FAQs

Where do I start, I'm considering having building work carried out but don't know where to start?

When you are considering having building work carried out at your home or business premises you will need to find out if planning permission is required. At this point you can contact Grand Designs and arrange a no obligation survey of the property or land in question, or alternatively you can contact your local council office.

What about the Building control regulations, who looks after this?

This is something we can take care of for you. Once we commence a project we make contact with the building inspector at the local Council office. We make all the necessary arrangements to have the building inspector carry out the relevant inspections, and we follow this process through until the project is completed and properly signed off.

When can you start? 

We aim to start most projects within 4-8 weeks from confirmation of your order to proceed with the project. This does vary from time to time and we can sometimes accommodate earlier start dates. This is mainly dependent on planning approval, our current work load at any given time and also the size of a project.

How long will the project take? 

Each quotation we submit is accompanied by an estimated project duration. Following an instruction to proceed with any given project we will then produce a schedule/ programme of works. This will provide you with a guide to follow and monitor the progress on site and also enables you to plan your life around alongside the building works.

How much will my project cost? 

The cost of your project is dependent upon the size of the job, the materials and finishes used and your budget. Having been successful in the building industry for 25 years you can rest assured that our prices are competitive.

Can you provide references? 

We are very proud to say that almost all of our enquiries come from referrals from people we have worked for who have been very happy with the work and our conduct on site.  Please see our testimonials page to see what they think of us.

Do you work to a form of contract? 

For all domestic major works projects we use a specific homeowners' contract produced by the JCT. Click Here to find out more about the JCT

When will tradesmen be attending site and who will be on site managing the project to make sure it is completed on time?

You will have a dedicated project manager to oversee your project from start to finish. They will be on site checking the quality of workmanship and planning for the next stage of your project to ensure practical completion is achieved in accordance with the programme of works. There is also a point of contact for you at the office should you have any concerns or need any information.

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