USL Architects – Berkshire-based architect practice
If you are looking for an architect in Berkshire, then USL Architects can help you. We are a RIBA chartered practice in Burnham, near Slough in Berkshire, offering a range of architectural services for residential property projects. Established in 2015 and with over 20 years of experience, our team has expertise in delivering projects of all sizes, from an extension to your house or loft conversion through to a complete property redevelopment.
Residential renovation projects
We work with homeowners to support them through the stages of their home renovation project. These include feasibility studies, concept design, planning applications, party wall services and building control drawings and tender packages to obtain quotes from builders and contractors.
We undertake all sizes of property extension projects in and around Berkshire, including one and two storey extensions, rear and side extensions and loft conversions. Our team is experienced with working with local authority planning department to take the stress out of the planning application process. Currently, in some locations you can apply for ground floor extensions up to 6 to 8 metres in depth
Nowadays most garages seem to be used for storage of clutter rather than for storing the car. Why not make better use of this space and convert it into a habitable room, a bedroom, home office, utility room or hobby room, with a window in the front for added natural daylight. We can prepare and make the planning application on your behalf
Make use of your property’s existing loft space to create additional bedrooms or living space. We can help you make the best use of the additional space a loft conversion can bring to your home. We can prepare and submit application under 'permitted development rights' or 'planning application' to include a dormer conversion
Home extensions and loft conversion projects often involve a wall that is shared with a neighbour, called a party wall. We can help you through the process of notifying neighbours of work and ensuring all of the necessary steps are followed including issuing of notices and the final award. We can act as your party wall surveyor if you are undertaking the works or in response to a notice issued by your neighbour.
Thinking of converting your property in to flats or an HMO (house of multiple occupancy). We can help with a feasibility study to establish the possible number of units, prepare a detailed scheme design and the planning applications.
USL Architects services and project development method
Measured survey – This is where we survey and measure the property from which we produce the existing drawings that will be used as the basis for all the proposal drawings going forward.
Client brief – This is an opportunity for the client to brief us as to what they are looking to achieve and require from the project.
Feasibility study – Prior to undertaking a full scheme design, we undertake a feasibility study to establish what can be achieved and if meets your requirements. We will produce a number of options for your considerations
Scheme design – Developing the feasibility study in to a more developed design with detailed room layouts and space planning.
Planning application drawings – We will use the client approved scheme to prepare and submit the planning application.
Post planning approval - Once planning has been approved we can produce a full set of engineering and building regulation drawings. These can be used to obtain prices from builder, submission for building control approval and by the builder
Party wall matters – As party wall surveyor we can provide services to issue notices to any neighbours that may be affected by the works as is required under the Party Wall Act 1996
We also provide full turnkey, design and build service. please contact us for more details