Keeping going . . .

The lock down is clearly necessary, if painful for many people. But let’s stay together on this one.

Being a restless and energetic species we do still want to get on with things even in these constrained circumstances. If you are looking at this website now you might be thinking that one of the things you want to progress is a building project.

Whilst building work as such has virtually shut down, there is still a lot of background activity. Even in normal circumstances a building or extension exists virtually, on ‘the drawing board’, for months before a spade is even put in the ground, so in theory there is little to stop this part of the process.

In practical terms for the homeowner it means that you could still get started on your project. In normal times I would visit you once to get a good understanding of what you would like to do, explain the process, and then start to work up ideas with you. I would normally return only once to take measurement and after that almost all communication is via phone calls and email.

Current government advice is for us to work from home (already there!) and only to travel to work when necessary. It does however seem to be that the government does want us to continue working where it is entirely safe to do so.

Unusual circumstance require unusual solutions so my thoughts are that an initial briefing ‘visit’ can be done by phone calls, supplemented with photographs, video, sketches, references to other projects or anything else you can think of. You may be surprised at just how much can be achieved in this way. The site measuring is essential but it is not essential for you to be present, so there need be no contact at all. Having compared notes with other professionals I conclude that this would be most appropriate for external measurement so this might limit the projects that are suitable for this ‘non contact’ procedure. If government advice changes then this idea would have to be revisited, but for now I think it represents a safe and reasonable way of working and may be helpful to you.

Some planning applications are being processed in a similar manner, relying on photographs rather site visits. Getting planning approval is the first step in a project and further details and internal measurements could be deferred.

Maybe worth thinking about . . . the first creative challenge might be for you to find a way of set out your own thoughts?