What is #Conservation ? The Neues Museum #Berlin

The faithful readers and Instagram followers may have spotted that I was in Berlin recently (half of the week was in Berlin but had to cut the trip short when the Passivhaus conference in the other half was moved (again) Read More …

Planning just about to go in on this #Mayo #Contemporary #Cottage #Extension

I seem to have ended up being the ‘go-to guy’ for Irish Cottages, refurbishment, restoration & extension. This project calls into that category. It’s in County Mayo and features a contemporary extension at the rear using ‘agricultural’ materials to respect Read More …

Notification of grant on this contemporary Irish Cottage extension

Just received some good news at the start of 2021 that this very contemporary extension to a traditional Irish cottage has been granted planning permission: The cottage has undergone previous extensions and this one adds vital space for a family Read More …

Happy New Year ! Office & business Covid opening arrangements…

Below is an update of our working arrangements for the next 4 weeks due to the current Level 5 lockdown. From Monday 4th January 2020 for 4 weeks the office will be closed to visitors. Work is continuing remotely. Site Read More …

New works complete on this #Thatch #Cottage #Extension – restoration of existing next #Mayo

Popped by an ongoing project for an extension to a thatched cottage in County Mayo last week (first visit in a while due to Covid & lockdown). The new works are complete and now being lived in whilst the existing Read More …

2019 – A year in review of Mark Stephens Architects

It’s that time of the year when we look back in review and see how good (or bad) the year has been. Here are a couple of other years where I’ve done the same thing: 2018 2016 Well what have Read More …

TY Project on Swinford Town Hall

Swinford Town Hall 1.0 Historical Background Townhall, Swinford Below is an animation of the Town Hall in Swinford: 1.0.1 The building was on a T-shaped plan with a seven-bay deep single-storey central return. The priests and the parishioners decided to Read More …

Deep retrofits are the way forward #ClimateEmergency #Passivhaus #EnerPHit #ArchitectsDeclareIE

Currently Ireland is midway in #ScienceWeek: Science Week refers to series of science-related events for the general public which are held in a specific countries during a designated week of the year. The aim of such science weeks is to Read More …

#Mayo #Cottage #Refurbishment reaches completion

Another project finished in County Mayo – a refurbishment and tidy-up of a traditional Irish Cottage (our specialty!). The project required planning as we removed the flat roof at the back and replaced it with a double pitched slate roof Read More …

nZEB and get your planning applications in ASAP!

We are approaching some very critical dates regarding the Building Regulations and particularly Part L (Conservation of Fuel & Energy); so this post explains what this means and what you need to be doing: What is nZEB? ‘Nearly Zero Energy Read More …