An essential first step in going from a plot to a building your new home is to start with obtaining the correct topographical survey. It is important that the right level of data is captured as part of the survey, as this has implications for the entire project thereafter. This information, together with any ground condition and soil analysis, is easily imported into our Neat Living Building Information Modelling calculations so that the correct foundation requirements can be established for the Neat Living buildings.
In planning a topographic survey there is a balance to be struck between capturing too much data – meaning the cost of the survey will be much higher than it needs to be versus too little data – meaning that vital aspects are overlooked or too many assumptions are made both resulting in unexpected costs, time delays or build quality issues.
With our knowledge, we can ensure that you get the right survey. We will discuss with you any special requests/consideration of unusual items, potential build programme as well as site access and security arrangements.
Ground condition and soil analysis survey
A ground investigation is a means of determining the condition of the ground on your plot.
Once again, the level of detail and quality of information that is generated from a ground investigation is important and will allow our design team to develop a well-engineered design which is tailored to the specific ground conditions of your site.
Without a suitable ground survey faults, underground obstructions and other complications would not be uncovered until construction work has started. This will cause delays and add unnecessary cost to your project.
Ground investigations can help to determine:
- Water table level and water flow.
- The nature of faults, fissures and voids in the underground.
- Ground layer thicknesses and the mechanical properties of soil.
- Detailed information about soil and ground samples.
Pre-planning and full planning application
Neat Living can organise all aspects relating to obtaining planning. We will consider with you if either the pre-application route or full planning application route is suitable.
Planning permission with rural, urban or suburban plots
Due to the unique customisable of the design of the Neat Living home, you are able to alter the form of the building with a wide variety of roof or wall options – which can make the essential difference in getting your planning application “across the line.”
You can choose from alternative materials and exterior finishes for the roof and walls. Designed to offer protection from the weather as well as style and design flair, suitable for rural, urban or suburban locations.
Chose from a variety of roof materials, all designed to fit perfectly to the Neat Living Flex homes.
A number of different options are available for the walls – from renders, timber and natural cladding panels, available in a variety of finishes and colours. Transform the look of your home to suit your taste, to fit with the location and to tick the box with the local planning authority. Job done!