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 …

Test in order to become builder in Ireland [sarcasm] @bregsblog mentioned

Test in order to become builder in Ireland Q. 1 Do you know what these are?: n.b Who is competent to undertake the role of a builder? Someone who is competent to do so. Competence is defined as a person Read More …

Advice note on S.I. No.9 of 2014 for Clients, Builders, Suppliers & Certifiers

With just over a week to go before SI. No.9 of 2014 kicks in (March 1st); below is an ‘Advice Note’ I am giving to clients, builders, suppliers & ancillary certifiers to ease the transition. I’ve also included this sheet Read More …

SI No.9 – the saga continues #BRegsReform

Following on from my first post on what is now SI No.9 (I wonder if the Dept are John Lennon fans?). I was speaking to a colleague yesterday and a few additional, important points need to be made: 1. For Read More …

A way forward for self-builders… @bregsforum

This personal viewpoint is my opinion on how to maintain the self-building industry in Ireland. This plan of action could easily be implemented as an adjusted form of SI80 In order to maintain the self building industry (remember that 60% Read More …

Self Builders and the Building Regulations amendments – what can you do? @bregsforum @targetzerogroup @passiveacademy mentioned

I’ve written about this a lot already and below is the post from the BRegsForum which details the current situation regarding self-builders and the SI80 Building Regulations Amendments: http://bregsforum.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/self-builders-to-be-phased-out-under-s-i-80-bregs/ This post therefore concentrates on what you can do if the Read More …

Slideshow of 2x extensions to dormer bungalow by self-builder – Work in progress…

Here’s a slideshow of a project we’re working on with self-builder for 2 extensions to Irish dormer bungalow. Features include:   Contemporary yet traditional curved walls at one end with curved ‘barn’ roof at other Traditional concrete barges but curved Read More …

The difficulty with inspecting and certifying self-builders…

I was just going to mention this in a tweet but I think it needs a few more words – it’s still going to be a nice short, punchy post πŸ˜‰ When you’re working on a main contractor built project; Read More …

There comes a time when YOU as self-builder need to step up to the plate…

I’ve written about something similar to this in ‘YOU are the contractor!’ but I think a little more needs to be said: The comes a time when YOU as self-builder need to step up to the plate… Remember in ‘YOU Read More …

A long overdue job done on our house – the joys (& woes) of self-building…

Even after ‘completing’ our house and living in it for the last 7 years there are still jobs that need to be done. One of these jobs we finished this weekend… Below is the BEFORE photograph… Our house – AFTER: Read More …