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Your Most Frequently Asked Questions... Answered

What Type of Building And Construction Services Do You Offer?

Our building services cover everything.. which is what people truly love about us. You name it we do it.. Derwood Homes Frequently

We offer Architectural Design and Planning Application services. Building and Engineering Services as well as Building Regulation Application Services.

We design and New Self Build Homes, House Extensions, Loft Attic Conversions, Barn Conversions, Property Renovations, Basement Conversions, Property Refurbishments, Plumbing Services, Electrical Services, Carpentry, Roofing, Brick laying.. Garden Makeovers, Landscaping Services, Driveways, New Patios and Paving, Ponds and Water Features, Swimming Pools and even provide General Building Maintenance services.

As you can see there is something for everyone and more... and the reason is because we have a unique team of highly skilled professsionals with so much building experience that it enables us to offer such a comprehensive service, making your project a stress free experience from start to finish... Guaranteed!

Are You A Reputable Company?

We most definitely are.. So much so that we have been presented with numerous Awards for the 'service' and 'excellence' we provide. But just as important, our reputation is growing through word of mouth and customer recommendation. We love the work we do and care about our customers and their needs. In fact our customers become our friends!

We are all highly skilled, experienced and professional tradesmen who care about our customers.  Feel free to view some of our work online on Derwood Homes Portfolio page

Do I Need Planning Permission For a Home Improvement? 

Projects such as a New house Extensions, a Loft Conversion, Basement Conversion or even a garage Conversion?
Well, it does depend on a number of factors including the size of the project. Each and every project has to be based upon it's own requirements when seeking planning guidance to see what, if any planning policies have to be complied with. Feel free to contact us for some free advice or take a look at the 'The Online Planning Portal' website for further free guidance

Do I Need Structural Working Drawings or Plans For A Loft Conversion or a House Extension?

Yes, it is highly recommended to acquire a set of working / building regulation drawings. We offer all of our customers an Architectural, Building Regulation and a full Structural Engineering service. As part of this service we will design your project to meet your needs in line with current planning and building regulations saving you the time and effort of having to appoint different people to carry out different jobs. We like to keep everything nice and simple for you.

If you prefer the Royal Institute of Architect Website can help you find an architect:  

How much does it Cost To Have Architectural Plans and Structural / Engineering Drawings?

The average cost for us to produce architectural, structural and ‘working’ drawings for a home improvement project is approx £1750.00. This includes numerous meetings with our team, an in depth site survey and an engineering survey of your property. We even survey your external drainage system and any other elements that are required to enable your project to be designed to a high standard. It also includes submitting your Planning and Building Regulation applications to your local authority on your behalf.

Do I Require Building Regulation Approval?

Yes... All building works carried out on a property must comply with current new regulations. If not then you may find that you won't be able to sell your property in the future and just as important, your house insurance will be void. Our architect or structural engineer will be more than happy to help ensure that all regulations and policies are complied with.

For information on Current Building Regulations the Local Government / Authority websites offer some great advice or you can take a look at The Institute of Structural Engineers for even more indepth advice

Are There Other Regulations We Should Know About?

With protecting the environment becoming a priority, it is important that all projects comply with new regulations. For example, many people have found that Building their dream home means that there are many more regulations that have to be complied with before they even start building. This can be a daunting process and on times off putting. Complying with the codes for sustainable homes and eco-friendly surveys and polices can make the process seem over complicated, but with our help it doesn't have to be. We will happily help and guide you through the process.
For more information you can visit various online services as shown below:

British Eco for information of Renewable Energy Solutions 

Can I See Some of Your Previous Projects?

You're very welcome to pop along to view some of our previous projects. 
We have lots of happy and thrilled customers who are more often than not pleased to show potential clients some of the exciting projects we have created for them. No matter how large or small your project may be, we will ensure you receive the best possible service at all times. You get to pick and choose the service you require.

Is Your Work Guaranteed?

Yes it is. We give a full 12 month guarantee on all workmanship and the manufacturers guarantee on all materials. We will also ensure that the local authority inspector will issue and register a builders ‘certificate of completion’ which illustrates and confirms that your new project has been constructed  to a high standard and meets all current regulations.

What Areas Do You Cover?

Our Reputable Building Work and Services cover most of South Wales, including: Cardiff, Bridgend, Penarth, Caerphilly, Barry, Porthcawl, Newport, Port Talbot, Swansea, Ogmore by Sea, Pontypridd, The Valleys, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan, and for larger projects we can travel the country.

What Do I Need To Look For When Comparing Quotations?

Your Quotation must list all of the work to be carried out
All of the various stages of the project to be constructed
Details of the materials to be supplied
That all work will be carried out to current building regulations
A Stage payment schedule
An approximate time scale to complete the work

And Finally

We offer a sincere helpful service with a smile. You may have seen us on TV or in some of the regular home magazines. For some other useful tips and ideas for renovating and improving your home visit these sites   

The HomeBuilding Magazine    or   The Home Sources Website for renovating and decoration ideas or Build - it for Self Build Ideas

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