You will always have to start with a set of architectural floor plans, whether you’re doing a loft conversion, house extension, or new build.
Along with property photography, a quality set of drawings can assist you in visualising your project long before you make a decision as to whether to proceed to build it or not. As a matter of fact, investing in a simple concept package is worth it even before buying a new property as it will assist you in understanding what is practical for future investments
You will require a set of plan designs to make an application for either a lawful development certificate or planning permission.
For many projects, you will require the following construction drawing types to apply for a legal development or planning permission certificate.
Existing Floor Plans
This is an accurate drawing of what the building actually appears as of today. Appointing somebody to conduct a measured property survey may be what your architect wants, but at times, it’s possible to use existing drawings to put the preferred plans together.
Design Floor Plans
This is basically your proposed design plan, which takes into account your future needs, personal taste, and planning rules in your area. Permitted development rights cover particular types of house extensions. Still, regardless, you will want to make an application to get a legal development certificate, so that you have the evidence showing the case at the time of sale.
They are vertical plans that show the interior or exterior walls’ layout, which includes kitchen cabinets and or windows.
When you have managed to secure planning permission, the next essential type of construction planning is getting building regulation drawings. Your architect can help you commission these. They offer an in-depth plan where every specific element is placed together with the materials that are required for use. The construction crew can use it as a guide as they make their own distinctive drawings which may include:
Before you start building, you will want a structural engineer taking a look at your plans and existing property. This will typically entail your structural drawings, which consist of details on size/placement and building materials of any reinforcements.
All your wiring system is shown, including where inbuilt lights and plug sockets are placed. Ensure you have come to an agreement with your electrician at the beginning of the project, considering that even a small detail can prove to be expensive and complicated to alter, especially if you have them wrong.
Plumbing and Sanitary Drawings
These offer an extensive layout for all your sanitation, pipes, and bathroom fixtures and should consider any findings of a CCTV survey (conducted before the project begins).
And finally, at any planning stage (but the sooner, the better!), you should consider buying a set of 3D renders. These are not like construction drawings but are especially of use if you are making plans that will assist you in selling your home, considering how they bring to life the finished material.