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A Guide to Our Simple Guides! by Alice Hole

You may have noticed a series of “Simple Guides” slowly appearing on our website over the last 9 months or so. The idea behind these guides was to take things that Matt, Mike and Steve deal with every day at 3HW and explain them simply and concisely to a complete beginner with no previous architectural or building experience.

The task of writing these guides fell to me (an artist by trade and dealing with marketing in 3HW) as I am a complete novice in this area and am always having to get Steve, Matt and Mike to patiently explain the procedures they go through to me! I tried to take their ‘architect’s jargon’ and turn it into plain speak to help people through their first building projects.

So far we have produced “Simple Guides” to:

Building an Extension– An overview of what you will need to know before having an extension designed and built.

Other Specialists– A guide explaining some of the specialists you may not have realised that you could need when taking on a building project, and what they all do.

Pre-Application Advice– Here we look at what it is, when you may need it and what happens once you have received the advice.

Building a House in a Garden– a step-by-step guide from first having the idea of having a building plot in your garden, to getting it built or selling the land with Planning Permission if that is your preferred route.

We have many more “Simple Guides” in the pipeline such as a detailed guide to Planning Permission, another for getting Building Regulations and a guide to converting buildings with other uses. We are open to any other ideas so if you have any architecturally related projects or procedures that you would like de-mystified, please contact us and we’ll try and create some more useful “Simple Guides” for you.




Building Regulations Approval – How to save money long-term, by Steve Hole15/05/2017

The first hurdle when starting a building project is to get Planning Permission. For more information about this process, please see our ‘Simple Guides’. Once Planning Permission has been obtained, the next stage is to get Building Regulations Approval. (Again, we talk about this in more detail in our ‘Simple Guides’) What I would like […]


Re-Visiting Completed Projects- by Matt Wills27/03/2017

It’s almost 4 years since I joined 3HW Architecture & Design, and in the process of updating our website, I have been getting back in contact with past clients to visit completed projects and see how they have turned out.  Where we supply our services up to the point where the client and builder essentially […]


Helston Christmas Lights – by Steve Hole22/11/2016

You may have noticed that the Christmas lights have been going up in Helston over the past few weeks ready for the big switch on this Friday. Along with the other Christmas Lights volunteers, we’ve been gathering early on Sunday mornings testing and putting up the displays.The planning for this year’s display started even before […]


How much for some plans…?02/10/2016

People regularly phone us up with the question, “How much for some plans?”, but is it really that simple? Whilst providing plans that the builder will use to construct a project is the end product, it is really only a part of what we do. To us, each project is unique, requiring bespoke solutions. We […]


Trevenson Church15/07/2016

We were delighted earlier this year to find out that the application to Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund had been approved and we are now in the process of finalising the specification for the works. With any roof works to historic buildings at high level, especially churches, getting close up to the fabric […]


We do more than just draw…12/05/2015

It’s now 2 years since I joined 3HW as Design Director, but it barely seems like 2 weeks. Looking back over what has been done over that time is quite startling. We’ve drawn together vast and varied experience into a functioning practice, delivering architectural services across the South East and West. If I had to […]


3HW haved moved01/10/2014

From October 2014 3HW have moved to new premises.  Our new address is 1 Meneage Street, Helston, Cornwall TR13 8AA