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FGH Architectural & Building Design Services

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 4.9 out of 5 based on 33 reviews and feedback
Trusted Trader since 2020

FGH Architectural & Building Design Services
1 Fentonbarns Farm Cottages
North Berwick
EH39 5AN
07749 491 795
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I’m based and live in the heart of East Lothian with my wife, our crazy spaniel and one big black Lab puppy and incidentally, currently renovating and extending our farm cottage near North Berwick – so stay tuned for updates on that on the website! I have been working with homeowners and businesses for over thirty-five years delivering successful projects in Scotland and beyond. In the early days, I worked primarily on larger commercial projects such as hotels, banks, offices, shopping precincts, public houses, schools, universities, and both farm and industrial buildings, here in the UK and in Europe. Over the years I’ve branched out and taken on numerous residential projects from “A” listed buildings to home extensions and attic conversions where all that experience comes in handy! Today helping folks out with their particular projects is very much what I do and enjoy! At the core though, I am still very much a practice with residential architectural expertise at the fore, providing both friendly and hopefully, knowledgeable information to all my clients.

My Services
My approach from the outset is to offer a full range of architectural services. This means you can unwind, relax, safe in the knowledge that I'll take care of everything for you. Feasibility studies, planning applications, building warrants, construction, and right through to your completed project - I offer a factual one-stop-shop architectural service and pride myself on finding a balance between how the design can be stretched to make the most of an available budget, whilst bringing new ideas to the table.

I am a small practice and charge (if I say so myself) very reasonable rates. There's no charge for a consultation so why not contact me? Drop me a line, call or message. If you need to see any samples of my work or speak with some current clients then I'll be happy to put you in touch.

So if you are feeling a little short on space but don't want to move, I can help you make the most from your home.

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4.9 out of 5 based on 33 reviews.
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review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   13th January 2023
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Graham was extremely professional and helped in all aspects of the purchase to make it as easy for me as possible.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   16th November 2022
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Graham is a very knowledgeable, friendly and flexible architectural designer. He provided us with scope to change what we needed and was always more than happy to hold a face to face meeting to iron out or plans. We didn't take the project to build but the plans provided were well executed and great value for money. Thanks Graham!
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   6th November 2022
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Design drawings for bungalow extension and internal works, successful application for conservation area planning permission and building warrant for extension. Graham kept us informed throughout, put us in contact with reputable building and engineering services and always promptly responded to any queries we had.

review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   29th October 2022
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TO PRODUCE WORKING DRAWINGS AND SPECIFICATIONS TO OBTAIN PLANNING PERMISSION AND BUILDING WARRANT FOR AN EXTENSION FROM EAST LOTHIAN COUNCIL. THIS PROCESS TOOK 12 MONTHS BUT FGH PERSEVERED WITH DILIGENT AND DIPLOMATIC TENACITY TO FINALLY SUCCEED IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER DESPITE E.LOTHIANS NUMEROUS DELAYS
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   12th October 2022
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Graham is always on call for a chat and is really helpful. His work was done in a timely manner and he communicated with us throughout. Our building work is still ongoing and he is still happy to help out and give advice. I’d recommend! Thanks Graham
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   3rd October 2022
Value of Products/Services or Work Performed: £5001 - £25,000
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Drawing up plans, dealing with local planning dept and liaising with contractor.
Supportive, always available, affable and understanding. Thank you.

review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   4th September 2022
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Graham designed new extension for our house and expertly handled the planning processes. Graham is very approachable, professional and easy to work with and quickly grasped what we were looking to create and his design proposals were spot on at first attempt. Graham is clearly knowledgeable and has considerable experience in dealing with EL planning department, keeping us fully informed throughout. I would have no hesitation in recommending Graham to others who are considering his services.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   20th August 2022
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We only had a small job requirement of new windows but Graham was excellent! Would definitely use again!

review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   18th August 2022
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Graham undertook everything necessary to obtain a Building Warrant for me to remove an internal wall. From producing the drawings, engaging an engineer, and submitting the application.
He attended exactly when he said he would, understood what I required and talked me through the process (which would have been daunting without his help)
Graham is extremely professional, courteous and very knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with.
He always answered any questions I had immediately even at evenings and weekends.
I would not hesitate to recommend Graham at FGH Architectural & Building Design Services.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   4th May 2022
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Graham produced drawings, recommended engineers and created the necessary paperwork to obtain a building warrant required for our new kitchen remodelling project. He is friendly, professional, hugely knowledgeable and easy to get on with. Should, in the future, I require further Architectural services - I will call Graham at FGH Architectural and Building Design Services.

review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   12th April 2022
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Graham is such a lovely guy to work with (likes to talk) but engaging. He took on a difficult piece of work as we changed designer half way through a project. He was up for the challenge and never made this an issue. He was direct and honest at all times. He was responsive by email and phone and a good communicator. He gave us exactly what we asked for. We were exceptionally happy with his work. His costs were about average.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   11th April 2022
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Graham is personable, thoughtful and a trusted advisor. He and I have worked through various options and he has explored each one of my, sometimes maverick, ideas.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   11th October 2021
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Professional from the start. He attended when he said he would, listened to us and built in our wishes to the plans. Great communication and always got back to us when he said he would.
He also dealt with Planning and Building Warrant.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   9th October 2021
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Totally forgot to leave Graeme a review. Really efficient and no issues at all. Highly highly recommend. If I ever need an architectural desgner again then I wouldn't go anywhere else.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   5th August 2021
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Graham recently completed plans for our loft extension, working with us on the design right through to the planning consent and building warrant being issued.

Graham is very experienced & professional, but also a lovely man to deal with and 100% reliable.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend FGH.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   6th July 2021
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Graham was very helpful and easy to work with, he helped us move our project along and kept us up to date. I would definitely recommend him for architectural work.

review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   3rd July 2021
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Our builder recommended Graham. We live in a conservation area and we felt confident he had great experience in what is required. He called at our home and explained the process and we asked him to draw up plans for replacement windows and front wall. He kept us informed throughout the process albeit a lengthy period due to ELC employees working from home. We now have permission granted and if the need arose for further plans we would definitely use Graham again.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   11th June 2021
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Graham was a pleasure to work with, extremely professional, courteous and knowledgeable. Despite our garage conversion being a relatively straightforward project he treated with exceptional focus and was always happy to answer any questions, always quick to respond too. Would certainly recommend.
review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   9th June 2021
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Graham did all the architectural work on a total renovation of my house. He listened to all of my ideas then made something really awesome. He also got me through the whole quagmire of listed building and other consents. I've already recommended him to other folks, including my folks, and would definitely work with him on the next project.

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review stars review stars review stars review stars review stars   20th May 2021
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Graham from FGH Architectural & Building Design Services was prompt and courteous. Surveyed my property and explained to my wife and I exactly what was required and this included what preferences we wished to include.
The whole process was within a reasonable time and he kept in touch throughout.
Would have no doubts in recommending him. Unable to attach a photo as this was for planning permission, which has been granted and awaiting builders to attend.
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