How I work, Typical clients journey from inception to completion of typical project.
Below is a typical journey, from inception to completion of typical project, it differs on each project slightly and some projects do not have all stages. As the principal architect and engineer, I am happy to walk you through your specific journey. For a frequently asked questions visit FAQs on my website.
As the first step, you contact me and, ideally, provide me with a general information about your project, please refer to my website & contact form on Contact Page.
Initial Consultation Stage: If I can take on your project, (I only take a limited number of projects to ensure high quality of services) we will arrange an initial consultation to discuss your project requirements, vision, budget and schedule. During this stage, we will also get to know each other, and I will explain my role as the principal architect and engineer. Please note that there will be an initial consultation fee for this stage.
Inception Stage: Based on our discussion during the initial consultation, I will prepare a fee proposal outlining the cost of the services I will provide. We can review the fee proposal and alter it if required and once you agree to the fee proposal, we will move forward to the next stage.
Stage 1 - Initial Design: In this stage, we will work together to develop your brief & outline proposals for the project. We will take into consideration your requirements, vision, budget, and schedule, and develop preliminary designs.
Stage 2 - Developed Design: Once we have agreed on the outline proposals, we will develop more detailed proposal, including drawings, more accurate cost estimates, and other technical details to the level as required for planning application. I will work closely with you to finalise the design and, should it be required, prepare for planning application. If required, we will submit the planning application to the local authority and liaise with them to maximise probability of a successful outcome.
After this stage you can continue using my services as Principal Architect & Engineer or you can decide to engage with a contractor directly.
Should it be required, and if you will agree with my separate fee proposals, I can also act as Project Supervisor for Design process , Assigned Certifier, Design Certifier, Interior Designer etc. Please refer to my website & Services Page.
Stage 3 - Detailed Design: Once planning permission is granted, I will develop a comprehensive tender package and solicit bids from contractors. I will ensure that the proposed works comply with Building Regulations. We will review the bids and I will make recommendations to you.
Stage 4 - Construction Stage: The chosen contractor will begin construction, and I will provide ongoing site inspections and administration to ensure that the project is built to the required standard. I will ensure that the project is complete and in accordance with agreed documentation. I will provide all necessary documentation, and hand over the project to you.
Final Stage - Post-Occupancy Evaluation Stage: After the project is completed, I can offer post-occupancy evaluation services to you. I will monitor the building's performance, gather feedback from occupants, and identify any issues that need to be addressed. Based on the evaluation, I can provide recommendations for improving the building's performance and functionality.
It's important to note that I typically use standard RIAI contracts for my services. These contracts provide a framework for a fair and transparent working relationship between me and my clients and ensure that all parties are protected. I will explain the contract in detail during the inception stage and answer any questions you may have.
I hope this typical client journey helps you understand the process and the services I offer. I am committed to delivering a high-quality project that meets your vision, budget, and schedule, and providing you with excellent customer service along the way.