RIAI Simon Open Door

Tuesday 4 May 2021 to Friday 14 May 2021

2021 Booking closed

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For Clients

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.

To make the most of your consultation the Architect may require some basic information in advance of the meeting.

It could be the following:

  • Describe your property type: Apartment, Bungalow, Cottage, Conservation/ Protected Structure, Detached, Semi detached, Terrace, End of Terrace or Flat.
  • Brief description of what you want to achieve. For example, the space and additional rooms required. Special facilities for those with disabilities? Also, confirmation of the spaces orientation - where is north/south/east/west?
  • Photos of the elevations of your property (front and rear) and adjoining houses.
  • Photos of both interior / exterior of your house / apartment. The full dimensions of the rooms, perhaps using the auctioneer's floor plan or if available email direct links from myhome.ie or daft.ie or aerial images from Google maps showing the neighbouring properties for context and the property in question at a larger scale. Note: photos from first floor windows often help give a clearer understanding of boundary conditions.
  • For extensions and new build projects - general site dimensions and the approximate area for the proposed development, this is especially important if you want to have building work done in back and side gardens. Note: Pinterest.com is a site, which may have images useful for quickly communicating the feel / style you like.
  • A rough idea of your budget (it should include VAT, fees, furniture and landscaping if applicable)
  • Has the dwelling obtained planning permission or been previously extended?
  • Consider any other issues regarding access, land ownership or rights of way that might be a problem. Note: www.landdirect.ie may be useful in clearly identifying boundaries.
  • Any information available relative to similar building works carried out in the immediate area.

What to expect from your Consultation?

  • General ideas and advice on your project
  • Advice on Architect’s fees and services
  • The Architect may provide you a rough sketch plan (click here to see what a rough-sketch plan looks like)
  • Information on building costs including VAT
  • Discussion on building materials likely to be used
  • Brief discussion on planning requirements or if you are exempted from planning permission
  • Brief outline of documents that will be used for planning, tenders, and building contracts

Here are useful resources for you:

The consultations are taking place online. Due to the time constraints inherent in an hour-long, it won’t be possible to receive specific planning advice or an actual design from the Architect.

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