduate Certificate in Interior Design. Yves has experience preparing drawing packages and visualisations for house design and planning applications. Outside of work Yves enjoys travelling; trying to visit somewhere new each year, as well as photography.

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Interested in a career at C.R. Design Services

We are always looking to add talented and passionate professionals to our growing team of Engineers and Technicians. If you feel that you could bring something special to C.R. Design Services, please contact us by using the form at the bottom of the web page and indicate in the project address entry field that your enquiry is regarding recruitment.


Frequently asked questions

Do I need Planning Permission?

If in doubt Contact Us about whether or not you need Planning Permission for your project. Even if your project does not require Planning Permission, it may still require a Building Control application.

Do you cover my area?

We operate nationwide. If you live in the UK we can help you with your project. We have experience working with many of the local authorities throughout the UK.

Do you need to visit my property?

No. We operate remotely and will ask you to send us the information for your project such as survey sketches and photos. This helps us keep our fees low and stay competitive. To see an example of what we would require from you for a survey sketch Click Here.

Do you provide a structural survey service?

No. If you require a structural survey (to assess condition/damage) for your property, we would recommend contacting a local structural surveyor.

How do I prepare a survey sketch?

To see an example of what we would require from you for a survey sketch Click Here.

How much will it cost?

We provide individual fixed price quotes for every project. Contact Us for a no-obligation quote.

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