A bit of advice..

A bit of advice..

Postby Deadonarrival » Thu Apr 01, 2004 4:55 pm

My brother and his wife have a site to build a house in Wexford - and its big gruesome dormer style bungalows as far as the eye can see .. They'd like to avoid this but are at a loss about where to look for more interesting builds? They're a young professional couple with a corresponding budget - any advice would be really appreciated!
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Postby FIN » Thu Apr 01, 2004 5:38 pm

get an architect...proper one not some school woodwork teacher
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Postby JL » Thu Apr 01, 2004 6:54 pm

I think that there are examples of some good contemporary noew-build houses by Grafton Architects, O'Briain Beary, John Dorman, FKL Architects, Paul Keogh Architects which would be useful to look at for ideas - whack em in a search engine and off you go!
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Postby alan d » Fri Apr 02, 2004 9:52 am

good examples on the http://www.roskavanagh.com web site.

FIN lol .........almost fell of my feckin chair
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Postby phil » Fri Apr 02, 2004 10:09 am

Alan D, would this be a chance for a new client ;)
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Postby alan d » Fri Apr 02, 2004 10:39 am

Ach Phil........how kind of you to mention it.

Lots of brilliant Irish architects available though, who would jump at the chance and would'nt mind the drive to Wexford.

Just look at roskav's web site.
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Postby FIN » Fri Apr 02, 2004 10:56 am

unfortunately quite true though alan. i know several who do. it's a disgrace what they do but little old me can't change the system...
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Postby sw101 » Fri Apr 02, 2004 11:37 am

Originally posted by FIN
unfortunately quite true though alan. i know several who do. it's a disgrace what they do but little old me can't change the system...


I like the proposal whereby planning applications will only be accepted with the stamp and approval of a qualified architect (RIAI approved). In practice this would mean cowboys would just pay architects to stamp their shitty third rate designs, but the idea has merit
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Postby FIN » Fri Apr 02, 2004 12:42 pm

indeed. then it is up to the professional of the architect not to pass shit!
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Postby shadow » Fri Apr 02, 2004 5:16 pm

There are lots of other architects who would be interested. Perhaps to answer Alan's quest and the referral system that is being generated it would be easier to run a series of small competitions through Archeire, funded by fees. Look how much the DDDA got in fees for the U2 tower.
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Postby anto » Fri Apr 02, 2004 11:10 pm

how much would an architect charge for this, is it a percentage or something?
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Postby shadow » Sat Apr 03, 2004 10:23 am

depends on the architect some charge fixed fees
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Postby FIN » Sun Apr 04, 2004 11:39 am

it's up to u to thrash that out with the architect.
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Postby Deadonarrival » Mon Apr 05, 2004 9:23 am

Thanks for your posts but again this is just an couple with an average budget (300k - 400k) not U2... Would a decent architect be even interested in taking on a small project like this? I've always had the impression that only the seriously wealthy could afford an architect designed build...?
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Postby alan d » Mon Apr 05, 2004 1:34 pm

My advice would be to employ young architect, with ambition then I think you will get innovation at a reasonable price. If a larger practice is approached then they are likely to hand it to a junior member of staff. 300,000 to 400,000 is a decent budget and you should be able to get something good, indeed.

Architects in Scotland would charge about 10% for a full and complete service which would include development of design with the client, preparing working drawings and production information and keeping and eye of things on site as well as handling all planning and building control applications

You can charge per hour and I would sy about 60 to 80 euros per hour is a decent fee but would not advise that the house is undertaken in this way. If you want a design only or ideas then that would be reasonable.

If you get a good architect to design your house it will change your life...believe me.

Hope that helps.
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Postby Deadonarrival » Wed Apr 07, 2004 1:37 pm

:D Thanks for all the replies - appreciate the help!
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