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Our clients praise us for our great results, personable service, expert knowledge and prompt delivery of services. Take our clients’ word for it. Here’s what they have to say about us…

“I would like to say a big thank you to you and your staff for your help and guidance in obtaining planning approval for the extension on the bungalow I have purchased in Findern. Your ideas and recommendations were invaluable especially as I have not purchased a property or undertaken anything on this scale before. Your ready advice and reassurance helped me through a process I would not have liked to undertaken without a caring organisation.

Even my lack of I.T skills were compensated by your willingness to provide hard copies of documents I needed to respond to. I would certainly recommend anyone wishing to extend or redesign their property to make you their first point of contact.

Wishing you continued success and many happy years in your beautify property in Willington.

Christine Thompson

“Swarkestone Cricket Club has recently completed the construction of a substantial new cricket pavilion, at their ground in Swarkestone, Derby.’Making Plans’, a local company, were chosen to complete our architectural plans and submissions.From the outset, the level of service and expertise provided was excellent.The project was unusual, in that it was ‘project managed’ by the Cricket Club.It is safe to say without the outstanding guidance/advice provided by Matt King and his committed staff, our construction project would not have succeded. Nothing was too much trouble for the ‘Making Plans’ team and all at the Cricket Club are grateful to you for providing the design, vision and expertise necessary to achieve our splendid new cricket pavilion.”

Dermot Stuart
Swarkestone Cricket Club

“Matt and the team carried out the design and planning details for my extension. I have been very impressed with the attention to detail and professional manor Matt and his team went about the job. Would recommend Making Plans and will use them again in the future. Thank you for a great job.”


“My wife and I bought an old 1970’s style house in Newton Solney that we wanted to change to a completely new design both inside and out. This required an imaginative approach to create something that had the “wow” factor as you passed it from the street. We met with Matt and from the very first moment it was clear that he knew what we wanted and how to go about making it happen. He came with many ideas, designed and re-designed, multiple times our thoughts, until we put on to paper something we were happy with.

Matt then stayed to help us as the Project Manager for the whole full scale renovation. To say we couldn’t have done it without him is an understatement. We live in Dubai, it would not have been possible to manage such a project from so far away, but with Matt there in day to day control we were able to sleep soundly knowing everything was being taken care of. The project was not as easy as first thought, and it created many obstacles along the way but Matt was always able to come with a reassuring authoritative voice guiding us and helping us make the right decision.

We are so very grateful to Matt and his team for all they have done, we now have a beautiful home, that really stands out in the village, and makes us proud to pull up on the driveway.

We would not hesitate to use Matt again if we are ever mad enough to take on such an undertaking again!

Thank you Matt.”

James and Luanna Bicknell
Dubai, UAE

“I lost my very dear partner after illness and I needed to throw myself into something to take my mind off this awful event. For a long time, we had planned to have a complete renovation of the bungalow which we both shared for many years. In good times we would visit friends in Willington and we saw the offices of Making Plans. With that in mind, I contacted them and told them my plans. I know that my partner would be proud of what I have achieved but I could not have done this alone. I love my two storey conservatory and downstairs utility room, my new bedroom in the attic and my bedroom conversion into a fantastic bathroom. Thank you Making Plans I am so glad I rang you!”

Miss Susan Vernon

“Can’t thank Matt and his team enough for helping us to transfer our ideas into what we have now, a perfect family home. Upon meeting Matt for the first time he gave us confidence in his teams ability and how they could help us to take these ideas and run with them. He talked us through the whole process from start to finish, ideas, drawings, costs, planning applications, changes, approvals and ultimately pulling together specifications for presenting to builders. Getting it right is about finding the right architect and the right builder – we got both spot on and the results speak for themselves.”

Kevin & Vera Boyes

“We approached Making Plans to discuss a possible 2-storey side extension to our 3-bedroom house in 2014, to add an extra bedroom and bathroom and more space downstairs. We had been unsure who to use for the design but knew friends who had already talked to Making Plans about an extension they were having and having seen the drawings created for their project, we were impressed.

After contacting the Making Plans office via the website, Matt King arranged to visit for a free discussion about the feasibility of an extension and to give us a rough idea of costs and the process in general from design through to build and completion. Matt was thoroughly professional, friendly and happy to answer all of our questions. We decided to proceed and Matt produced a full estimate of the costs for each stage of the work, which highlighted every stage from survey and design through to planning and its associated fee. There were no surprises or extras that Matt had not foreseen as the design and planning work progressed.

As Making Plans had handled the design and planning process so well, we decided to use them to draw up a detailed schedule of works for builders to quote against and also enrolled Matt’s services for project management. This decision was one that more than repaid the cost in terms of the benefit we got from Matt overseeing the build. The building process was a very stressful one at times for us, living around the construction, but Matt was always calm and keen to put us at ease and resolve issues swiftly and without fuss. His ability to look at problems from a neutral perspective also ensured that relations between the builder and us remained civil: he was always honest if he felt that we needed to give way on an issue but equally fought our corner on several occasions when things were not as they should be.

Once the build was complete and long after Making Plans’ final invoice was paid, Matt was still communicating with the builder on our behalf to resolve post-build issues that were dragging on and still not addressed. There was no onus on Matt or Making Plans to do this as the contract between us was complete, but it is indicative of the professionalism and helpful attitude of Matt and the Making Plans team that we experienced at all stages during the design and construction of the extension.

We would therefore have no hesitation in recommending the services of Making Plans to anyone considering using them for a similar project.”

Mr & Mrs Goodchild

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