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 …

House design in rural Ireland #NarrowPlan

Rural House Guidelines – Narrow depth plans There are several consistent themes running through every County Council in Ireland regarding rural house design: • Simple plan forms • Traditional roof pitches (35-55 deg) • Narrow plan depth It’s this last Read More …

At pre-planning on this new house design #architect #design

We’re at pre-planning stage on this new ‘architect’ designed house: I wrote THIS POST in 2013 regarding my ‘sun-tracking’ designs. This one falls into that and has several similarities to what has gone before. What’s interesting as a designer, however Read More …

PP granted and starting on site on this contemporary courtyard extension to trad. farmhouse

Planning permission granted & going to site on this contemporary, courtyard extension to a traditional 2 storey farmhouse in County Sligo, Ireland: Watch this space for ‘Work in progress’ updates…

Name checked as additional contributor in this @selfbuildire article

I haven’t written for SelfBuild & Improve your home magazine for a while but I occasionally provide additional information when asked as in the name-checked recent article below on the A-Z of self-building by Astrid Madsen: Cutting also included in Read More …

Is the new BCAR system what's best for country? Mark Stephens name checked in Irish Examiner

I gave a quick interview over phone for the Irish Examiner last week in THIS ARTICLE in the Irish Examiner on Saturday; my thoughts on the further amendments to the Building Control system.

Opt-in or out? of Building Control – The pro's & cons cc @BRegsBlog

Following on from THIS POST on the ‘Opting-out’ change to S.I.9 of Building Control, here’s a post outlining my personal opinion on the pro’s and cons of whether you should ‘opt-in’ or ‘opt-out’. An explanatory Information Note by the Dept Read More …

More like @MrGeorgeClarke & @Kevin_McCloud everyday with these 'revisits'; double ended extension in Mayo here:

Just like Restoration Man & Grand Designs I occassionally return to a project to see how things have progressed. These double ended extensions to a Mayo dormer bungalow were an eclectic addition to what was a straightforward house. Maximising the Read More …

Planning Tip #2: Don't build a new house. Utilise something existing

I know that you are dreaming of your lovely new house and my advice not to build goes against this but hear me out… It’s becoming apparent the Local Authorities across Ireland do not want you to build a new Read More …

The #NewOffice in Swinford is open!

There’s still a bit of work to do but we’re in! We’re finally working from our new office in Swinford, County Mayo. I’ve also taken on an assistant (Melissa) who you can see in the photo: A special thanks to Read More …