Frequently asked questions

FAQ

We have collected the frequently asked question FAQ by former and current clients. These follow the RIBA prescribed the standard stages a project goes through as the Plan of Work 2020.

What is the first step?

We will require any layout you have from your estate agent or old blueprints of the existing building. Following on from that, we will have a meeting to establish the wishes and the wants of your brief. 

Then, we will then require a full survey in Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) format. If you do not have such, we can refer you to a surveying company to complete this for you. Once we obtain the set of drawings from the surveying company, then we will commence working on your project. In the initial stage we will develop the Brief with you and offer you an outline proposals. This stage Includes: site visits and client meetings to set direction and brief for the project. Then we will research and develop the design options, subsequent refinement of sketch proposals. At the end of the stage, we will develop a full set of CAD drawn information for planning application.

Here you can download our pdf showing the process

How will we receive the drawings? FAQ

The drawings will be available to you immediately after payment at completion of each stage.  They will be in a PDF format available either per email or downloadable link like WeTransfer to Dropbox.

What is Included in your services?

It varies based on the package you select.  There are currently three options available:

Basic Service

Intended for basic layout and design services. This package may include only kitchen floor plan, stairs or a particular detail to resolve a situation. This may be only planning drawings or to deal with a local trust submission. These drawings are intended to aid you evaluating whether this is the right design for you.  

This covers only part of the RIBA stages. You may decide to employ our architectural services on stage by stage basis or only for the part of the house. 

Standard Service

This Package covers all RIBA stages 0-6 covering all aspects of a construction project of any size. 

Premium Service

This package includes the RIBA Standard Service and offers more items like : interior design, visits to showrooms and allows for more design meetings. 

Stages

Stage 1-2 Pre-Planning and Planning Drawings

Intended to use for obtaining planning consent. A variation of these drawings will be used for Listed Building Conservation Consent, or a local trust consent.   

Stage 3-4 Detailed proposals, Production information

The output of this stage is to develop, in collaboration with the consultant team. The drawings and specifications are detailed and commensurate with the level of service you would expect to receive from a high end architectural design studio.  There is a huge amount of value included with this package. 

The detailed design and construction information, and specifications to enable us to proceed to tender with reasonable cost accuracy. Drawings and details include Design Schedules and Specification:

  • General Arrangement Layout

  • Electrical layout

  • bathrooms detailed 

  • Setting out Kitchen design 

  • Electrical and lighting schedule 

  • Sanitary schedule

  • Finishes Schedule

  • Doors Schedule 

  • Area schedule

  • Radiators and heated towel rails schedule 

  • Ironmongery Schedule

This is a significant element of work which will describe in full, the design and construction of the project. At the end of this stage you will be able to choose a construction company. 

Can we change anything? FAQ

Yes of course. After all it’s your project, we want it to be just right for you. The process is bespoke to you. We work with you to personalise the layout.  We will have sufficient meetings and introduce all items on your brief as per your request. However, the design process is dynamic and we anticipate our clients to change opinions and requests. There are broadly speaking four stages in the process and you will be able to introduce one change per stage. The process is as follows: we require an instruction from you via an email and we will review the intended modifications. Be sure to send along any dimensions or a detailed description of the changes you would like made. Please bear in mind if you make changes during the construction phase this may have cost implications. 

How much will it cost to construct?

This will vary based on your location. Latest figures in London (*2020), typically to expect the net construction costs between £1,500-£1,700/square meter (this excludes VAT, professional fees and external local authorities). You should assign a notional budget which is referred to the net construction budget compiles of all items and packages which are fixed and fitted, such as walls, doors, bathrooms fixtures and fittings, kitchen and built-in units, ventilation and associated mechanical and electrical services etc. Please note this will be both for client and architect’s choice. For budgeting purposes you should be aware that it is the norm for construction rates to be quoted excluding Vat and professional fees. You will want to take account of this when assembling the overall budget costs as opposed to net construction rates.  

What other services do you offer? FAQ

We offer a range of additional services and we work with a great team of specialist consultants. Interior design is optional and will be charged separately. Please follow the link to see the list of our partners.  Interiors for example falls inside the shell and core of the architectural appointment ie. 

  •     Built in and fixed joinery 

  •     Specialist wall coverings 

  •     Bespoke or unusual floor finishes 

  •     Soft furnishing 

  •     Free standing furniture

  •     Window dressing

The extent of services and involvement will be tailored with you. 

Can we copy the drawings? FAQ

Certainly, just remember the drawings are licensed for use in constructing only for your home. By using the drawings, you are agreeing to the licensing terms, which spell this out in more detail.  Drawings may be distributed for example to Contractors & Subcontractors and manufacturers, so that they are able to price and build your project. However, you can’t freely distribute it to others to construct their homes too.  Studio Basheva retains the copyrights for the drawings and allows you to use them for the duration of the project.

Are you available during construction to answer questions? FAQ

Of course.  We inspect the construction site and it is part of the RIBA stage 5. We will consult with you and guide you about any remaining decisions you might need to make or walk you through some of the details.  Contact us to schedule a time to talk. This stage is usually part of the Standard or Premium package.

COVID 19 FAQ

At Studio Basheva we are adjusting working practices due to the outbreak of Covid-19 which is now a globally established viral pandemic. The risks to most individuals still remains low but for some (especially the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions) it can be fatal. As a business we need to make changes to protect our most vulnerable staff, their families and our clients.

We strictly follow UK government regulations in terms of Health&Safety for our clients, staff and collaborators. We all have a part to play in slowing the spread of the infection to protect the vulnerable, reduce the impact on health services and protecting each other’s livelihood. Fortunately, as a business Studio Basheva is well prepared to face this kind of challenge.

Site Visits

Government advice is that there is no need to cancel or postpone activities at this time, but it is possible that this may change as current situation is changing daily, advice is to continue business as normal and to remain fully operational. The stance from RIBA is that Building Control Performance Standards, which is the home for the site inspection standards should continue to be adhered to and while remote inspection techniques using photos are acceptable in some circumstances they are not to be relied upon as a complete alternative method of ascertaining the compliance of work on site.

Should inspections be suspended following government advice, or as an operational decision by managers as a temporary measure we can however accept extensive photographic evidence from clients for intermediate inspections. You should prepare to delay works starting and be aware that completion inspections and certificates could be delayed. All of the above actions taking into account guidance in the government published ‘Risk assessment decision making tool for building control bodies’ document’.

External Business Meetings

We recognise the need to reduce the number of meetings/inspections at this time and if you are asked us to attend a meeting we will still look to take part via Zoom, Skype or FaceTime in order to reduce the possibility of infection. As a business we recognise the situation remains fluid and information continues to change on a daily basis. Therefore, we will continue to evaluate the situation and will try to mitigate any impact where necessary. We remain committed to providing the industry standard in architecture and we will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.

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