THE ARCHITECT DESIGN STUDIO in Leeds, Yorkshire understands and appreciates that the decision to build is, or could be one of the largest investments you are likely to make and we are there to help you, every step of the way.
We pride ourselves on our creative and analytical approach in design with particular attention to detail. We tailor our professional service around you so that we successfully communicate and transform the ideas of your building project in the most effective way from the initial design brief through to procurement.
In many circumstances, if the project will allow for it, we strive to push the eco-button on sustainability in building design and construction.
We have successfully navigated projects through the technically challenging labyrinth of statutory Planning and Building Regulations Approvals and we oversee all aspects of the construction process, from inception to completion.
We specialise in the use of Hempcrete (or ‘hemp-lime’) alongside other bio-composite naturally sustainable materials such as Cob and Straw Bale with the aim of reducing our carbon footprint to provide ‘greener’ homes in an ever-changing climate.
We work alongside a body of comprehensive professionals to achieve your aspirations and if you feel like uniting with the ever-growing eco-warriors, contact us and we would gladly help you on this satisfying journey.
“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” A famed quote from a famous Architect Frank Lloyd Wright who phrased the term biomorphic architecture, ultimately becoming a new ‘ism’ in architectural design.
He did not suggest creating pastiche copies of nature, rather allowing nature to become an inspiration in design.
With this curiosity in mind, The Architect Design Studio has delved into the depths of how nature has perfected its design thereby allowing us to extract symbolisms and analogies within nature and incorporate them in building design.
We invite you to discover some of our conceptual designs that have been derived from nature and we hope you enjoy the experience.
Meet, greet and establish the brief:
We look forward to arranging a meeting with you to discuss your aspirations over a hot cuppa.
During our conversation, we will make notes and possibly doodle a sketch or two to fully understand your ideas and formulate those ideas into an established brief.
If you are a homeowner looking to renovate or extend your existing property, we will undertake a full measured survey to determine the best solution in order to meet the brief.
If you are a self-builder, wishing to develop your site, we will obtain relevant topographical surveys to establish any constraints on the development.
As such, the measured survey forms the basis of all the drawings that follow.
Feasibility Studies and Concept Design:
Having understood your introductory brief, we will explore whether the briefs’ demands can be accommodated in terms of economic viability i.e. the total cost of the project/budget.
The concept design represents the initial response to the project brief and we welcome your active involvement during the design process.
Statutory Planning and Listed Building Applications:
As the name suggests, this is the legal process of determining whether the proposed development/s can be permitted.
Once you have approved the concept design in principle, we will develop the design to planning standards including all the necessary supplementary documentation in order to make planning and/or listed building applications.
Building Regulations Applications:
Following Planning approval, the approved set of documents are developed to form a Building Regulations Application.
We provide a detailed set of building regulations drawings/specification package along with contractors working drawings in order to give a detailed overview of the construction of the building.
Tender process in selecting the right builder:
In addition to the concise Building Regulations package of works noted above, the contractors working drawings enables the contractors who are willing to tender, to accurately price the build.
Unless you have a preferred contractor in mind, we will prepare an invitation to trusted, competent contractors for your project.
Contract Administration and monitoring the building work to completion:
At this stage, the project work has started and the build is underway. As Contract Administrator, we would act as the interface between you as the client and the contractor, overseeing quality and cost throughout the procurement period.
Completing the project and Construction Health and Safety (CDM ’15) documentation:
Once the project has been completed, we prepare a handover file comprising all the approved documentation, all drawing / specification packages, certificates, and Construction Health and Safety (CDM ’15) documentation for your records. As such, this provides you the peace of mind that your project has been implemented in accordance with all regulations.
So, whether you are looking to build your dream home or purely thinking of extending or renovating your existing home, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.