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There is always an option to engage us for further feedback and you should make your enquiries to our email address should you wish to discuss this further.

We will reply to your emailed requests for feedback within 10 working days generally, however, holidays and illness may affect this time frame. We will endeavour to inform you of any disruptions to this time frame in good time, however, in the case of illness this may not be possible. Where illness disrupts the flow of feedback we will respond to you as soon as possible following the return to work of our architect.

you can email your questions / queries etc to at any time during the course, and for the three months following the completion of the 12 week teaching programme.

  • Module 1 = Defining your brief. This module will guide you through all the information you will need to have to clearly define your brief for you dream extension. You will get really clear on why you need to extend; how you want your home to work for you and your lifestyle; the spaces you need, their sizes and relationships to the other spaces within your home; how best to extend – whether it’s a single storey extension, a 2 storey extension, or a combination of the two.
  • Module 2 = Surveying your existing property. This module will guide you through drawing and measuring your existing house & garden; we’ll list out all the equipment you will need to do this; we’ll show you what you need to draw & measure, and how best to do so; and we’ll show you how to mark up your survey drawings to help you when you come to drawing up your survey.
  • Module 3 = Producing your as existing drawings. We’ll discuss drawing to scale; hand or computer drawings; what equipment you’ll need to produce your drawings; and how to translate your rough survey drawings into to scale presentable drawings.
  • Module 4 = Space Planning. In this module we delve into mapping out your new spaces in relation to your existing house and any orientation / view requirements you have defined in your brief.
  • Module 5 = Designing your extension. In this module you will learn some basic design principles to help you develop your ideas into a well thought out design that is functional and practical and complies with various regulations.
  • Module 6 = Planning and permitted development rights. This module will help you decide what sort of application you need to submit, and it will walk you through how to prepare and submit that application.

This course consists of 6 modules. Each module takes 2 weeks – the first week of each module includes a presentation which teaches you what that module covers, & the supporting content to help you work through what you’ve learnt during that module. During the second week of each module there will be a live implementation session held within the Facebook group where you can ask us anything you need to to help you progress with your project.

Defining Your Brief - FAQ's

There is always an option to engage us for further involvement in your project, and you should make your enquiries to our email address should you wish to discuss this further.

If you purchase the optional extra feedback bonus we will reply to your emailed requests for feedback within 10 working days generally, however, holidays and illness may affect this time frame. We will endeavour to inform you of any disruptions to this time frame in good time, however, in the case of illness this may not be possible. Where illness disrupts the flow of feedback we will respond to you as soon as possible following the return to work of our architect.

The introductory offer price will end at midnight on the 31st July 2019. If you purchase this course before then you will get it at the reduced rate advertised.

It is available to purchase now, at the introductory offer rate, which will get you a place on the waiting list, however, the course material will not be available for you to use until 1st August 2019.

This course will be available on purchase from the 1st August 2019. It consists of a pre-recorded presentation and supporting content for you to work through to produce your brief for you own home extension at your leisure. You can also buy the optional extra of receiving our personal feedback on your brief so that you can refine it further before you set about finding the right professional for you and your project.

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You can either go back to your architect or designer and have them re-work the scheme. However, there may be cost implications to this that you might not be comfortable bearing.


You could employ another design professional to start the process again; this again will come with potentially some pretty hefty financial implications.


The third option is you can attend one of our day long design workshops where a small group of people who are seeking to improve their designs come together for a day, we take a look at the schemes you already have and workshop ideas to improve them. By the end of the day you will have a design that you are happy with and excited about.

If you know what you are doing then by all means, this is an option for you, however, this is only really an option if you know how to measure and draw your existing house, what the planning policies in your area are, what you can and can’t achieve given your situation, location, neighbouring properties etc, if you have an understanding of design and building regulations so that your design achieves the best possible results and complies with building regulations requirements, and if you have an understanding of what is required to support any application you submit.

If you don’t feel you have the necessary skills listed above, but still want to take control of your project, you might like to consider taking our course – “Design your dream home extension in 6 simple steps”. This course will walk you through the steps necessary for you to design your dream home extension, whilst getting support from a fully qualified architect, to achieve the best possible outcome and realise the home of your dreams at a fraction of the cost you would have to pay for an architect, plus you get to learn all the skills necessary to repeatedly undertake extension projects of your own.

