My favourite drawing – you can’t beat a good site layout

You’d be surprised to hear that it’s not the plans, sections and elevations that get my heart a flutter – although very important and they need to communicate the design. My favourite drawing is the site layout. Why? I’m always Read More …

These gorgeous @RIAIOnline Site Signs arrived & going up #busy

These lovely RIAI site signs have just arrived with the first going up this afternoon on a timber frame extension to a traditional 2 storey farmhouse u More to follow..

WANTED: Old house or site in a spectacular location? #Ireland Please share

Client looking for spectacular site I have a client who’s looking to relocate back to Ireland and is looking for a house to extend/renovate/rebuild or a site – spectacular views are a must. The location is fairly broad: For Lakeside Read More …

Site visit photos on #Mayo house

Below are a few photos from todays site visit, checking insulation type, thickness & conductivity: I’m providing full architectural service, Designer and Assigned Certifier services under S.I.9 of 2014

Update on #Mayo #House Photos in progress

Below is a tiled mosaic of the photos of ‘Work in progress’ on this 2 & 1 storey one-off house in Co. Mayo, Ireland (first S.I.9 project on site):

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 …

Update 'Work in progress' photos on first project under S.I No.9

Below is a slideshow of photos of a rural Mayo house, two storey at front, single storey at rear with single storey link. This is our first under new BuilDing Regulations (S.I. No.9 of 2014). I am providing full architectural Read More …

The No Vote wins! Jens Voigt beats hour and I win best website of week

What a week for winners and losers: 1. Scotland decided against being independent. 2. Jens Voigt beats the hour record: Click HERE for The Guardian article on the hour record. 3. I win ‘Best Hosted UK2 website of the week’ Read More …

[POLL] – Singing/Dancing or Blog/Content?

I haven’t done a poll for a while… I’ve been playing with my personal site a bit and have really jazzed it up at www.MarkStephens.net (opens in new window), you can also see some architecture examples here as well as Read More …

A funny story on site inspections…

This was told to me by a person I knew a few years back who was building a house and was at the stage of getting inspections by the ‘draughtsman/engineer/architect’ – no names… The client was upstairs in the house Read More …