Name checked in yesterdays @thesundaytimes #SelfBuild

I was name checked in a feature in the Sunday Times on self-building yesterday: We’ve added this into the PRESS section of the website where you can see other articles we’re featured in Special thanks to Cian Molloy

New lending rules for 1st time buyers – what it means for self-builders…

It was great to see the Central Bank relax the rules for first-time buyers of property. The lending rules (Applicable for January 1st 2017) apply to self-build mortgages as well as to the purchase of new homes and are summarised Read More …

Mark Stephens Architects featured in Home&Build Magazine (Summer 2016)

The current issue (Summer 2016) of Ireland’s Home&Build – Self Builders Guide features the house we designed for Tim Morris in Foxford, County Mayo. Available now in all good newsagents or subscribe HERE Or click HERE for the online edition 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 …

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 …

#Passivhaus trickle-down on 'Standard' projects

What I’m seeing over the last few years is that even if the client doesn’t go the ‘whole enchilada’ with a certified Passivhaus (I would however highly recommend designing, building and certifying to the Passivhaus standard incidentally); many of the Read More …

You need to think smaller…

I wrote this post in 2012 on why you need to think smaller when designing and building a house. Two years later and the situation has got worse, not better. With the banks requiring that you need a 20% deposit Read More …

SI No.9 – the saga continues #BRegsReform

Following on from my first post on what is now SI No.9 (I wonder if the Dept are John Lennon fans?). I was speaking to a colleague yesterday and a few additional, important points need to be made: 1. For Read More …

Self Builders and the Building Regulations amendments – what can you do? @bregsforum @targetzerogroup @passiveacademy mentioned

I’ve written about this a lot already and below is the post from the BRegsForum which details the current situation regarding self-builders and the SI80 Building Regulations Amendments: http://bregsforum.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/self-builders-to-be-phased-out-under-s-i-80-bregs/ This post therefore concentrates on what you can do if the Read More …

The Building Regulation changes and Self Builders: one for @bregsforum

The forthcoming changes in the Building Regulations in March 2014 (S.I. No. 80 of 2013 BUILDING CONTROL (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 2013) have big repercussions for residential self-builders. Nearly 60% of houses constructed in Ireland are self-builds (source NaSBA) and with the Read More …