How can you do plans without visiting my house?
Quite easily actually! We’ve been doing this since 2008 and have completed THOUSANDS of perfectly accurate drawing sets.
If you were to use a traditional Architect, the first thing they would do is to come to your home, sketch a simple floor plan layout of the house and then walk around the house measuring each ‘line’ and writing each dimension onto the sketch.
They would then take some photos of the outside of the house then go back to the office and produce your Architectural drawings from these survey notes.
We are basically offering clients a cost-saving (and the sheer luxury of working with us of course) if they are happy to do this bit themselves.
This means you are only paying professionals to do the bits that you are unable to do yourself.
What measurements do you need?
All we need are the wall & window lengths in each room and also the floor-to-ceiling height on each storey.
If you are building a loft conversion, we will also ask for the tallest internal measurement of the roof space (ie. top of ceiling joist to bottom of ridge board).
The floor plan layouts you send just need to include simple lines with numbers along to represent these and also the stair location on each floor and door position for each room.
What if I get a measurement wrong?
If you were to provide any incorrect measurements, we would actually notice immediately during the drafting process. Everything is drawn to scale so assuming most of the dimensions provided are accurate, we could theoretically tell YOU the correct measurement as opposed to the other way around.
There is no guess work at any point. It’s just simple maths.
Note – for the purposes of Planning or Building Regulations drawings, the drawings don’t need to be millimetre perfect. Measurements to the closest 5cm are fine.
Surely you need to visit the house to do detailed Building Regulations drawings?
No, not at all. The floor plans and photos you provide are ample information to produce detailed Building Control drawings too.
What about structural steel work? Can I get calculations without a home visit?
Yes! We do not provide calculations ourselves but we have worked very closely with an online Engineering firm for over a decade now. We’ll introduce you to them at the necessary time. These Engineers will use a combination of our drawings, your photographs and even ‘virtual’ site visits if required.
Is measuring/sketching the only way I can use Arkiplan?
No. There are actually some quite nifty shortcuts you can use to get your floor plan layouts over to us.
1. Estate Agents – Almost all properties have their floor plans measured and drawn to scale as part of the sales process nowadays. You may be able to find an online record of these on Rightmove or other Estate Agents sites by Googling your address. Please just make sure you carefully check the layout and the room sizes for accuracy before uploading them.
2. Previous Planning Applications – Every Local Authority has an Online Planning Register with every historic Planning Application available for public viewing. If you search your address on the Register, you will be able to download any previous Architect’s plans that were produced for your house. The plans are publicly available and we will only be scaling measurements off them so there is no breach of Copyright with the previous draftsperson.
3. Neighbours drawings – Has your neighbour done an extension and you want one too? It’s very common for two semi-detached houses to have the exact same floor plan layout. You can actually use either of the methods above for one of your neighbours houses. All you need to do is thoroughly check the room sizes and overall layout for accuracy before sending it over. We will only use their plans for scaling while we produce an entirely new set of plans for you.
4. Developers Plans – If you live in a relatively new housing estate there is a good chance your house was built from a catalogue of options that the developer has replicated in many locations. Often, these catalogue-style house layouts are available online or are sometimes provided as part of the sales particulars. Just check the house was built exactly as per the plan and send it over to us!