This #advice is so important I’ve updated it and included it again…

This is something that comes up again and again and again. Following a lengthy design process and planning permission is obtained or an Exempted Development design is proposed. The client makes changes to the design and doesn’t obtain a new Read More …

Do you need planning permission for changing windows?

This is omething I’m asked on a fairly frequent basis, what are the guidelines if you’re doing work around the house and you’re thinking of altering windows – is planning permission required? The Department of Environment and Local Government has Read More …

Planning Tip #3 – Maximise your Exempted Development rights

I guess this is a combination of the two planning tips posts on ‘Don’t Participate’ and ‘Utilise an existing building’ and that is to be clever about maximising your Planning Exempted Development rights: Exempted development is development for which planning Read More …

Planning Permission Granted for our Office & Shopfront

We received notification yesterday that our office and shopfront has been granted planning permission. Front elevation below: The bulk of my work is residential but I’m more than happy to take on commercial work where I am equally trained and Read More …

When is a shed not a shed? #Planning

The faithful readers will know about the shed I have currently under construction. And yes the roof stayed on last night following #StormRachel (despite the roof not being strapped down). I was thinking about exempted development recently and there’s an Read More …

My highlights of 2014: No. 5 – I'm getting OK with WordPress…

Although not the best, I’m doing OK with WordPress for web development. Below is a list of the sites I’m ‘associated’ with: Here’s the ‘main’ .com hosted business site http://markstephensarchitects.com To see how far you can take WordPress check out Read More …

How to complete all your CPD in one hit: #Passivhaus

CPD or Continuing Professional Development is part and parcel of the architects duties and responsibilities and is summarised by the RIAI below: “The systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skill and the development of personal qualities necessary for Read More …

Irish Planning Myth #6 Make as many changes as you like;just send a letter into Council as a minor amendment

Irish Planning Myth #6 Make as many changes as you like;just send a letter into Council as a minor amendment… Now this one has really perplexed me; and I’m still unsure whether it’s really a myth or not. So any Read More …

Planning Myth #3 – If it's up more than 7 years you don't need planning permission ( @ccferrie mentioned)

There’s been so many questions on this topic I’ve set up an online planning service where you can ask your specific question and get an answer for €49.99 (inc VAT) Planning Myth #3 – If it’s up more than 7 Read More …

Yay, CPD target reached for year; but what is CPD?

You may have seen the occasional tweet concerning CPD and that I’ve reached this years RIAI target. But what exactly is CPD? CPD, or Continuing Professional Development is the lifelong learning or continuing education that is mandatory to ensure architects Read More …