Open Architects

Home Renovations

Home Renovations

Open Architects provide full architectural services for home renovations. Our work can be divided into four parts:

1. Sketch Design

Based on an initial meeting with you and discussion of design aspirations and challenges, we present design options to you in the form of 3D images and hard line drawings. There is no limit on this process, we continue to present new options to you until you are broadly happy to develop one in more detail.  We advise on the need for other consultants, such as structural engineers and quantity surveyors.

2. Developed Design

Working closely with you, we develop your preferred option to the level of detail required to apply for planning permission and, where planning permission is required, we lodge the application. Typically planning permission is not required for a home renovation project and this is reflected in our fees.

3. Tender Process

We prepare the set of instructions the builder will use to build your extension. This is in the form of a detailed set of construction drawings and a written set of specifications. The stage ends when we send these out to builders for pricing. Good documentation at this point ensures accurate prices when tenders are returned and therefore makes the most of a very competitive market.

4. Construction

We advise you on the returned tenders and administer the building contract between you and the builder and visit the site at regular intervals to see that the work is being carried out in line with the construction drawings. When the construction work is complete we provide RIAI certification as appropriate to the project. Our involvement continues for up to twelve months after project completion. This is to ensure that all snags have been addressed by your builder.

Fees

Open Architects usually charge fixed fees based on the project size and complexity.