Our Process

Working with you to improve your home

'First Steps’ to home improvement with T N Design and Build.

Here at TN Design and Build we quite literally ‘do what it says on the tin’ – offering both the design and build aspects of your project. This proven approach remains beneficial for both us and our clients, ensuring we maintain full control across the project - right from the outset through to ultimate completion.

With over 18 years experience in the building trade, we know that deciding to improve your home is a big commitment and sometimes a venture into the complete unknown. Over the years we’ve noticed the same questions cropping up in the initial stages about the process of a building project, which is why we’ve put together this handy two-part guide on things to expect when improving your home.

The most common mis-conception we encounter is the expected timeframe of a project. So to try and answer some of these questions, we’ve created a timeline of ‘First Steps’ to home improvement with T N Design and Build.


A potential client e-mails us or calls to speak to a friendly member of our office team about their ideas for improving their home. Or, perhaps indeed, building a new home from scratch or a possible investment.


Within a week (maximum two weeks depending on his schedule) of the initial enquiry, Tom, the owner of T N Design, will come out on a home visit along with our trusted architect for a client consultation.

There are many reasons why we decide to get building work done in our homes, which is why we like to talk in depth with our clients to ensure we have a full understanding of what it is they really want to get out of their project. Perhaps it’s as simple as they need more space to improve family life, maybe they are having a baby, or perhaps it’s the dream extension that’s been 10 years in the making and a special 60th birthday treat.

Whatever the reason, we feel it’s crucial to find out why a client is choosing to improve their home as this helps us to deliver a project that fulfils, or even better, exceeds their expectations.


After the consultation, based on information from the client, our architect will give a direct fee proposal for design work it will entail. This includes construction specification drawings and/or structural calculations in accordance with current building regulations.


Once the customer agrees to the architectural fee schedule, our architects will then visit your property to conduct a full measured survey.


Based on all the information from the measured survey, plus client specification and requirement from the consultation, our architect will undertake a proposal scheme. This is then presented to the client for discussion and approval. Any preferences or adjustments can be incorporated at this stage to create the ultimate proposal.


It’s at this point, when the customer is happy with the proposal, that we submit it into planning. It is important to bear in mind that full planning can take 8-10 weeks maybe more in some cases.


Whilst waiting for planning we can get on with interior designing pointing you in the right direction of our preferred suppliers, kitchen, bathrooms, flooring etc… .

If you have a project in mind and would like to discuss your ideas with someone or have any questions, feel free to contact us and a member of the TN Design team will be more than happy to help.