What Services Do Capital A Provide?
Architectural services for any project are organised in a logical and linear process. To explain, we have set out the six steps in the order they would occur in the design and construction process.
Most of the projects Capital A deal with are house extensions or internal alterations to family homes.
We also offer a full range of services for clients who wish to self build their own home.
Each project starts with an initial consultation, where we discuss your ambitions for the property as well as your budget and time-scales. Capital A will provide a detailed fee quote after the initial consultation and, if the terms are acceptable, a formal appointment contract will be signed before design work begins.
While we can be flexible, most of our projects are house extensions and internal alterations located in Edinburgh, The Lothians, Fife and Dundee.
For details of the charges and costs associated with our services, please see the Architects Fees page.
Six Stages of a Project
1 - Feasibility Studies
Measuring the existing building or site. Drawing up simple plans or sketches. Establishing the budget and timescale for the project.
2 - Planning Approval
Preparing and lodging a planning application. Negotiating with planning officers. Addressing objections by neighbours.
3 - Building Warrant
Preparing and lodging a building warrant application. Working with a structural engineer. Working with an energy consultant. Preparing detailed, technical drawings of the project. Addressing queries by the local Building Standards department.
4 - Pre-Construction
Drafting a Scope of Works document describing every element of the project. Issuing tender packages to building contractors. Reviewing tender returns and negotiating the final construction price.
5 - Construction
Preparing a detailed construction contract between property owner and builder. Inspecting building work once per week. Writing regular reports to all parties. Issuing a valuation and payment certificate once per month. Controlling variations in costs and timescales during construction.
6 - Post-Construction
Inspecting the finished building and agreeing a list of defects, or ‘snagging’. Negotiating with building standards department to ensure completion certificate is issued. Controlling the release of retention funds to the contractor once a snagging items have been addressed.
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