A complete design and build service to suit your budget with a guaranteed “all-in” price from the start.
You have decided you need additional space within your home but where do you start?
The first point of contact for most people is either a local builder or architect/designer, either should be able to give you a broad (sometimes very broad) estimate of cost. Our design and build service offers a revolutionary alternative.
Here is the current problem…..
- Builders can’t provide true quotes for large projects without having detailed plans and construction specification to work to. Generally, the best they can offer is a very vague estimate.
- Qualified Architects don’t tend to get involved with domestic work or if they do, you are paying a premium! Plans for domestic building works are often done by “designers” who know how to use software on a PC but have little experience with actual building works and can often be naive to what is actually possible and realistic (especially when working to a budget)
- Customers are rarely given the complete cost of design work upfront. To secure the work, designers will tell the customers their fees but will often be vague with regards to structural engineers costs, planning fees and building control fees which can impact the total design and planning costs considerably
- Customers are getting plans designed without having a realistic budget in mind. Customers often have an idea of what they would like the project to cost (or a vague idea of cost based on a rough price per m2 offered by the architect or builder.) It is so easy to get caught up in the design phase and with a few clicks of a button the designer can increase the size, include a roof lantern/bi-folding doors/glass walls/ additional roof windows…… The plans may look fantastic but those few clicks can easily push the price of the job up by tens of thousands of pounds!
- Costs are coming in higher than expected. When the customer has spent the past 12 weeks waiting for the plans to be approved and are now in a position to get builders quotes, they find that the costs are coming in way above their expectations and now have to take a chance on a builder who says they can deliver within budget or go back to the drawing board.
- Too many chefs in the kitchen nobody want to take responsibility! Its near impossible to include every detail in plans or foresee every eventuality but some of the plans we have worked to have been very wrong! The builder points out the designers mistakes, the designer might try to come up with a solution but more often than not washes his/her hands of responsibility and the customer nearly always ends up footing the bill.
LSM Builders are different…..
With our design and build service, we will come out to meet with you and discuss your requirements. We will discuss what you have in mind, find out what is feasible, offer advice and come up with an initial concept.
We will estimate a cost based on the size and spec of the build and offer alternative ideas to get the project within the desired budget. We might find that a loft conversion, garage conversion or cellar conversion can give you the additional space you require at a fraction of the cost of an extension.
The designers work closely with our builders and structural engineer to come up with great designs that are realistic, achievable and within budget
With our design and build service there is nobody else to blame. That is why our plans and construction specification are incredibly detailed and bespoke for each job (we need to make sure every aspect is covered)
We will provide a formal estimate to undertake all works as discussed including:
- Design work
- Planning applications and fees
- Structural calculations and construction specification
- Building control applications and fees
- All construction work, labour and materials
You will receive a full breakdown of the project:
- A time line for the project
- A detailed job schedule of works
- A payment schedule by project/build phase
- A start date and a completion date
- *** New for 2016 *** – 24/7 access to your “live file” Click the link to find out more
With our design and build service, we listen to what you want and we deliver! from concept to completion. A guaranteed build price from day one! No grey areas, no unexpected additional costs, no surprises!
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