Extending or building a new home can be a big decision for a lot of owners; often the first building project they have undertaken.

ABL3 Architects specialise in residential architecture. We understand that this can sometimes be an intimidating, costly and confusing process working with unknown professionals and tradespeople, regulations and technical language.

We have put together a guide with everything you need to know before you begin residential building works. This has proved very popular with our clients, so we are pleased to make it available to download from our website.

Click here to read our Homeowners Guide to Residential Architecture (PDF)



Every residential project we design and deliver is bespoke to our clients’ requirements, but the working process will always follow the same template. We have prepared this guide to take you through the typical stages of a residential building project, so you know what to expect and how to prepare.

1. Before you begin
Every successful building project begins with a clear brief. Experience tells us that cost, time and quality will inevitably conflict at some stage during the design and delivery process, so planning ahead is vital. Read our guide for tips on how to prepare.

2. Key stages of a residential project
All reputable architects in the UK follow the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) standard Plan of Work for architectural projects. ABL3 Architects have tailored this plan to suit private residential projects. Read our guide for the key stages and project milestones you can expect.

3. Employing an architect
ABL3 Architects will always suggest an initial briefing meeting on your project site to informally discuss requirements, approximate budget, and timescale. Once you wish to proceed, we will write to you with a contract that sets out the terms and conditions of our appointment and fees, and ask you to confirm acceptance in writing. Read our guide for more information on what services you can expect from an architect, forms of contract, fees and expenses.

4. Be inspired!
Browse a highlight of our residential extension, refurbishment and new build projects here.

Take a tour of Hampshire Homestead, our most recent new build home for a multi-generation family in the heart of rural Hampshire, as featured in Grand Designs Magazine.

Enjoy the views at Field House – a contemporary extension looking onto the owners beautiful garden, recently featured in BBC Gardener’s World.

Peek inside Campbell Hill Square – a dilapidated Georgian terrace that we stripped back to it’s bare bones to create an eclectic family home.

Please get in touch if you would like to speak to our team about your residential architecture project.

ABL3 Architects is an RIBA Chartered practice and registered with the ARB. Read more about our practice here. We are also featured on Houzz.