Building a new home
We work closely with our Clients in formulating the brief and budget for your new home. We look closely at the proposed site and investigate it to maximize day-lighting, views and natural features.
A strategy for sustainability is agreed at an early stage and is maintained throughout the design process. We advocate the inclusion of a quantity surveyor from the initial stages to ensure that the project remains within the Client’s budget.
We will also prepare 3d visualizations of the dwelling to ensure the Clients’ complete understanding of the proposals. Design reviews are held at regular intervals to ensure your requirements are being met.
Passive House and Sustainable Design
We are certified Passive House Designers with the Passivhaus Institut, Darmstadt, Germany.Passive House standards exceed the energy performance standards of the current building regulations Dwellings that are built to the Passivhaus Standard are designed, detailed and constructed to achieve:
-A comfortable internal living environment throughout the year, without the necessity for traditional space heating systems.
The highest possible standard of internal fresh air quality, provided by a designed Mechanical Heat Recovery Ventilation (M.H.R.V.) system.
-Super insulated, air-tight, thermal bridge free building construction that exceeds the current requirements of the Building Regulations.
-Low Heating and related Utility bills, which provide a building that is future proofed against the increasing cost of traditional fossil fuel based heating systems.
The energy requirements of a building built to the Passivhaus Standard are as follows:
-Annual Space Heating requirement of 15 kWh/ Sqm / year.
- Primary energy demand for space/water heating, electricity to not exceed 120Kwh/Sqm/Year.
- Air tightness to not exceed 0.6 air change per hour at 50 pascals of pressurization.
Sustainable Energy Ireland have developed Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Passive House Dwellings in Ireland. You can download the PDF here.
Many older homes, while spacious, no longer meet the functional requirements of a modern family. We will evaluate the existing building and your specific requirements to find the most appropriate design solution. We can advise on the need to upgrade insulation and windows to improve your home’s comfort and BER rating (energy performance). Design proposals for kitchen layouts, bathroom schematics and hard landscaping are included.
House Extension Design
For many homeowners, building an extension is often a much more viable alternative than moving house. The reasons for extending are diverse – from gaining additional bedroom and living space to achieving a better connection with the garden, or simply reorganising space in a more efficient way. We will enable you to identify the best and most cost-effective solutions for your needs.We will survey and analyze your existing home and garden and come up with the best solution for you.