Householder Services

Introduction

It makes sense to consult BDK Architects, whether you are planning to build a new house or flat, to alter or extend your present home, to remodel your living space, to employ a builder, or just do it yourself.

We recognise for a private householder their building project represents a very important undertaking and a very significant investment. We attach the same amount of importance to your needs and objectives as you do. A Senior Architect is directly involved during the project’s development to give the attention and care that every individual project deserves. We passionately believe that any domestic project will benefit from our expert design input and creativity.

BDK Architects will guide you through these four Project Steps:

Consult BDK Architects: We assist you with defining your desires and objectives for your project, identifying the risks involved and imaginatively and expertly interpreting your ideas. Confirm BDK Architects appointment for your project.

Prepare an Exciting Design: We will work with you developing a design that imaginatively realises your objectives, optimises your investment, is economic to build and run, and brings you years of comfort, delight, enjoyment and pleasure.

Secure Statutory Approvals: We will prepare the information for and seek the approvals needed before your project can be built, including making the application for Planning consent (covering the projects compliance with Planning Law and Policy) and Building Bye-Law consent (covering the projects compliance with technical, practical, health & safety and functional requirements).   Then you are set to progress onto the final stage.

Undertake the Build: Realise your project with BDK managing the construction phase including selecting suitable builders, obtaining competitive prices, entering into a water-tight contract, monitoring on-site progress/quality standards/safety, agreeing valuations/payments, arranging input of other design specialists, and overseeing construction co-ordination to successful completion. Occupy & enjoy!

Initial Consultation (Complimentary at no charge and no obligation to proceed)

At BDK Architects we do not make any charge for our initial visit to discuss your project or building needs. During this preliminary consultation, we will identify your requirements and suggest possible options.  We will also explain the process of developing the project and the approvals required and give you some new ideas! If you decide to proceed with us further, we would be delighted to arrange an appointment and together embark on a journey of discovery.  please call us on 768740 or e-mail our Principal / Director at paul.harding@bdkarchitects.com to book an appointment to receive our Initial Consultation Service.

Explore your Virtual Environment

Our Virtual Building Technology can give you a truly three-dimensional appreciation of how the completed project will appear and feel. BDK Architects don’t just prepare two-dimensional plans, elevations and sections. Here we assemble a virtual building using state-of-the-art CAD technology from which both a Virtual Building Model or more conventional two-dimensional drawings are produced. This will allow you to really explore the physical appearance of your building.

We can offer you a full 3D tour of your project and even provide you with our Virtual Building Explorer CD. This enables you to take a tour of your project at home on your own personal computer. This is a great design aid and makes it far easier to read and appreciate the scheme than two-dimensional drawings.

“I can honestly say we knew out of all the local architects you would be the one that could turn things around for us. A life changing (planning) decision for us yesterday so well done you! Excellent work. Thank you again.”

BDK Domestic Client, February 2016

Interior Architecture

BDK Architects employs staff who have gained interior design experience, in addition to our core Chartered Architects and Assistants. We possess the expertise to successfully realise an attractive interior design solution as well as addressing the architectural aspects.

The Jersey Planning & Building Process

Although the Planning Process can seem complex and daunting, we apply BDK Architects experience and expert knowledge of the Planning and Building Approvals System to successfully guide your project through the maze.

For general guidance on the process please download BDK Architects Householders Guide. For housing in particular there are minimum requirements for Dwelling Size, External Amenity, Car Parking and Drainage which must all be achieved. We will provide you with specific advice on those issues relating to your project. Please also see below, our Planning & Building Process Flow-Chart. This can also be downloaded here.

There are application fees levied by the Planning & Environment Department payable by you (separate to our fees) to the Treasurer of the States for Planning and Building Bye-Law applications. We will advise you on the current application fees applicable to your project.