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  1. Hi everyone, I am an Architect, and would love to answer any questions you have on planning, design, construction etc etc. I am starting a blog called AskAnArchitect, and will feature the answers on the blog too. Kind Regards, Oli
  2. Hello, I'm looking for some advice around making offers on properties which may be suitable for conversion. I'm interested in converting commercial properties to residential but I'd also be interested in what people with purely residential development have to say. I've not bought a commercial property before and I'm wondering about the following actions and whether they would normally be conducted before making an offer or after an offer is accepted: - Appointing a planning consultant to advise on permitted development for change of use. - Appointing an architect and having them advise on the potential reconfiguration. - Engaging with contractors/builders for quotes or full tender process. I may be 90% sure that permitted development would be granted, have a good idea of what configuration might work and have a reasonable idea of what the development costs would be, but still not quite be willing to committing to buy it without being more sure about the project's viability. If I did all of the above before offering, that could cost thousands of pounds only to have my offer rejected. If I did all the above after an offer is accepted and it emerges that permitted development is less likely that I thought or the development cost is going to be a lot more than I thought, is it normal for a developer simply to pull out of the deal at that point? Not having done the whole process before, I'm keen to know how people de-risk this process. Looking forward to hearing what you have to say. Thanks in advance!
  3. Dear Property Hub community, My name is Luis, I'm a Spanish Construction Engineer that has lived half of his life already here in the UK. I'm passionate about property investment, for now I've done mainly buy to lets and a couple flips. I'm MCIOB, so charted construction manager and I've got my own small design and build company in partnership with an architect and a Surveyor. I'm also working my way into becoming a residential valuer through RICS. almost there, but not just yet! I would be very happy to help anyone interested in investing in property so I can learn about what kind of projects other people do so please do not hesitate to contact me if you've got any worries or queries regarding current or future projects, building works on the go, issues with a fellow builder (we can be a handful sometimes but with patience and beer you might get a smile!) or any others that you think I might be able to help with. I specially love looking at projects to be, feasibility studies to explore the potential of a deal. I'm happy to give rough estimates free of charge and also my opinion as a construction professional on how easy - challenging the idea you've got in mind can be. Bests, Luis
  4. Hi everyone, I've been a member for a while and not really used it to its full potential, so wanted to do an introduction. Our mission is to change lives by bringing wellness into homes through property development and design. We have a startup architect firm called Wellspace Architects (my wife is an ARB architect and we are a RIBA Chartered Practice). She has over 10yrs experience from new builds, conversion, commercial, etc. From London to Midlands. Our property business is called Wellspace Properties, and looking at doing development focused again on bring wellbeing into homes. We are into brokering deals. I'm looking to connect with other developers, QS, charity organisation, housing associations, etc. Those who wish to make a social impact while creating amazing spaces, not just to squeeze rooms in.
  5. Hi All, I'm just starting out near Cambridge and am looking to build my team to help me along the way. I'm looking to do some conversions, so will be needing: 1. Planning consultants 2. An architect 3. An innovative mortgage broker 4. A tax advisor / accountant with good property knowledge. We've really struggled to find reliable people when doing our main house, so Any recommendations or notes of those probably best avoided would be very gratefully received! Thanks All, appreciated!
  6. Hi Property Hub, I'm an Architect with three properties in London. I'm new to the forums, although, I have been a podcast listener for years. I would like to offer my professional skills to unlock potential development sites across the UK. I have worked for small and large London architectural practices creating one to hundreds of homes at a time and would like to help other forum members with any of their projects. I'm also looking for a little advice/mentoring on growing my own portfolio. Happy to talk. Sav.
