At OakenStone, we believe that your project should be kept as simple and straightforward as possible, regardless of how complex the task may seem. By bringing together the design and build processes from Day One , we believe we are able to deliver the perfect solution for your project on a budget you chose at the outset.
Tell us what your project must deliver, what you would like in addition and what you think you can't afford. We can give you an instant scale of cost and offer advice on the impact on your property value . As designers we will typically be able to see design options and instantly assess potential ways to fit all your requirements against guideline budgets.
The Feasibility Study—we will do an initial survey of the property and prepare one or more initial options drawn to scale together with associated costs options. We will also advise on planning and building regs requirements and any other potential costs or issues—party wall agreements, highways considerations etc. You can then choose whichever design option offers the best balance between your wishlist and your budget. Often at this stage it is a combination of elements from two or more options in which case we can advise on how these can be combined. This delivers a concept design that has been cost assessed and established as feasible , satisfying your requirements and appropriate for the property and location.
The feasibility study ensures the design phase of the project is on the right track from the start. Layout drawings and initial sketches now need to be developed either for the planning application process and/or for construction and building regs purposes. As we develop the design detail we can also provide more accurate costings. As experienced builders we are able to guide the design detail down more economic paths rather than those often chosen by architects. Thoughtful and informed construction design at this stage invariably pays off with either a reduced cost or more construction from the same budget.