Architectural Services

CR Designs’ architectural services will get your building project started

The initial stages of your home building project might seem daunting, but we provide the architectural services you need to get going – from developing that initial idea to applying for planning permission.

Architectural services for every type of home renovation project

New builds, renovations, extensions, loft or garage conversions… Whatever building project you have in mind, we can get your planning permission drawings designed and ready for planning approval within 2-3 weeks.

During this time, our talented team will take that very first idea from concept design through to planning application – working with you every step of the way.

The perfect architectural team

We will assemble a design team to deliver the right architectural services for your project. With decades of experience between us, we will be able to develop your ideas and even suggest some of our own.

What’s more, one of the team will be your project manager, who will be your dedicated point of contact for the duration of your project.

An architect working on planning permission drawings
Concept design& planning permission drawings

Your architectural design team will complete the drawings required for the planning application within 2-3 weeks.

We'll start by preparing a full set of drawings showing the floor plans, roof plan and elevations of your existing house.

The next step is to prepare the set of proposed drawings based on your ideas, sketches and any example images you send.

  • Unlimited revisions: This is your project and we will work with you to make it a reality. You can have unlimited amendments and revisions to your planning permission drawings until everything is just right. Whilst we work remotely, if you fancy putting some faces to names we can have a screen-sharing session and/or video call to discuss your project.
  • 3D modelling & Ordnance Survey map: If you need some help visualising what is being designed, we can prepare a 3D model of your project showing the existing and proposed building. We will also provide a licence for the OS map, valid for 1 year.
  • Feasibility check: When the drawings are done, one of our experienced structural engineers will perform an initial review of the project to ensure the layout is feasible.
Planning permission & permitted development

One of the architectural services we provide as part of our planning drawings package is a full check of your project against local and national planning permission advice and rule. We will use this to determine the type of planning application required.

This will be either:

  1. Planning permission, which requires details of proposed finishes, materials, and the exact dimensions of the scheme.

or

  1. Certificate of Lawful Development within the rules of permitted development, which only requires concept designs.

Whether your project requires planning permission, or it can be completed under permitted development rules, we still prepare the same comprehensive package of drawings.

Find out more about the planning process and permitted development.

House extensions may require full planning permission or could fall under permitted development rules
Visualising planning permission drawings
Submitting the planning application

Once you are happy with your drawings, we will submit the planning permission application to your local council.

As mentioned above, this will be one of the following:

  • A full planning application
  • An application for a Certificate of Lawful Development.

As part of our architectural services, we will prepare and submit the application for you. For no extra charge, we will act as the agent for the duration of the application, and deal with the council on your behalf.

Please note that the council’s planning application fees are not included in our packages.
The measured survey

Before we can produce your planning permission drawings, we need a measured survey.

You can provide the measured survey and photos yourself – find out more in our Knowledge Hub.

Alternatively, CR Designs can carry out the measured survey on your behalf. This is an additional architectural service we provide - find out more about our measured survey packages.

House extension planning permission drawings
Our concept design & planning packages

Our comprehensive and affordable packages cover the architectural services you need to get your building project started, including:

  • Your own architectural design team
  • Planning permission advice and a full check of your project against local and national planning rules to determine the type of planning application required.
  • Screen-sharing session and/or video call to discuss your project (optional).
  • Unlimited amendments/revisions.
  • A 3D model of your project showing the existing and proposed building (optional)
  • An initial review of the project by one of our structural engineers to ensure the layout is feasible.
  • A licence for the OS map, valid for 1 year.
  • All drawings required for the planning permission application.
  • Planning permission drawings ready to submit within 2-3 weeks.
  • Submission of full planning application, or an application for a Certificate of Lawful Development (Note: Planning application fees are not included).
  • We will be the agent for the duration of the application, and deal with the council on your behalf.

Our design packages are suitable for all types of house extension, renovation and self-build projects.

CR Design’s architectural services can help turn your building dream into reality

Get in touch with our team today for further information and to request a quotation.

 

What's next?

Once planning permission or a Certificate of Lawful Development  for your drawings is obtained, you are ready to take your project to the next stage.

We can provide design support services for the duration of your project, including building control drawings and structural design calculations.

Our team will also be on hand to provide design and planning permission advice until your building project is completed.

Spotlight on:

House extensions

Depending on factors such as size and materials used, house extensions can fall under permitted development rules or require full planning permission. Find out more about planning your house extension here.

House extensions may require full planning permission or could fall under permitted development rules

Our other services

Building Regulation
Drawings

Your building control application includes a set of technical drawings and construction details for the project.

Structural Engineering Services

Most projects will require a structural design report as part of the building control application.

Measured Building
Surveys

A measured survey includes key information to complete planning drawings including measurements, sketches and photos.

5-star rated service

"CR Design were brilliant from first contact. They were extremely efficient and were very prompt in answering all my questions in relation to our garage conversion. They were very proactive in communicating with us and I only have positive things to say. I would not hesitate to use them again for our next project."

"Chris worked with us during the planning and design stage of our downstairs remodel. He was very patient as we went through the design iterations and with his team, took care of the drawings and building control application. We couldn't recommend more highly the professional and friendly service."

"Chris has provided us with a fantastic service. Great job and communication throughout....Very prompt service, highly recommended."

"Caroline & Christopher of CR Design Services were great to work with. They were both very supportive, efficient and very knowledgeable. I would have no hesitation in recommending them and working with them in the future. Thanks."

"Used CR Design Services for calculations and drawings for an extension/new build. We found the company through a web-search. Amazing response and turnaround times and Chris was always happy to help if we needed to changes to the design. High quality service and excellent value. Highly recommend and would definitely use again."

"CR Design were brilliant from first contact. They were extremely efficient and were very prompt in answering all my questions in relation to our garage conversion. They were very proactive in communicating with us and I only have positive things to say. I would not hesitate to use them again for our next project."

"Chris worked with us during the planning and design stage of our downstairs remodel. He was very patient as we went through the design iterations and with his team, took care of the drawings and building control application. We couldn't recommend more highly the professional and friendly service."

"Chris has provided us with a fantastic service. Great job and communication throughout....Very prompt service, highly recommended."

"Caroline & Christopher of CR Design Services were great to work with. They were both very supportive, efficient and very knowledgeable. I would have no hesitation in recommending them and working with them in the future. Thanks."

"Used CR Design Services for calculations and drawings for an extension/new build. We found the company through a web-search. Amazing response and turnaround times and Chris was always happy to help if we needed to changes to the design. High quality service and excellent value. Highly recommend and would definitely use again."

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