Open Architects

Open Architects - Services

  • Feasibility & Cost Report

  • House Extensions

  • Home Renovations

  • House Designs

  • Commercial Projects

  • Housing Schemes

  • Build Together

  • Planning Applications

  • Selling Your Home

Feasibility & Cost Report: €400 + VAT = €492

The purpose of the report is to set out the scope of what you want to achieve and find out what it is likely to cost. This is a short and relatively inexpensive exercise that puts the project on the right financial track from the beginning. This service is provided collaboratively with Quantity Surveyor Andrew Scanlon.  

Included in the Feasibility Study:

·         Architect’s consultation to help tease out your requirements

·         A look at sample projects 

·         Brief Development – essentially a list of spacial and functional requirements

·         Materials & fittings discussion - windows & doors, kitchen, bathroom, 

·         Energy & Heating system - discussion

·         Planning Permission guidance

·         Quantity Surveyor’s desktop analysis

·         Bill of Quantities 

Typically the Bill of Quantities is an eight page document setting out the project costs line by line. It will take a comprehensive look at costs allowing you to assess the affordability of the project at this early stage. You will be able to use the Bill of Quantities to help get a mortgage if one is required. 

Travel surcharges may apply depending on location.

 


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Open Architects provide full architectural services for house extensions. 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

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.

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.


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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.


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House Designs

Open Architects have a wealth of experience in bespoke house design, including a house at the Eco Village in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary. We provide full architectural services from project inception through to up to twelve months after the house is ready to be occopied. Our work can be divided into four parts:

1. Sketch Design

Based on an initial meeting with you and discussion of your aspirations for your new house, 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 we lodge the application.

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.


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Commercial Projects

Open Architects provide full architectural services from project inception through to up to twelve months after the building is ready to be occupied. Our experience ranges from small scale shop fit-outs to Nursing Home design and town master-planning. Our work can be divided into four parts:

1. Sketch Design

Based on an initial meeting with you and discussion of your aspirations, 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. We advise you on and arrange other statutory requirements.

3. Tender Process

We prepare the set of instructions the builder will use to complete the works. 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.


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Housing Schemes

Open Architects provide design and project management services for housing schemes. Services can be tailored to suit the project, however they typically can be divided into four parts:

1. Sketch Design

Based on an initial meeting with you and discussion of your aspirations, 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

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. We advise you on and arrange other statutary requirements.

3. Tender Process

We prepare the set of instructions the builder will use to complete the works. 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.


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Build Together

Build Together allows a group of people to come build a number of homes together, typically in the form of a housing scheme or apartment block. The concept is to bridge the gap between one-off housing and developer led housing with cooperative development. Some advantages of cooperative development:

 

  • Bespoke design, rather than the typical one-size-fits-all approach
  • Building with the long term in mind (typical developer has a 3 year plan only)
  • Creating communities before the first sod is turned
  • Developer's profit is saved
  • Potential for shared areas such as a playground, BBQ area, etc
  • Project starts with residents committee, avoid outsourced property management

 

Open Architects have developed this business model in collaboration with legal and financial advisers. Contact us for further information.


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Planning Applications

Open Architects have a great relationship with all local authorities in the greater Dublin area, Co. Wicklow, Co. Tipperary and many more. We have a 100% success rate on obtaining planning permission for our projects.


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Virtual Showhouse

Computer rendered images will show prospective home-buyers the potential of your house, be it a home renovation, house extension or new house. See sample image below. Contact Claire - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01 6687477 to find out more! 

 


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