This is a saying that has been used in many training courses and seminars throughout the years. It reflects what Robbie Burns had to say: “The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men, Gang aft agley”. You’ll surely appreciate the sentiment. Interestingly, the next line, rarely quoted, backs up his original premise: “An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promis’d joy!”

These are wise words to muse upon if you are considering a home extension or loft conversion, or perhaps you are aiming to convert a barn or garage. In the commercial world, there are many shop front or internal refurbishment possibilities or premises redesign options. All are exciting opportunities, but are certainly in need of the planning skills highlighted in the title of this blog post.

This is where the skills offered by David Haworth Architectural Design, based in Darwen, come quickly to the fore. Some folk go straight to a builder and ask how much what they have in mind is likely to cost. Understandably, reputable firms will be extremely reluctant to quote at this stage, but will ask for the design plans in order for them to fully understand the work to be undertaken.

If you are considering renovations, such as those already mentioned, it makes good sense to take advantage of an initial free consultation, which can be obtained by a call to 07976 20 66 33. This gives you the chance to fully understand the scope of what you are trying to achieve, in terms of the planning and building regulatory approvals that you will need to gain. David Haworth can make the necessary submissions on your behalf and help ensure that all approvals are gained.

Once you have clearly explained what you are looking for, these ideas can be drafted into the detailed floor plans or building designs needed to turn a dream into a reality. You can then take these professionally drafted designs to your choice of builders and they will be able to provide realistic quotes for the work you are wanting completed. By working through this process, you have the chance for the “promis’d joy” that Scotland’s national poet talked about!