FAQs2022-03-02T14:10:39+00:00

FAQs

These are a few of the most asked questions I have received.

If you have a question for me, please fill out the contact form below, and I will do my best to answer it for you.

These are a few of the most asked questions I have received.

If you have a question for me, please fill out the contact form below, and I will do my best to answer it for you.

At what point in my project should I involve an architect?2022-03-02T14:13:05+00:00
at what point shoud I hire an architect

As soon as you decide you want to begin planning your project, you should start looking for an architect. Architects provide important pre-design services including site evaluation, and can help you explore options you may not have considered. Involving an architect early in the process can help avoid costly missteps, and increase the likelihood of your satisfaction with the project.

How much does an Architect charge?2022-03-02T14:15:15+00:00
how much does an architect cost

There is no standard Fee. The Fee’s required by an Architect vary wildly depending on the Project Brief, do you need Planning Permission or not, What Services are required etc. Each Architects will have their own fee scale so the best thing is to contact the Architect of your preference and outline the services you require. You will then get a project specific fee proposal issued to you.

Do you only do work in Cork?2022-03-02T14:14:45+00:00
cork based architect

No. I have worked on projects throughout the country and would be happy to discuss your project with you regardless of it’s location. For the right project and the right client, distance is not a problem.

What is the Design Process?2022-03-02T14:13:51+00:00
what is the architecture design process

Once we have an initial meeting and you have agreed to appoint me as your Architect for your project, we will meet with you to discuss your Project Brief and your Wishlist. We will also visit the site. After that we will spend some time assessing your Brief and making some sketches to analyse the site and how your building and the rooms within it should be orientated on site to maximise the features of the site. These sketches will develop into a building which we will present to you as a Sketch Design. After your comments and revisions, this Sketch Design will be developed into the Detailed Design which will be prepared in CAD and lodged for planning permission, if required.

Does my extension need planning permission?2022-03-02T14:11:53+00:00
Does my extension need planning permission Ireland

This is not a clear yes or no answer. An extension will require planning permission if it is not ‘wholly to the back of the house’. If the extension is ‘wholly to the back’, then it can be built up to 40sqm without planning permission when calculated in conjunction with and other extensions carried out exempt of planning previously. The split between ground and first floor areas varies and depends on whether your house is detached, semi-detached or terraced so greater detail would be required to identify your specific situation. Other regulations / rules apply to exempted developments like separation distances of extensions ./ windows from the boundaries they are facing etc., so again, you should consult your Architect to identify these within your own design.

At what point in my project should I involve an architect?2022-03-02T14:13:05+00:00
at what point shoud I hire an architect

As soon as you decide you want to begin planning your project, you should start looking for an architect. Architects provide important pre-design services including site evaluation, and can help you explore options you may not have considered. Involving an architect early in the process can help avoid costly missteps, and increase the likelihood of your satisfaction with the project.

How much does an Architect charge?2022-03-02T14:15:15+00:00
how much does an architect cost

There is no standard Fee. The Fee’s required by an Architect vary wildly depending on the Project Brief, do you need Planning Permission or not, What Services are required etc. Each Architects will have their own fee scale so the best thing is to contact the Architect of your preference and outline the services you require. You will then get a project specific fee proposal issued to you.

Do you only do work in Cork?2022-03-02T14:14:45+00:00
cork based architect

No. I have worked on projects throughout the country and would be happy to discuss your project with you regardless of it’s location. For the right project and the right client, distance is not a problem.

What is the Design Process?2022-03-02T14:13:51+00:00
what is the architecture design process

Once we have an initial meeting and you have agreed to appoint me as your Architect for your project, we will meet with you to discuss your Project Brief and your Wishlist. We will also visit the site. After that we will spend some time assessing your Brief and making some sketches to analyse the site and how your building and the rooms within it should be orientated on site to maximise the features of the site. These sketches will develop into a building which we will present to you as a Sketch Design. After your comments and revisions, this Sketch Design will be developed into the Detailed Design which will be prepared in CAD and lodged for planning permission, if required.

Does my extension need planning permission?2022-03-02T14:11:53+00:00
Does my extension need planning permission Ireland

This is not a clear yes or no answer. An extension will require planning permission if it is not ‘wholly to the back of the house’. If the extension is ‘wholly to the back’, then it can be built up to 40sqm without planning permission when calculated in conjunction with and other extensions carried out exempt of planning previously. The split between ground and first floor areas varies and depends on whether your house is detached, semi-detached or terraced so greater detail would be required to identify your specific situation. Other regulations / rules apply to exempted developments like separation distances of extensions ./ windows from the boundaries they are facing etc., so again, you should consult your Architect to identify these within your own design.

Get in Touch

O’Brien Architects are happy to discuss your upcoming project. Just give me a call and I would be delighted meet with you to discuss the services I can provide and how I can help you make your project a reality.

Get in Touch

O’Brien Architects are happy to discuss your upcoming project. Just give me a call and I would be delighted meet with you to discuss the services I can provide and how I can help you make your project a reality.

Andrew OBrien Architect Cork
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