Residential Projects

Robert Blake Designs work within the residential sector, providing a unique design service combining planning and building regulations drawings, incorporating our structural design services, which are listed on our commercial design page.

We work closely with our clients to ensure we provide them with them to produce the most cost-effective design solutions in a timely manner. Our design uses the latest design methods and technology, working within any client constraints. Samples of our recent projects can be found on our experience page.

Residential Projects
Property Extension

Property Extension Projects

Robert Blake Designs can provide the full design service to make your ideas a reality. Whether you are looking to remove a wall or add a two storey rear extension, we have the skills and expertise to prepare appropriate designs. 

We have undertaken the design of many home extensions, submitting planning drawings in the first instance and then preparing working drawings to which a building contractor would work to. We are able to undertake the role of planning agent submitting all householder applications and full plans applications on your behalf. We take a proactive approach with our design services, and are contactable throughout all phases of the project.


Permitted Development

Rules, known as ‘permitted development’ rights, allow you to extend a house without needing to apply for planning permission if specific limitations and conditions are met, however we would always recommend that a ‘Lawful Development Certificate‘ is obtained for piece of mind. If you want to exceed these, then it is likely that an application for householder planning permission will be required.

Planning Permission

Planning permission is the consent of your local authority on a proposed building project and is in place to deter inappropriate development. The building of a new dwelling, or extensive changes to existing buildings, usually requires planning permission.

Lawful Development Certificate

For piece of mind, if you wish to be certain that an existing buildings use is lawful for planning purposes or that you do not require planning permission, a Lawful Development Certificate can be obtained.

We can obtain the Lawful Development Certificate on your behalf, this will ensure the use, operation or activity named is lawful for planning control purposes.

Planning Drawings

Planning drawings are the drawings required to submit as part of any planning permission application. They are an essential tool to communicate the proposals so that planners can understand how their project fits into the landscape as a whole. skill, experience and precision is required in their execution to correctly convey the project’s dimensions and scale to the planning officer.

Building Regulation Drawings

You must decide on the type of application for your planned residential build, extension or alteration work.
1. Building notice
This type of application is only for smaller residential projects. You can start work 2 days after your notice has been submitted to your BCB. You do not get formal approval like you do with full plans.
2. Full plans
This is the most thorough option. You can expect a decision within 5 weeks, or 2 months with your consent.
You’ll get a completion certificate within 8 weeks of completion of the building work as long as it complies.

Structural Design

Structural design is the methodical investigation of the stability, strength and rigidity of structures. The basic objective in structural analysis and design is to produce a structure capable of resisting all applied loads without failure during its intended life.

Build Over Agreements

If you’re building over or near a domestic sewer with a pipe diameter of 160mm or less you will need to apply for a domestic approved build over agreement.

Structural Drawings

The structural drawings are primarily concerned with the load-bearing members of a structure. They outline the size and types of materials to be used, as well as the general demands for connections. The structural drawings communicate the design of the building’s structure to the building authority for review.

Structural Surveys

A Structural Survey can assess a specific building defect, or alternatively a full structural survey can be carried out. Our structural engineers have the experience in traditional forms of construction or non-traditional construction forms.

We are able to carry out detailed, non-intrusive, visual examination of a building property, but intrusive investigation should it be necessary. 

Whether you require a structural survey for reassurance, or as a condition of your mortgage application, our expertise and advice will prove invaluable to you.