• Kitchen extention

  • Granny flat and 2 bed holiday let annexe

  • Plans for 3 one bed townhouses

  • Remodel and extend

    We found Don to be exceptionally punctual and always professional. He was a pleasure to deal with and handled all the planning for us. Very easy to communicate with and efficient with documents etc. I would recommend to anyone needing an architect, great job.

  • loft conversion and kitchen extension

  • Modernisation (Inc. Loft) of 1969 split level bungalow

    Don was a pleasure to work with. Very experienced, methodical and reassuring.

    We took a lot on and Don was a extremely helpful, guiding us through the planning process. Communication was first class and Don was always willing to provide advice along the way.

    We would not hesitate in recommending Dons services and we're very much looking forward to him seeing the finished work.

  • Ground floor extension

    Excellent price and advice, keeps in contact until you have completed the whole process.

  • Extension at the back of the house

    Don is the best architect you can ever find. His technical know how and support is second to none. He guides and gives information that will enable you to get the best out of the architectural drawing. I will forever recommend him to anyone.

  • Kitchen / Over Garage Extension

  • ashfield mobile home park plots

    Donald French of French Designs completed my application for mobile home plots in a thorough and professional way. The application has been successful, I highly recommend him. Ernie Gaskin

  • Design of extension

    Professional and very helpful and made changes quickly at our request. Worked around our busy lives and very good value for money. Would recommend to all

  • Structural Calculations

    Don was punctual and conducted himself in a professional manner. We received very detailed structural calculations within a few days of the site visit. Great value for money. We would use him again and recommend in a heartbeat.

  • Single Story Extension


    It was very evident from his wealth of experience that he has great & invaluable knowledgeable in his field of work & gave us great advice & several options to consider.

    He was very punctual with his meetings & delivered what was agreed on time. A true professional & gentleman.

    Thank you for your service & continuing support, We would highly recommend Don.

    Brett & Jayne.

  • Large two Story Extension

    Don was very friendly and has a lifetime of experience, he gave us great advice on our large 2 story extension and internal layout change. He was also able to do our steel calculations which saved us using another contractor.

    Don completed all the work in a timely manner and the level of the plans were extremely good.

    Don discussed the build with our Builder in the planning stage which helps get things right first time.

    Don offered good value for money and with the use of computer generated plans he was able to offer printable A1 plans at a bargain price! (I ordered 3 copies) this helps when you send them out to builders for quotes.

    Don kept in communication with us throughout the planning stage via Email, text, Mobile. Don was extremely prompt with this.

    I Would recommend Don to anyone looking for a Architect and would no doubt use him again in the future.

    Thanks Don

  • Draw plans for bungalow extention

    Don visited site measured up and produced virtually straight away what we wanted in terms of design. He listened to our thoughts and tweaked the drawings. His knowledge is extensive and the plans passed first time. The building regs drawings also helped us sort a builder and has made certain we now have a lovely home. Definitely would recommend.

  • Calculations for rsj

    Don was polite, professional and quick, would recommend.

  • Planning Drawings required

    Don helped with with submitting plans to make remedial alterations to an light industrial warehouse, to operate a micro-brewery from. I found Don to be efficient, honest and very helpfully, turing the work around in a short timescale, as well as very pleasant to deal with. I will definitely look to use Don again, as and when I require. Great job!!

  • Plans for single storey extension

  • Floor plan and general ideas of what can be achieved

    We needed detailed plans drawing up for a bungalow we had purchased. The bungalow had been extended several times over a number of years, and we were unsure of which walls were supporting and which walls could be knocked through into one.
    Don provided the plans after a home visit, and also suggested how we could achieve our objective, explaining which walls could come down, and also the steel beams required. Don also explained that he could provide the steel calculations required for the loads on the beams.
    Whats resulted was an efficient one stop shop for our house plans and RSJ steel requirements, and saved spending more funds employing a structural engineer. Don even put us in touch with a builder that could carry out the work.
    All in all, a great service from French Designs, and one which we would definitely use again should we require these services. I cannot recommend French Designs highly enough!

  • Removal of internal wall and associated planning permis

    Don has been an excellent support throughout this process. After being let done by another structural architect, Don has been a breath of fresh air.

    We would highly recommend French Designs.

  • Front extension

    Fantastic service, 100% recomend for Donald.

  • Architectural services for loft conversion - bungalow

    Don really helped us to understand what could be done to the house and he came up with a good alternative to the original plans. He did it quickly and courteously.

  • Garage conversion and small kitchen extension

    We were extremely happy with the service offered by Don. He came out to visit us and discuss the work with our builder on multiple occasions, gave us advice about the pitfalls of completing our build but most of all was swift and professional.
    Don listened to our initial plans, worked with us to enhance our ideas and then delivered both plans for building control and instructions for our builder. We couldn't be happier and couldn't sing his praises highly enough.


    Don provided a good outline of what needed to be done, completed the planning application clearly and then submitted it on my behalf, and with little demands on my time.

    Don has done an excellent job, and I am grateful for the work he has carried out.

    It was good value for money too!

