Bespoke design opens up a whole world of exciting possibilities
Our bespoke design service has been structured for flexibility and to minimise up-front costs until, if required, planning permission has been granted. Every project is different, but here's an outline of how the design process works, if you have any questions at all, do get in touch.
Share Your Idea with Us
The best start is to simply have a chat about your idea. We'll ask a few questions as well as listen carefully to your ideas. We'll also want to check out planning permissions and look at anticipated budgets. In particular, the design and construction of bespoke treehouses can include professional service and costs you might not anticipate, we want you to be fully aware of what is involved.
Exploring Possibilities On-Site
If you want to explore the idea in more depth, we'll visit the proposed location where we'll have a 'walk & talk' around the site and discuss your ideas in more detail. We'll evaluate practicalities and get a proper sense of how we can bring together practical and aesthetic requirements into the design.
This can take around 2-3 hours for an individual bespoke cabin project, and longer for bespoke treehouses or large estates, these tend to need more time and consideration. Site visits are charged at a nominal fee (deducted from future build costs) plus expenses. However, we travel a lot so if we are in your area it might be possible to visit at a reduced fee, or pop in at no fee.
ii. Design concepts proposals are created for you, and refined to produce drawings for planning application
Creating the Design
After a little more exploration into utilities land surveys, we'll have a clearer picture of the project value and feasibility.
Assuming all is well and you're happy to go ahead, we write a design brief with you and create initial design concepts for you. Your chosen concept is refined to a finished design with elevation drawings so you have a clear idea of what your finished treehouse or cabin will look like. For an additional fee a 3D model and digital images can be produced. The design process is now complete.
At this point we can also include a tailored interior design service to compliment the purpose of the space. This makes a huge difference to the overall finished look and feel of the structure.
Permission to Build
The planning application process for treehouses and some cabins is subject to National Planning Policy and, specific to each county, the Local Planning Policy. Other factors that can make or break an application are flood risk zones and conservation restrictions.
We can take care of planning for you, or liaise with your preferred planning consultant, although it's important we work together from the outset. Planning can be a protracted process and can take some months.
We understand the common planning obstacles and objectives, as such, our designs endeavour to mitigate them as far as it is feasible.
Spades in the Ground
Once planning permission is granted and we receive your go-ahead to build, we ask for a deposit payment and schedule the build into our next available calendar time slot.
The construction time on site will depend on the size and complexity of the design and access, as well as other factors out of our control. As a guide - a 30 mt footprint, single story treehouse can take around 4 weeks on site.
Do get in touch to explore the bespoke treehouse and cabin design process. There's a lot to talk about, so if you would like to know more or get an idea of what your project might cost, please get in touch.
Ultimately, whatever is possible is usually dictated by the budget and planning consents.