PSDP (Project Supervisor Design Process) now bookable and payable online…

We have now added our PSDP (Project Supervisor Design Process) Services as an appointment that can be booked and paid for online to ensure your compliance with the Construction Regulations. For more information on your duties and to book us 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 …

Builders: You only need to do 3 things to keep @architectmark happy

If you are a builder on one of my projects, all you have to do are 3 things to keep me happy: 1. Read Have a good look and understand all the drawings and specifications. Everything that you need to Read More …

#Shed UPDATE #Vectorworks

Those following the shed construction, below is an updated drawing that includes all the rafter and plywood sheets in 2D & 3D and plus a count-up of the items we need to purchase: Shed_drawing_november_a This where we’re at so far: Read More …

I have an Assigned Certifier, why do I need an architect?

Since April this year, it is mandatory (for new houses & extensions >40m2) that the works are ‘signed-off by one of three registered professionals: 1. Registered Architect 2. Chartered Engineer or 3. Registered Building Surveyor. There has been much debate Read More …

Site photos update (work in progress)

Below is a gallery of ‘Work in progress’ site photos of a 2 & 1 storey house extension currently under construction in County Mayo where we are providing full architectural services from design to completion plus ‘Designer’ and Assigned Certifier Read More …

Advice Note Number 6 – Airtight Cavity Masonry Construction (thanks again to @ecologicalbuild )

This follows quickly on from the Advice Note #5 on roof insulation and ventilation and deals with achieving airtightness with a masonry, cavity construction. There are stacks of disclaimers on the advice note as this deals with the basics only; Read More …

New responsibilities for homeowners under Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013

As well as the forthcoming changes to the Building Regulations in March 2014; last week saw the signing into law of the new Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE FOR HOMEOWNERS Read More …

Anyone building or contemplating a build should get a medal…

Anyone building or contemplating a build should get a medal… We’re living in difficult times and anyone that contemplates building should be applauded. To that effect I propose that these brave souls are given a medal: Bronze = Contemplating a Read More …

Ireland is no better off in construction standards than it was during the Celtic Tiger…

Ireland is no better off in construction standards than it was during the Celtic Tiger… A bold statement but unfortunately true. Let’s look at what happened and what is now happening… Celtic Tiger Days We as designers and builders knew Read More …