  • Measured Building Survey

    Great work, very helpful and reliable.

  • Site plan followed by new plans and application

    Excellent service from an experienced, trusted and committed partner with the utmost personal and professional integrity. I have no hesitation in recommending Don to any prospective client.

  • calculations steel beam instalation over new bifold drs

    Donald from French Designs was extremely efficient, friendly and very good value for money. I can not praise him enough and would recommend him to anyone. In fact i already have to a friend whom is in need of structural calculations for her new build and planning permission. My only regret is that i did not discover French Designs earlier as i would rather have given Donald the whole task of designing my 2x extensions from start to finish. (porch and kitchen diner).

  • Architectural plans for Loft Conversion

    Don was very friendly & easy to work with. We were pleased we used his services as it gave us a much better idea of what was possible with the space we had available.

  • Proposed renovation and extension

    A prompt, courteous and professional service from conception to completion. Don had some very good ideas to make the most of the limited space we had to work with. Highly recommended.

  • loft conversion

    a very proffesional service.came to house and did a survey had a good chat and came up with some good solutions to a few problems that came up in the design of my loft .produced some good drawings for the project and also advised on building control and helped sort things out .i would reccomend his services to other people thinking of a project on there house a job well done

  • To provide drawings for private property extension

    Comes highly recommended, Don is lovely and helpful, he get the job done quickly and efficiently. Thank you

  • Create 2 bedrooms and bathroom in loft

    We were very happy with Donald's work. He's produced the required drawings swiftly and correctly. He's also dealt with the planning application form for us and submitted it to the Local Planning Authority. We have also employed Donald later to produce Building Control drawings for us and again we were not let down.
    The prices are very competitive compared to other architects we have approached at the same time and whatever we needed was drawn. There was also no problem with contacting Donald and any amendments that needed doing were quickly provided.

    We are happy with the service received from Donald and would recommend him to his future clients.

  • Rear two story extension in Flintham

  • Drawings

    First class service,really nice chap and does a very professional job.hence I would recommend him and hopefully be using again.many thanks don, mark and sally.

  • house alteration

    Don was very quick to respond to the job and gave an excellent quote. The job was done quickly to a high standard, would happily recommend him to others.

  • change of use

    We contracted Don of FRENCH DESIGNS, immediately after our first onsight meeting. We had an idea of what we wanted, he listened to us and used his knowledge and exprience to achieve a result that we are very pleased with. We would not hesitate in reccomending Don of FRENCH DESIGNS who was excellent to work with on our project.


  • Two storey extension

  • Kitchen Alterations

  • kitchen extension and conservatory

    Hello, I hired Don to draw ups plans for a kitchen extension/conservatory project through to obtaining planning permission and the tendering process. Don is very knowledgeable, communication is good and it's been a pleasure having him complete this work. You get the feeling Don is "On your side" and this is reflected in the quality of his work. I would highly recommend Don's work.

  • Double storey extension

    Easy to deal with, very knowledgable and flexible over meeting times.

  • Plans for porch

  • Prepare Drawings for Planning Approval

    I am a very small developer currently working on four (4) properties in South Derbyshire and Burton on Trent. Over the past 20 years I have used the services of Chartered Architects and Architectural Technicians to design and build many projects including new starts and complete renovations.

    In May 2013 I was very fortunate to discover and select Mr. Donald French of French Designs to prepare the architectural designs for the Planning Application relating to redeveloping a complete house with complex elevations and accommodation requirements.
    I have been pleasantly surprised with the quality of Don's unmatched services which have exceeded my expectations. Don has provided me unmatched quality value and helped me to reduce building cost through more efficient designs and choice of materials. He has delivered Professional services timely and pro-actively and in the process he has surprised me with his in-depth and diverse knowledge and experience of the building trades. He is obviously adept to the digital age and able to take on any job with the modest instructions from his clients.
    I have no hesitation to recommend Don to any serious developer.

    Thank you, Don, for all your help and I look forward to working with you on other projects.

    Dr. Sam A. Fadhley of PMG, Burton on Trent.

  • Building Control Plans for Knocking Down Wall

    Fantastic service. Don is a true professional who delivered an exceptional service. He was always prompt to respond and always completed tasks when he said he would. He listened to what we wanted and developed a set of plans that met our needs perfectly. His knowledge and experience was invaluable. Would definitely use Don again and would highly recommend his services to anyone.

  • plans for garage.

    Highly recommended very knowledgable and helpful

  • plans for an extension and modification to existing

  • Extension Design

  • Positive Client Reference taken by MyBuilder

    I have known Don for many years and he has done work for the scheme for about 10 years. We have had many projects done, no problems with the professionalism, snagging is always carried out satisfactorily and we are always very pleased with the work. Price is very competitive. Jobs have been completed on time and the outcome is that everything has always been properly constructed and we have been happy with the results. I certainly would recommend him.

  • Positive Client Reference taken by MyBuilder

    Mr French had been the designer on several of our building projects. We have no negative comments, only good. We have always completed the works on time and within the set budget. Mr French will organize your project from start to finish with the minimum amount of fuss.

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