FAQ

What can I expect from a House Consultation?

A House Consultation is your opportunity to get professional, architectural advice about whatever work you are planning to your home. It does not matter what scale of work you are planning. I will help you make the most of your Space, Light and Storage and to spend your money in the best possible way.

I think of a House Consultation as having three parts. Firstly, we sit down and discuss your needs. Secondly, having looked over the house and taken any relevant measurements, I spend time on my own and come up with ideas for the house. Where relevant, this will be in the form of freehand, scaled sketches. Thirdly, we discuss these ideas and explore further the approach that suits you best. We also discuss how you will progress these ideas and bring them to reality.

I’m not sure whether I need to extend, which consultation suits best?

A 2,5 hour Extend Consultation is perfect for exploring both how to make the best use of your existing space as well as how best you might extend your space. I am always happy to “save” people from an extension, where this is appropriate!

Do you offer consultations outside of Dublin?

I am happy to travel outside Dublin and do so on a regular basis. Contact me with your postal address or Eircode: I will prepare a quotation to visit you in your home, to take account of the additional travel time and costs.

Do you offer Online Consultations?

Yes, this is a great solution where your home is too far for me to reach cost-effectively. The costs are similar to “live” consultations, to take account of the additional administrative time needed.

A 2 hour consultation, ideal  where you are planning alterations  to your space costs €499. A 2.5 hour consultation, ideal where you are planning an extension, costs €599.

Contact me for further information regarding how to arrange your online consultation.

Do you offer a full architectural service?

I focus exclusively on House Consultations and do not offer a full architectural service. This maximises my availability and allows me to offer quality, architectural advice to the widest possible audience.  Once we have completed our consultation, I can recommend professionals to proved further services, where needed.

Very occasionally, I see tiny projects through to completion as a way of showcasing my design strategy and ideas.

Do you offer follow up consultations?

I am happy to return over the course of your building project to give advice on detailed layouts, lighting, materials etc.

Your initial consultation will get you off to a great start. Follow up sessions can help you bring the project to fruition in the best possible way, especially where you lack confidence in making choices etc.

Are your drawings suitable for the purposes of making a planning application?

The drawings I prepare in the course of a consultation are freehand, scaled sketches. The purpose of the drawings is to illustrate the  layout of the spaces, including dimensions and furniture layouts.

They are not sufficient for the purposes of submitting an application for planning permission. I can recommend professionals who can prepare planning application packages, where required.

Are your drawings suitable for a builder to use on site?

The drawings I prepare in the course of a consultation are freehand, scaled sketches. The purpose of the drawings is to illustrate the  layout of the spaces, including dimensions and furniture layouts.

They are not technical drawings. I can recommend professionals who can provide detailed technical drawings, where required.

Do you give advice on costs?

I do not give advice on costs but will leave you with sufficient information to seek “ballpark” costs from a Contractor or a detailed Cost Estimate from a Quantity Surveyor.

The reason I do not give advice on costs is I do not deal with Contractors on site on a day-to-day basis. I do, however, work in a cost-conscious way and aim to help you spend your money in the best possible way.

What are your fees and how can I pay for a consultation?

My fees are charged on a time basis. Payment for your consultation is due on the day that we meet and can be paid by bank transfer, cheque or cash. Payment for online consultations is due in advance.

A 2 hour consultation, ideal where you are planning alterations to your existing space, costs €499. Additional time, where needed, is charged at €100 per 1/2 hour.

A 2.5 hour consultation, ideal where you are planning an extension, costs €599. Additional time, where needed, is charged at €100 per 1/2 hour.

These costs are applicable to Dublin city (within the M50). If you send me your postal address or Eircode, I can prepare a quotation to visit you in your home, to take account of the extra travel time and expenses.

 

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