The ubiquitous 'Year in Review 2012…' of Mark Stephens Architects:

I’ve been doing these a few years now on this blog and it’s interesting looking back on them:

Year in review 2010

Year in review 2011

What’s interesting as you look over the years are the projects that are being designed, those going in for planning, those paused for one reason and another and those that are completed. And it is to all of the clients, past, present and future that I thank you.

So, what are the images and projects of this year?

This extension was completed in County Clare:


Glazing detail from recently completed house extension in County Clare. Here we see stepped glazing with inverted mono-pitch roof together with the 1.0m buffer zone.

As was this extension in County Roscommon (tear sheet below):

Tear Sheet on modern extension

Tear sheet on this 2 storey contemporary extension to traditional Irish farmhouse

I passed the RIAI Conservation course and I am now a Conservation Accredited Architect (Grade III); plus we have a couple of great conservation projects on the go for 2013.

There are projects going on for planning as I write and there are a few on site and scheduled for completion next year:

House under construction

House under construction

I went on great study trip to Rome where I tweeted and blogged throughout:

Trip to Rome - analysis of column

Trip to Rome – analysis of column

I bought a lovely new bike and restored another:


My Dolan Bike

Ken Bird bike

My Ken Bird bike.

We enjoyed the first UK rider winning the Tour de France and then we had a great time in London for the Olympics, watching the road race, time trial and a day spent in the Olympic Park:

Olympic Park - velodrome

Olympic Park – velodrome

But most of all what is apparent on looking back to 2010 was the sense of despondency that I felt over the recession; admittedly things still aren’t brilliant but they’re better than they were and hey, we’re still here.

So, onwards and upwards, and I wish all of my readers, tweeting pals and FB friends a very prosperous and happy New year and 2013.

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