Firstly, if you haven’t been recommended anyone by a friend or family member and don’t know where to start, I would search the internet for local practices, take a look at the website for examples of their work and information about what drives them as a practice to see if you think they might be a good fit for you and your project. Once you find a practice, or practices, that you like, arrange an initial site meeting to discuss your requirements. Before that initial meeting its worth spending some time defining your brief so the architect(s) has a really good idea of what you are trying to achieve with your project. Below is a checklist of things to include on your brief

  • What is the purpose of your extension/new build – who is it for?
  • What spaces are required for these people? (bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, studies etc)
  • What do you want in these spaces?
  • Do you need more storage?
  • How are these spaces laid out – single or double storey?
  • How the spaces need to interact – what is the flow through the spaces?
  • Is this your forever home?
  • Do you want to avoid major structural changes?
  • Have you got views you want to make the most of? If so, what direction are they in?
  • Do you want open plan living and/or separate spaces for different activities?


If you can give this information to your architect this will help them to understand exactly what you are trying to achieve. If you would like help in defining your brief we will soon be offering a short course on the subject where we walk you through the process and give you examples and worksheets to enable you to clearly define your brief.

Not necessarily, it depends on a number of factors but there are things that can be constructed under permitted development. To see the permitted development rights follow this link –


Generally speaking you can construct a single storey extension to the rear of your property, as long as it projects past the rear wall of the original house by no more than 3m for a semi-detached or terraced property, and no more than 4m for a detached property, and in all cases, it does not exceed 4m in height. You can also construct a single storey extension to the side of the original house as long as it does not exceed more than half the width of the original house (measured at its widest point), and exceed 4m in height. If you have a listed building, or are in a conservation area, SSSI etc, these rights may not apply to you. There are many factors to be considered as to whether a project might be permitted development or not, so if you are unsure after reading the guidance, please seek advice from a professional such as an architect or planning consultant.

Not necessarily; in the UK, unlike many countries around the world, the function of an architect is not protected, meaning anyone can design a building. There are many draughts people and architectural designers and technologists about who, whilst not being architects, are perfectly capable of designing buildings. However, there are many benefits to appointing a fully qualified architect, the first of which is that they are regulated and can be held accountable should they fall short of the standards required by the ARB’s code of conduct. Also, the very fact that they are qualified, and on the ARB’s register of architects, shows that they are competent, and have the ability to undertake the work, whereas an architectural designer, draughts person, or other such designer, may not have the skills required to perform that tasks you need them to perform. Employing an architect who is on the register (you can not be on the ARB’s register if you have not gained the necessary qualifications, and if you are calling yourself an architect whilst not being on the register you are breaking the law, as the title ‘architect’ is protected by law) means that the risks will be managed as architects are required to carry appropriate insurances thereby protecting the client in the event that anything should go wrong, such as – the building not complying with building regulations, delays to the build resulting in financial loss and design defects requiring costly rectification.


Even though anyone can perform the function of an architect, protection of the title of architect allows clients to identify those that are architects and those that are not. This is an important and valued commodity as evidenced by the fact that “the online Register is searched nearly 29,000 times every month.” Architects have also been through years of training to learn how to design spaces that work, which other designers may not have been trained to do. So, it’s up to you if you wish to employ a fully qualified professional who can be held up to a rigorous set of standards, or wish to give your local architectural designer or draughts person a go at producing the designs you require.

There is no fixed answer for this question I’m afraid. The cost of design work varies from project to project, as each individual job is precisely that, with its own set of constraints and opportunities. Often an architect will attend an initial meeting with a potential client for free, at the property or site in question, to discuss the clients requirements and to get a feel for the existing situation. Following that initial meeting an architect will put together a fee proposal for the works discussed; this fee proposal will often be a fixed amount for a defined amount of work taking the project to the point at which a planning application is made. If planning permission is granted you may then require building regulations drawings, detail drawings, specifications and a schedule of work, going out to tender for competitive quotes from contractors and finally contract administration & inspection of work on site. Usually these items are fixed fees, with the exception of inspection of work on site which can often be charged as a percentage of the contract sum. However, each practice, or architect, may have their own pricing structure so this can vary.

You should think about the type of architecture you wish to practice – residential, commercial, conservation etc, and research practices so you can apply to those you are truly interested in working at. It might be worth calling first to see if they have any positions open, and to find out who to address your inquiry to. Then you will need to send them a covering letter, your C.V and some examples of your work. Your covering letter should explain why you would like to work there and what you think you can bring to the practice. You will need to have a portfolio of work to show a potential employer which is presented in plastic pockets in a physical portfolio which you can discuss at an interview. You will also need to prepare a great looking C.V. As architecture is a visual profession it would be great to prepare something which stands out and demonstrates your abilities in a visual way – look online for examples of many creative C.V solutions. You can also join Architects Articulate for feedback on your C.V and portfolio presentation. Once you have an interview lined up make sure you dress for the occasion; even if the practice has a casual dress code, being smart at an interview shows you are serious about working there. Think about what you’d like to say about the projects you will present, then try to relax and be open and friendly during the interview, and remember to smile ?


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