• Need to Know: Updated Building Control Regulations

    The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations – now numbered S.I. No. 9 – was signed into law by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, T.D. on 15 January 2014. What this means for you is that in order to construct a house, you will need an architect, engineer or surveyor to supervise the project.   As registered architects, can provide this service for you or we can liaise with an architect, surveyor or engineer of your choosing to provide planning or construction drawings.

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  • Building ultra-cheaply

    Radically altering what we expect houses to look like can massively reduce the cost of building a house. Irish architect Dominic Stevens built his house for €25k. Here is a link to a "how to". There is also a great BBC series on how to self-build cheaply at the moment called "The house that £100k built". It is available to see online on YouTube and BBC player. Here is the YouTube link. With some imagination and some hard work, a liveable house can be built for a life altering-ly cheap price - what could you do without a mortgage. Following on...

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  • Free House Plans

    The internet has opened up the world of design allowing the  radical re-conceptualisation of the house. Here are some of our favourite links.
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  • Disruptive technology

    Recent years have brought about a number of technologies that can bring serious disruption to the way buildings are designed and constructed. With mobile computing (smart phones, tablets etc.) and additional information available on-line (google maps and streetview, online flood maps, up-loadable panoramic photos and photo-spheres), the need to visit a site in person is reduced. The rise of 3d design programmes such as Revit (BIM or building information management) allows design changes to be achieved affordably and quickly. This means quality responsive design which can take your site, orientation, views and privacy into consideration for a fraction of the...

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  • Self Building Tips - part 2

    Part 2 of our self build tips.

    Photos of your build:

    Take photos of anything which is going to be covered up: timber studs in a wall, underfloor heating pipes, electric wiring – it will be easier to look for things afterwards if you want to change or fix something.

    Spare materials:

    Keep spare tiles and timber boards after you finish – just in case you need to do any repairs later. Store tiles under kitchen units and under the bath (if there is a panel).

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  • Self Building Tips - part 1

    Tips: Doing a self build, you learn a lot of things that you think “I wish someone told me that before I started” – here are some things to consider to help your build go smoothly: Design: Make sure you also read our blog post on 5 items to avoid during your design and build! Storage: You can never have enough – but make sure that it is well laid out and has well designed full wall shelves and cupboards. Depending on whether you are putting in solar panels or not, you may need a very large space for the...

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  • 5 mistakes to avoid when designing and building your home

    Building more than you need Too large, it will contain wasted space, which costs more to run, heat and cool. Plus there is all that extra mortgage to pay for. Often unused rooms just end up as a dumping ground for “stuff”. Instead if you might need extra space at some point in the future, plan now to accommodate it – have a design which is easily extendable. It is also a good idea to have a room which can transition easily between uses – a guest room doubling as home office/kids study which “hide away” bed and office goods...

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  • The possibilities in Irish Architecture

    One of the more striking things about traditional Irish architecture often lost in modern construction is its “humanness”. Because they were built up slowly by the people who actually used them, spaces – both internally and externally - were built to live in and enjoy. There is a “touchability” and “materiality” to materials, a harmony of the design with its landscaping and a sympathy with the local terrain and climate.   On our Pinterest page, we have collected pictures of old and new Irish and international design which may inspire.  The Pinterest link is located in the bottom left hand...

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  • Rural housing design guides.

    Most Irish local authorities have published rural dwelling design guides that help you understand the design principles which Planners look for in Planning Applications. They are well worth reading, and should inspire. Read not only that from your own local authority but others too – the Cork rural housing design guide is particularly thorough and well presented version, the Limerick and Monaghan are also excellent. The basic idea contained in these guides is that we can [and should] learn from tradition and vernacular design. At, all of our designs take account of these principles. Taking traditional knowledge on forms,...

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  • Designing with sunlight

    As you browse through the site, you’ll note that the text accompanying each design talks about which way the design is intended to face. This refers to the main entrance door of the house. This is a very important principle for us. The way the house is intended to face determines which rooms get the sun when and how much. Optimally, living spaces should get sun during the day and in the evening with bedrooms getting sun either during the day or in the morning. Other spaces- utilities, toilets, storage, corridors etc. should be placed towards the north – where...

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