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Renovtion

Updated: Jan 9






Around May 2021, we completed a project on a 5-bed home in Edinburgh, which was at Mortonhall road. The project involved a complete remodel of our clients’ property. We applied our client from the planning permission phase to the preparation phase and throughout the construction phase.

The construction involved a complete refurbishment of the home. The client had requested to fully renovate and modernise the kitchen, dining room, bathroom, and external back garden area to create a fresh, brighter, modern look. Working closely with the client and the architect, our professional team designed a stunning modernised result.




The project started in September 2019 and lasted for nine months. Our partners on this project were Somner Macdonald Architects, well-known professionals within the industry. With our team of tradesmen and designers, we took off with a smooth start. Planning permission was acquired a few weeks before the commencement of the project. It took about two months in total to secure the permission. With the COVID, a few delays were experienced around sourcing materials and ensuring staff followed all the rules surrounding the COVID. One thing we made sure to do correctly was to abide by the HSE regulations, so all method statements and risk assessments were captured and recorded as recommended.

One common challenge we noticed was that during the whole period of the pandemic, we were overwhelmed with many projects, which could most likely be attributed to families not being able to go on holidays, therefore spending holiday funds on refurbs and upgrades on their existing homes. Others we buying homes and require refurbs.



A lot of emphasis was put on the kitchen dining area, as the client was keen on this particular living space. The designs and build were done at our manufacturing site and shipped to the project location. All in all, the main theme, as requested by our client, was to make sure the project encompassed open-plan spaces to create a spacious feel.



Planning permission is literally in the name. It is seeking permission to do building work. Although not all building works require a permission. For example, one does not need planning permission to build a shed, green house or a garage. Yes, a garage, so long as it is less than 4 meters high (please check gov.uk to confirm the specifics). You’d also be please to know that you do not require planning permission for certain types of external walls or certain roofs such as inserting a skylight.



Getting your permissions granted

Depending on the scale or size of your project, you should be able to get planning permission on your own however its recommended you speak with a local planning permission consultant to help you with your application. Visit https://hoa.org.uk/services/planning/ to find one.



Permissions can be easy if you know how

Every application requires different information to be submitted to enable the Officer to make an assessment and decision on the proposal. The most important things to look out for in relation to planning permission are:

  • Build a relationship with a planning officer

  • Looking up the planning policies

  • Create good designs of your project

  • Contact the right people, e.g. building contractor, surveyor

  • Find a skilled professional

All in all getting professional to guide you as this can at times be a stressful ordeal. Limited development services can help you see this through.





So you have a project to get done and you go the usual route by contacting 3 builders for a quote. The quotes return and you are in complete shock. The first question is, why were you in shock in the first place? Second question is, does the quote actually look normal?




There are a few things that would have lead to this unexpected cost

  1. Your architect/designer added extra bits you asked for but didn’t explain the added costs?

  2. Your builder is one of the best in town? – remember, good quality and good reputation sometimes come with a price bracket

  3. Grey areas for the job – the contractor should have minimal or no assumptions on what a job involves or the price could escalate.

  4. Assumed the contractor takes a huge proportion of the quote? – Some clients may assume that the contractor would end up making a huge profit on each itemised quote. Its useful to have some knowledge the material and sub-contractor costs.

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