ADVICE

August 21, 2019

Working with an Architect – Your Home

WorkingWithArchitect_2019.pdf Whether you are planning to build your dream home or are extending and renovating your existing house, a registered architect has the qualifications, vision and experience to take you expertly through your building project. An architect can also save […]
August 21, 2019

Working with an Architect – Appointment, Fees & Stages

Extending and improving your home can bring enormous benefits to your life style and potentially increase the value of your home. Working with a professionally qualified and registered architect should be an enjoyable and creative process. Design is also a […]
July 21, 2019

Decision to end grants under SEAI scheme is reversed

https://www.rte.ie/news/2019/0819/1069653-seai-grant/
July 20, 2019

Anatomy of a Refurb: how to get the most out of €100,000

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/homes-and-property/interiors/anatomy-of-a-refurb-how-to-get-the-most-out-of-100-000-1.3978652
March 21, 2019

BC(A)R Building Control Amendment Regulations

In March 2014 the Government introduced the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations (BC(A)R), also referred to as S.I.9 of 2014. This legislation describes substantial new procedures for the control of building activity and applies to most building works. In September 2015, […]
March 20, 2019

Extending Your Home

For many homeowners, building an extension is often a much more viable alternative than moving house. The reasons for extending are varied – from gaining additional bedroom and living space to achieving a better connection with the garden, or simply […]
March 19, 2019

Improving Energy Efficiency

Improving energy efficiency has become a key issue for building owners and occupiers with rising energy prices and colder winters. There are many solutions available on the market but not all are cost-effective, as many come with a long-term payback. […]
March 18, 2019

Building a New Home

Designing a bespoke house should be a fulfilling and rewarding experience. A professionally qualified architect will help you to realise your vision and gain the most of your site and budget. An architect does a lot more than just provide […]
March 17, 2019

Buying a New Home

Buying a new home is probably the biggest investment you will ever make. Aside from location and cost, there are many aspects to be considered such as orientation and light, building style, space and layout, storage, fitted furniture, energy performance […]
March 16, 2019

Top Tips from Architects

Appointing an Architect Involving an architect early on in a project can actually save you time and money. They will offer you a range of options and discuss with you the most economic and appropriate design for your requirements. Even […]
March 15, 2019

20 Questions before you start a Project

Ask yourself these 20 questions before you get started on your project! The more detailed information you give, the easier it will be for the architect to address your needs. Describe your current home. What do you like about it? […]
March 14, 2019

Understanding Drawings & Other Terms

To communicate a design, the main drawings used are plans, sections and elevations. Architects may also use axonometrics, which offer a bird’s eye view, and sketches and perspectives. Many clients find a simple 3-d model useful to understand the relationship […]
March 13, 2019

Why Hire an Architect?

Whether you are planning a new corporate headquarters or are simply extending your home, a RIAI-registered architect has the qualifications, vision and experience to take you expertly through your building project. An architect does a lot more than just provide […]
March 13, 2019

Find an Architect in your Area

The RIAI provides on its website a search tool that enables you to find a registered architect in your area. You can search the RIAI Practice Directory by practice name, if you have already identified a practice, by skill or simply by […]
March 12, 2019

Is your Architect Registered?

Prohibition on the Misuse of the Title Architect The title ‘architect’ is protected in Ireland under Section 18 (1) of the Building Control Act 2007: Only persons who are registered architects may use the title architect. A person who is not […]