Looking for an architect in the West of Ireland? Book an initial consultation… [page updated]

If you are contemplating an architectural project in the West of Ireland then our INITIAL CONSULTATION service is proving a great way to kick-start a project. We undertook a stack of consultations like this in 2016 and we’re continuing them Read More …

Mould and buildings! A huge thanks to Simon McGuinness @PassiveLogical for this [video]

The topic of mould has raised it’s head a lot on the refurbishment of older properties we’ve been working on recently. The excellent video below by Simon McGuinness (PassiveLogical) gives a full and detailed explanation of what’s happening and what Read More …

It’s always good to finish a year with projects ready to start the next…

Hopefully, it will never be like 2007 again when we finished 2006 full of hope with the projects starting the following year; when in the space of the first week in January every single project was canceled or postponed indefinitely. Read More …

This @marion_mcgarry #IrishCottage image is going viral !

Sometimes a tweet takes a life of it’s own and I’ve watched with interest how a recent Tweet by Dr. Marion McGarry (whose forthcoming book on Irish Cottages I’m eagerly anticipating) has been liked and retweeted over and over again! Read More …

When trying to pick an architect – don’t focus too much on other houses they’ve done

Now this is a bit of a dichotomy: • You’re trying to pick the architect that’s perfect for you, your family and your project • Therefore you’re looking through their portfolio of work (HERE is ours by the way) • Read More …

Nearing completion on the two storey contemporary extension to Sligo Irish farmhouse [slideshow]

Quick update with a slideshow on this two storey extension to a traditional Irish farmhouse in County Sligo:

My mug is in Nov/Dec 2016 issue of @ConstructionCIF – thanks to @fergal5 for spot

A special thanks to Fergal O’ Malley of Timbertech Homes for spotting my ugly mug in the current (Nov/Dec 2016) issue of Construction magazine (the official magazine of the Construction Industry Federation). The piece was on the seminars I gave Read More …

Fair play to @Hozier on doing the right thing on his ‘rock star manor’

I noticed with interest over the weekend that Hozier is doing the right thing with his proposed new house in Wicklow: Rather than building a new ‘Mansion’; Hozier has done the right thing by utilising an existing property with several Read More …

Seasons Greetings & what I’m doing this year instead of cards… @ShelterBox @SimonCommunity @trocaire

A Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Mark Stephens Architects. This year instead of posting cards we’ll be emailing a Seasons Greeting to clients and friends and then dividing the money we would have spent on the cards & Read More …

Dual-pronged propositions for clients in 2017… #business #entrepreneur

As an architect who also has an interest in entrepreneurship and business; we’re pleased to continue our dual-pronged simplified propositions for clients through 2017. But what are the two types of ‘proposition’ simplifiers? 1. The Price simplifier The price simplifier Read More …