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What will this do for me? Show you the way!

We prepared this guide after seeing so many people struggle with understanding the design and construction process.


This process can seem like a complex and frightening roadblock for those who haven’t been through it before. This guide will help you get started off on the right foot.


Nothing is more exciting than creating a new project for your business or personal life, and nothing will affect the success of your project more than the right preparation.


You may be wondering: where do I start?


Defining the scope of your project can be difficult, especially when there are so many design possibilities.


How can you be sure you’re making the right decisions for the long run?


This guide will give you 6 essential keys to consider as you prepare for your design project.

We hope you enjoy this guide and look forward to your feedback on the contents.

Knowing the steps

This resource will allow you to identify the stages that you need to completed during the process of designing your project. They say Knowledge is power, but it is also key to forming a good working relationship between client and provider. You need to know where you are, we get that.

Set your time frame

Although time taken between start of the design and the point with which you move into your new or improved property depends on many factors, an appreciation of the work involved in making this happen, and the reasons why will make the process more enjoyable.

Get the budget right

The process chart contains points at which design payments might be due, this will help you to plan your finances for the initial stages, which might be before you release funds from equity or other sources. Combined with our other resources you'll quickly get an idea of budget which helps you to plan ahead.

Love your home

Once you start thinking about the process we guarantee you'll start to imagine how it will look and feel. even viewing this document makes everything more real. There is a route to your new home, and it has a system. We can make your new home exactly what you want it to be, comfortable and efficient, or really plush!

The SA SystemTM, and what people say about it.

Each part of the  defined path to success is shown in our system flowchart. We developed our unique system a few years ago after identifying the trend toward projects going over time and over budget in the industry. We've had some great feedback about the benefits it has had for some of our customers. We'd love to share that with you!

Mr P.

in Brundall

"We've taken some time to reflect on the feasibility report you supplied, and have looked into our finances. After initially feeling we could not continue with the project, we have realised that we've really enjoyed the process, and would like to explore further options of how we can continue this journey"

Mr S. 

Local school


"The document you produced was helpful in convincing the Local Authority of our seriousness and Need. Best wishes and thank you for your continued support of the school"

Mrs D.

Suffolk Coast

SA Architectural Services were recommended to us by a friend.  From excellent design ideas to our final certification - we received an excellent, professional and friendly service. Our builder was really pleased with the detailed designs, which helped enormously as they left no guesswork, and the service proved invaluable in terms of getting the high specification and finish we were after.

We've developed this and many other great resources to help our clients with the early stages of project planning. We believe that success and expectations can only be achieved when a project is properly planned. Rushing straight into design, without understanding the process, is not a good idea, and will just lead to problems later on.

Solam & James Sizer



Wed love it if you would contact us for a free project review, see how, and look at some other FAQ's below:

Do you do a free site visit?

No, not normally. We will of course visit later on in the process, but our initial consultation takes place by telephone, videoconference or office visit. The reason for this is simple, until we've decided that the project is a good fit, and we are the right company to take it on for you, this would be of little benefit to either of us. You can make a free 30 minute appointment by calling 01603 713528, or by emailing your form to

What are your fees for the Architectural Design?

We do not quote without all the information in place. The process is now a lot more complicated than design plans alone, so we need to fully assess the potential, and work involved in making applications, and design detailing before we quote. Typically the first stage will involve a detailed study of the site and your options before we start designing. This has the benefit of keeping costs down before the potential of the site is properly explored. In medical terms we do not rush into surgery before making a proper diagnosis!

Can you build my new home, as well as designing it?

Yes we can, but we only select a few projects each year. Typically we build or refurbish 3-5 properties a year, and these must fit with our aspirations in terms of quality and integrity of finish. If you are interested in a Design and build solution contact us for an initial consultation on 01603 713528 and we'll let you know when we may have capacity if your project is of interest.

Tel: 01603 713 528



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