Planning to renovate or build a house this year?

If your new year’s resolution is to build that long over due extension, converting your garage to a habitable room or planning a new build property, some of the things you may wish to consider are listed below: –

  1. Try to right down the brief so that you are clear what you want to achieve.
  1. If you are not able to put the brief into words, try to find building magazines and cut out the items or images of the things you like, have a scrapbook and right notes. We know that design is personal and it is what you like and want, we will assist you to get it right.
  1. Talk to your Architect or Themack Architects about the project so that you can get professional assistance. We will assist you with all planning or local authority approvals etc. if you instruct us to work with you.
  1. Have a budget and be realistic with it, include cost estimate for professional fees local authority fees if possible. This does assist you and us understand some of the limitations you may face on your proposed building project.
  1. Allow a contingency sum for that unforeseeable item, delay or natural cause’s that are beyond anybody’s control. The level of contingency sum will depend on the size and complexity of your project.
  1. Try and have a program for the work for guidance as this depends on local authority approvals and other statutory requirements you may have to get approval depending on what the complexity of the site and location.
  1. Is energy efficiency at the top of your list? As Laurie Clark said, “Building an energy efficient and durable house costs more money…initially. However, spending money up front for good materials and a good builder who understands how they should be put together will save in fewer repairs down the road. A durable house that lasts 100 years is a sustainable house”.
  1. Building or renovating a house is expensive depending on your specification, so be prepared to spend money for a well build or completed renovation works.
  1. If you are using the services of an Architect you may wish to check if they are indeed registered with the Architects Registration Board at
  1. Building Contract/Agreement, we recommend a building contract be in place for obvious reasons. If not sure talk to your Architect for guidance.

Please note that the list is not exhaustive, however these are just our suggested items you may wish to consider. This list is meant for guidance only as we are aware that the order of priority will depend on your brief, site location/constraints and financial status.


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