Helping you make your house a home
Whether you are planning to build a new house, to alter or extend your present home, or to convert your loft into a usable space, it makes sense to consult us first.
We can help you realise your ambitions and guide you through the design and construction process. We can provide a service that extends well beyond producing a set of drawings – we can handle the paperwork, bring value for money, imagination and peace of mind to your project, and we can help you keep it on track and on budget.
Our service to our residential Clients includes drawing on our problem-solving capabilities, our experience with residential projects, and our insight into what can be done within your budget.
We can suggest new ways of utilising space and light, enrich the palette of materials, finishes or fittings, and help find a builder at the right price. Through our accrued experience, we can also propose design solutions that will reduce your overall running costs, maximise the energy efficiency of your home, and very often, your investment in our professional fees will prove a sound investment.
We enjoy using our experiences and contacts to give you the best project possible, and we aim to help you achieve your aspirations and vision. As your Architect, you will always have us on your side, and as such we will offer you our knowledge and experience of the construction industry.
Our approach to residential projects have this nature have several elements of service. We feel that our attention to detail, and our approach to a dedicated service, differs us from our competitors, and offers you best value. Where instructed to do so, we offer the following elements of service, as standard;
One-to-one initial assessment and consultancy, usually at your home;
Design brief development, in partnership with you, which we then confirm to you in writing;
Concept Design, including budget planning;
Preparation and submission of Application(s) for Planning Permission;
Ongoing liaison with the Planning Authority to help determine the Application(s);
Development of detailed design, in partnership with you;
Preparation and submission of an Application for Building Control Approval;
Ongoing liaison with the Approved Inspector or the Building Control Department to help determine the Application;
Further development of detailed design, including reducing risk by ensuring important design decisions are made, in partnership with you;
Preparation of Specifications, Schedules Of Works, Tender Drawings;
Tendering the works to a number of local builders, who work with us regularly, and are accustomed to the nature of works expected;
Advising and assisting you with the selection of a Builder;
Working with the Builder, to construct and deliver the project, on time and on budget.
For more information, see the RIBA's Working With An Architect For Your Home.
If you would like some free guidance as to whether you need Planning Permission for your project, please get in touch. The Planning Portal also has some free guidance for homeowners.
In some instances, you are allowed to change your home under the rules of Permitted Development. Guidance from Coventry City Council and Warwick District Council is available. If you need our help, we can assist with the Pre-Application Enquiry or Self-Assessment Forms.
Don't forget, you may also have responsibilities to your neighbours that fall within the Party Wall Act. It is worth reading through the Communities and Local Government guidance on the Party Wall Act to see if you need further support.
I have known Dhiran and Ken for several years now and have watched them working through both domestic and commercial projects I have links with. They were always investigating the best solution for me as a client, keeping the project on track and building relationships for the long term. They also have a great eye for the style and design. What more could you want from an architect?Private Residential Client, Beaconsfield Road, Coventry (2014)
I used Vagdia and Holmes for an extension project in our first home. I was very pleased with the support offered by Dhiran and his team; our requirements were met quickly whilst providing value for money through a clearly high level of experience. I particularly appreciated the extra guidance the team gave us; this was invaluable as this was our first ever build project.Single and Two Storey Extensions to Private Residence, Copthorne Road, Coventry (2014)
We just wanted to say thank you so much for your help! We are very grateful to Vagdia and Holmes, your work and help has enabled our home extension to finally be on it’s way to completion!The Wator Family, Clovelly Road, Coventry (2014)
I used Dhiran and the team from Vagdia and Holmes for a home project. Dhiran and the team took all the stress away from putting together an important project for our family home. In a nutshell all we had to do was say 'yes' or 'no'! From getting the council's permission for the structural change to putting tradespeople in place. My wife and I could not thank his team enough for going that extra mile. Thanks for making our home complete!Alterations to Private Residence, Kingsland Avenue, Coventry (2013)