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 …

New Years Resolutions to my clients #housenaming

There are a few things we’ll be continuing/adding to our ‘Standard’ services to our clients for 2017: As an incentive to grant permission to photograph projects we’ll give: FREEBIES • A complimentary bottle of bubbly on completion • Complimentary bunch 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:

2016 Review of projects – Wow it’s been busy

It’s that time of year for our annual review of projects. It looks like we’ve finally seen the tide turn and this year has been exceptionally busy. Let’s hope this continues (for everyone) in 2017 despite Brexit & Trump. So Read More …

What garden would a #Passivhaus have? [guest post by @LinseyEvans] cc @vectorworks

Following on from my guest post on Garden Designer Linsey Evans site on ‘What is a Passivhaus?’ I am pleased to post here a reciprocal post by Linsey on a trickier conundrum on: What type of garden would a Passivhaus Read More …

A new Advice Sheet on Airtightness Critical Locations added

I haven’t done an advice sheet in a while and this problem has occurred on site recently so I’ve put together this sheet on ‘often forgotten’ and critical airtightness locations: Click HERE to download Advice Sheet #9 – Airtightness Critical Read More …

How much does an architect cost ? 2017 Prices

This is the topic I return to again and again! THIS POST summarises and has links to the older posts (going back to 2010) THIS POST goes through our new business model for initial consultations and ‘sketch’ designs Pricing strategy Read More …

Planning permission extended on this one-off Passivhaus in County Longford

We’ve just received notification that the time limit on this intended Passivhaus in County Longford has been extended to 2021 (sounds a long way off!). Gives the client more options if the planning is still in date: This was one Read More …

Mark Stephens Article on Underground Houses in current Self Build Magazine

The current issue (Autumn 2016) of Self Build & Improve your Home Magazine has the updated piece we wrote on underground construction & features our own underground house and intensive & extensive roofs. Available now in all good newsagents or Read More …