  7. Hi All I am looking for recommendations for an architect in the Bristol area. I have a 3-bed end of terrace with large enough land for another, same size, property with parking. I'm looking for someone to produce plans and give me some direction/advice on what to build (e.g. flats/house etc). Any help would be very much appreciated. Paddy
  8. Hi I'm and architect who used to work for a niche eco-housebuilder. I have been advising developers on sites for so long that I now find I know more than they do! I started by buying an office for my practice through my SIPP (which can also borrow), then got planning permission for flats on unused garden ground. Now building 4 flats, sold one before it started, keeping one myself as a btl, 2 yet to sell. This isn't the easiest route but it's a great way to use your pension savings to get into property. The profit is being used to seek more sites and high yield opportunities. The more I tell people what I'm doing the more opportunities come out of the woodwork. I'm now funding permissions for housing sites on Mull, Edinburgh and the Loch Lomond National Park. All generate significantly more value than a standard housebuilder would. My Skills; self funding early stage high risk pre-planning work design of high quality environments efficient house plans quick site appraisals business planning and site assembly advice planning advice Keen to learn; more about btl and being a landlord strategies for money out deals widening my experience of owning different property classes. I look forward to engaging with my local hub meeting in Glasgow. Gareth
  9. Hello, I am an interior architect with a passion for essentialist design and Tao philosophy. I am just at the beginning of this journey - becoming a property investor. Being interior architect for the past eight years with a project around the world I gained experience which I found relevant to start investing myself. Earlier this year I spotted Rob's book, and since then I am considering to start this journey. That's from me. Wish you all one incredible, exciting journey in property investing. George
  10. Hi guys, I'm in the process of purchasing a disused doctors surgery in Bromley which we're hoping to convert into a single residential dwelling. Does anyone have any experience with RIBA endorsed architects or structural surveyors in Bromley or near that they could recommend? Thanks in advance! Ricky
  11. Hi everyone, I own (along with 2 co-owners) a site in Catford (South East London) which is currently commercial. We want to get planning permission to make the site residential, increasing its value, and then sell to a developer. So we'd like to engage a company to draw up plans and deal with the planning process. Having never dealt with a project like this I'd be grateful for any advice or comments - should we engage an architect, or a chartered town planner? What would the difference be in practice and are there any other options? Roughly how much should we expect to pay? The site's a slightly awkward shape, having a fairly narrow entrance from the street and widening to the rear, roughly forming a truncated triangle. The approximate dimensions are: entrance 6.4m, 2 sides 30.2m and 27.2m and rear 13.4m. On 2 sides are end-of-terrace houses and at the rear is a fairly new low-rise block of flats, on a site which was previously commercial. Several other commercial sites in the area have also been converted to residential fairly recently; there are now no other commmercial properties remaining in the immediate area. So we realise there'll be issues re: daylight etc, and that various surveys will be required - again any comments re: what these will be and how much we should expect to pay would be appreciated. Many thanks for your help! Lee
  12. Advice needed - Are there any savings in developing multiple identical units? I am looking at adding an additional storey to a row of townhouses. I have received a quote of 10% of the build cost from an architect. Is it reasonable to charge the same price for multiple units even though the design will still be the same for each unit or should I be getting a discount? Thanks
  13. The two types of semi-detached house are either linked by garages, or living room/bedroom. What is the logic of the two designs? Why would architects/builders choose one over the other? Thanks
  14. Hi all, Are there any Architects on here that also do their own property-flips / developments? Or do anyone have a contact of any architects that specialise in smaller Refurbishment / Loft Conversion / Extension projects that they can recommend in the London area? Thank You
  15. Hi all, I'm an architect, working in London. Hopefully I can therefore contribute my thoughts on design and planning issues! I'm also a somewhat of a data geek, and am working on ways to analyse the London/UKproperty market with GIS. I'm new to property investing, but I am hoping that 2016 can be my year! Thanks! Ben
  16. Hi folks Just dropping-by to say "hi" and introduce myself, I've come here via the excellent podcast (after browsing Itunes for Property Development Podcasts) I trained as an architect and have been working in the industry now for 5-6 years or so... Lots of experience with planning approvals, project development, pricing, technical specifications etc... and plenty of on-site experience too, but never for myself (typical eh?) I've completed projects for friends in the past and remain on good terms with all my former clients, and have managed to realise incredible wealth and value for many clients in the past - more than a few of them have been pretty-darn good-looking too! - the buildings, not (necessarily) the clients!........, although a few of them ... My father sadly passed-away in May last year and I have realised quite a few changes in my life since then, one of which is the earnest enthusiasm and pressing desire to get my finances in order and establish a long-term durable wealth foundation for myself and my family that will allow us all to have more free time to realise creative projects and make the world a more beautiful place. (unfortunately despite the hype / media bias, architecture does not a wealthy-man-make, not as a pure career in any case, hence property developmetn and landlording too!) I have recently been looking to investing in some buy-to-let properties in Hereford, and will be going into business with my mother to buy out first property to rent to professionals / students (depending on location). My local knowledge of Hereford is excellent, but my knowledge about the ins-and-outs of real-life property investment is limited but growing every-single-day. At the moment I am just keen to lurk around the forums here and maybe pick-up a few tips and bits and bobs of advice / wisdom from the more experienced members etc... (and if anyone needs some planning / architectural advice in return, I am friendly, chatty and willing to help!) Just finished reading 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad" and the "The One Minute Manager" and "How to Win Friends and Influence People" and have been listening to the property podcast too (of course) - all fascinating and totally useful! Looking at a 5 bed house currently on the market at £350k - I have viewed the property and drafted-up some rough plans with costings to convert the place into a 4 bed main-house letting, with 2 Annexe accomodation units with dedicated living accomodation and off-street parking for all 6 tenants - the two annexe's would make great professional accomodation (or perhaps a place for my mum to live as a live-in landlord) - the rest of the main house is a 18th century villa that would act as a dedicated HMO, with very high quality accomodation for the tenants (each one would have an en-suite, and they would all share a generous ground floor kitchen, lounge and laundry room, all would have parking and a decent sized garden space with secure cellar storage). My question is: Does this sound like a sensible propositon at £350k, my instinct tells me to offer at below £300k (the place has been on the market for 18 months) and is perfectly situatued at the bottom of the college hill here in Hereford, 3 minutes walk from the bus & train station, supermarkets (morrisons) and sits opposite a light industrial trading estate and in an affluent, leafy area of town. Thoughts? Advice? I'd love to hear from some of you.... (I've attached my rough plans for some 'visual glue' for you all to pore over)
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