Designing With Us
Together we will create the perfect home with regard to design, function, flow and feeling through our unique Briefing Design process. Our purpose is to show you, from a very early stage, the massive potential a home can hold regardless of size, shape or location. And won't overcharge you for it. This is where we get to be creative & have fun, and you get to see your home in a completely different light before you embark on the perilous journey. It's a Win-Win.
Ireland has seen a significant increase in building costs across the board in the past few years, with domestic work, new homes & extensions, being no exception. The RIAI released the following document in 2016 however which gives a very good general approach to the costs involved and the various other items to be considered that may not be on the client's mind or typically excluded from total builder costs. If you are receiving quotes yourself directly for work do not be fooled by low prices, we have found time and time again that lower than average prices are either miscalculated or missing certain important items. And these always come out in the wash, so to speak.
Speak with one of our architects to discuss a project you might have in mind and we can advise how best to allocate the cost!
Our Home Design Guide
We have created a quick guide for anyone looking for ideas or to further understand how an architect approaches the design process and the most important aspects to be considered. Download it below and feel free to speak with us about any ideas you have or questions you about how we work.
Listen to some kind words from our clients about how we worked with them to achieve their dream living space.
Watch a quick walk-through of the entire process, from our initial Briefing Design approach to the amazing finished product.
The Briefing Design
A Conceptual design package to capture early ideas of how amazing your home could eventually look and feel.
Committing to professional consultants upfront is a stressful decision especially when their fees are usually based upon the size of a project which is difficult to establish at the start. We have found that clever independent design advice at early stages of your project can often both reduce the size of the build, through making the best use of space, and save you money. The Briefing Design process we offer typically includes:
- A Home Consultation Briefing Meeting
- Outline Survey of your home
- Analysis Drawing of the current issues you face in your home
- Three Layout Design Options (At a minimum, sometimes more are necessary)
- Environmental Design Concept
- Outline Elevation Studies
We price this at a competitive €750 + VAT.
Also, should we be engaged as architects for the project itself, this cost is deducted from the total fee. Typically architects fees can be up to 10% of the contract sum but depend upon the scope, size and complexity of the project. This will be clearly defined in advance of an agreement. Lots of detailed information here on the RIAI website, with whom we are registered.
We strongly recommend that you engage a quantity surveyor at this point also. Our experience tells us that construction costs in Ireland are still quite volatile and tender prices can vary considerably. Ceardean will, of course, give very approximate high-level cost indications but cannot commit to detailed budgets for the aforementioned reasons. Our priority is to assist getting you value for money throughout the course of the project and to ensure this we recommend you engage the relevant professional, a quantity surveyor.
We have worked with a professional quantity surveying firm for some years, Murray and Gillespie, who in conjunction with ourselves can offer a very competitively priced high-level project budget and cost plan based on the design options agreed with the architect. (https://www.murrayandgillespie.ie/)
The cost for this budgetary element is also competitively priced at €250 + VAT.
This cost will also be deducted from the total fee should you decide to proceed with the QS for the entirety of the project.
If you feel any unanswered questions exist regarding our approach or want to chat options or ideas with one of our architects don't hesitate to contact Sarah at 01-5324183, we'd be delighted to help.
Don't hesitate to send us a quick message also via email here.