So where are we now with the Building Regulation/Control changes? @BRegsBlog mentioned

I thought it useful to outline what the current situation is regarding the Building Regulation Amendments: 1. For a one-off house or extension> 40m2 you can either opt-in to S.I No.9 of 2014 (where you need an Assigned Designer/Certifier etc…) Read More …

Mark Stephens and Mark Stephens Architects are RIAI Accredited as Individual & Practice in Environmental Services

Following the Courses/CPD I have taken on Low Carbon Refurbishments, Passive House (Certified European Passive House Designer) and Renewable Technologies (and passing exam), Mark Stephens is now RIAI Accredited in ‘Environmental’ services and Mark Stephens Architects is an RIAI Practice Read More …

New Years Resolution : More commercial work. @paulmknally mentioned

Over the last year there were a couple of non-residential, commercial projects that I thought “Yes, I could have done that one”. In much the same way that an actor sees the roles that he could have done better [than Read More …

MarkStephensArchitects.com 2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at Read More …

My highlights of 2014: No.8 – We've survived

I met with a local builder recently and his advice was that we should pat ourselves on the back. We have survived. We survived possibly Irelands worse economic disaster in modern times. We survived still working in the worst hit Read More …

My highlights of 2015: No.7 Being part of @BRegsBlog

It’s been a privilege & honour to be part of the @BregsBlog. I’ve never been part of a team that has been so hard working where the single goal is bringing a better Building Control System to Ireland. I only Read More …

My highlights of 2014: No.6 The Shed

Although not finished, and we started it very late in the year. A long overdue project was getting a turf shed started. This is where the shed is currently ‘at’; walls & grass roof on. For more details on the Read More …

My highlights of 2014: No. 5 – I'm getting OK with WordPress…

Although not the best, I’m doing OK with WordPress for web development. Below is a list of the sites I’m ‘associated’ with: Here’s the ‘main’ .com hosted business site http://markstephensarchitects.com To see how far you can take WordPress check out Read More …

My business highlights of 2014 – #1 My Clients

The next few posts are going to show my business highlights of 2014. I’m starting with the most important of all: 1. My Clients I have been blessed to have worked with some incredible clients over the last year on Read More …

I wrote this post on why an architect shouldn't design what the client asks for [UPDATE]

I wrote this post last year on the topic “Why an architect shouldn’t design what the client asks for”. Well, I’ve updated it to include: • Clients sketch • My watercolour at design stage • The finished house Interesting to Read More …