Should you Opt-In or Out of The Building Control Requirements (SI No.9)?

I’ve just put together THIS HANDY FACT SHEET on whether you should Opt-In or Opt-Out of SI. No. 9 of 2014 i.e. the Building Control Requirements of a Design and Assigned Certifier etc… Stacks more handy fact sheets in the Read More …

Mark Stephens Architects in yesterdays Sunday Times…

In case you missed it: below is the article where we were featured in the Sunday Time’s article on Self-Building and the Building Regulations: You can see other articles where Mark Stephens Architects are included HERE

Yay I am now a qualified PSDP (Project Supervisor for the Design process)

I have recently passed the RIAI Project Supervisor Design Process course which qualifies me to take on the appointment of PSDP on construction projects. What exactly is a PSDP? Read what a PSDP is HERE (opens in new window) Does 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 …

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:

Common misconception on architects’ stage payments & fees… @RIAIonline mentioned

I’ve written about architects’ fees recently HERE and I’m not going to reiterate the value that you can get from appointing an architect. From a well-designed home that will increase in value over the years, to a home that is Read More …

How many inspections does a build need ? @BuildConReg & @BRegsBlog mentioned

I’ve written about this subject previously HERE and the key part and precedent mentioned in this post is: “It is held that an architect is entitled to use his judgement as to how frequently he inspects: “…He may in such Read More …