Mark Stephens Architects included in best practice for Roscommon Rural House Guidelines

County Roscommon have just released their own Rural House Guidelines and we are proud to say that one of our projects has been included within it. You can see our example showing ‘Best Practice’ when extending properties and using flat Read More …

Mark Stephens returns from delivering a successful Passivhaus Conference paper & presentation

Mark Stephens has just returned from a successful delivery of his paper & presentation titled “Designing with the vernacular in relation to planning & Passivhaus – An Irish perspective” at the recent 22nd 2018 International Passive House Conference in Munich, Read More …

#Architalks #23 #Style

This post is part of the ArchiTalks series where a group of us (architects who also blog) all post on the same day and promote each other’s blogs. This post takes a slight different lead from the previous ones (where Read More …

Out to tender on this #Rural #Mayo #House #TataUrbanColourCoat

We’ve just gone out to tender on this pitched and mono-pitched design in County Mayo. Slate for the storey & 1/2 and Tata Urban Colocoat for the mono-pitch

Planning permission granted on this new house #Westport #Mayo

Just received notification of Grant of Planning Permission on this 2 block, narrow plan (Read HERE about Narrow plan forms) new house with connecting link near Westport, County Mayo. A tricky amount of Further Information required, too painful to go 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 …

Planning application going in on this #Sedum #Roof #Passivhaus #Mayo

After a lot of pre-planning; we’re lodging the planning application on this unusual house next week: It has a stack of thinks I love in design: • Plan is to go fully Passivhaus Certified • Folded origami style roofs • Read More …

4 key pages anyone building in #Mayo should read…

I’ve just sent these 4 key pages to a client considering a new house in County Mayo. All of them essential reading: 1. The Mayo Rural House Design Guide by Mayo County Council 2. What is the difference between an Read More …

Planning Permission lodged on this double split level house #GodSpeed

Just lodged this application for a traditional yet contemporary house. Double split level on steep site. Fingers crossed…:

If you're thinking of appointing me as architect in Co.Mayo, please please read this first…

This problem is rearing it’s head again; clients having unrealistic expectations of the house they’re looking for in County Mayo. Actually this is still occurring across the other counties I’m working including: Sligo, Roscommon, Leitrim, Galway… So if you’re looking Read More …