Thorne Wyness Architects

Working with Thorne Wyness

When you start your project with us, we will work with you to create a design brief, taking into account your your requirements for use, accommodation, aesthetics, site and budget. We can also work with an existing written design brief if you already have one.

Consultation typically includes formalising the location of each room and maximising the views for your space. We will also talk through what materials will be used, where stairs and fire escapes are needed, what the preferred heating system might be and which floors need carpets. This stage can also include discussions about lighting and internal details so that we can begin to create the space you want.

During the design process, Will or Jenny will work with you, using sketches, models, written descriptions, and computer models to develop the scheme.

Working closely with your architect in these early stages is vital and ensures the smooth running of the project.

Budget for the Project

TWA will be able to help you fit your needs to your budget, our design process is flexible and responsive which means we help you balance what you need with what you can afford. Building costs can be confusing, 'Total Construction Cost' and overall budget for the project are not the same. Many builders will quote a price per square meter which excludes items such as driveways, kitchen and bathroom fittings, a septic tank and so on. This is useful for comparing your build costs with another project but not great for understanding your overall budget. Prices from kit suppliers also exclude further items such as cladding and internal wall finishes. We will help you to understand your overall budget which will include construction costs, professional and legal fees and expenses, the statutory charges for applications for planning consent and building warrants, a contingent sum for unforeseen events and other costs such as furniture, equipment, land acquisition and VAT.

The Construction Process

As Chartered architects we consider projects in terms of industry standard work stages. The end of each stage marks an important point in your project where you sign off on our work before we proceed. The stages are based on the RIBA Plan of Work 2013. Construction stages (F-L) include detailing and administering the build.


The initial appraisal and outline design stages (A-C) can be carried out as a stand alone feasibility study, with no further commitment.