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Various Forms Used During the Construction Process

Correct Flow of Information During Construction

The roles of all the parties working on the project are clearly defined in the building contract, and in the...

A Typical Site Inspection

What Does the Architect Do During Construction? Construction Stage Services FAQ

First – time clients are often confused about what we architects do during construction. Architects do not direct day to...

It’s Time to Focus on The Customer Experience of Home Renovation

Our new assessment process for selecting building contractors should reward the companies who can provide a great service to our...

Choosing a Building Contractor- Your 30 Point Checklist for a Positive Customer Experience

We put a lot of work into improving our clients’ experience of the design and construction process, and the choice...

File Naming Convention Diagram

Understanding Construction File Naming Codes on DKAD Drawings

This page contains tables to explain the codes on our drawings. Our drawings use a recognised standard for file naming,...

8 Reasons why you can no longer build a house without professional services.

8 Reasons why you can no longer build a house without professional services.

A new client recently asked if it was possible just to hire an architect for design and planning permission stages,...

Paperwork for use onsite must be quick, concise and effective

10 Cheap and Easy Things a Small Builder Can Do for a Better Customer Experience

There are three tiers of building contractors at the SME scale and what separates them is not their knowledge of...

10 Easy Steps for a Fantastic Home Renovation Experience

It’s possible that these simple measures could add 15%- 20% to the construction budget, but they have the potential to...

How to Prepare for Your DKAD Simon Open Door Consultation

This page helps you to prepare, gather information and get the most from your short charity consultation. If you have already...

We’ve Decided to Hire an Architect for Our Home. How Do We Get Started? Architectural Practice FAQ

A new client contacted us by email, to ask how much it costs for an initial call-out and consultation. They...

“How Will Our Design Process Work?” A Design Process Storyboard for a Small Dining Room Extension. Architectural Practice FAQ

Nearly all our domestic clients are new to the architectural design process, to describe the service they’ll receive we like...

Our Planning Stage Apartment Design Portfolio

Our Planning Stage Apartment Design Portfolio

Diarmuid Kelly has prepared drawings for the design of several apartment buildings; these drawings were prepared under the direction of...

Assigned Certifier- Your Design Team FAQ

Assigned Certifier- Your Design Team FAQ

The Assigned Certifier is a registered professional appointed by a building owner to organise inspections and certify a building’s compliance...

Fire Safety

Fire Safety Consultant- Your Design Team FAQ

The Fire Safety Consultant undertakes to amend and augment the design of a building to ensure compliance with Part B...

Overview of Building Control Changes 2013- 2015

We offer Assigned Certifier Services under the 2014 Building Control (Amendment) Regulations. Please see our “Services” section for a breakdown...

New Look and Feel for Our Website

New Look and Feel for Our Website

We are pleased to introduce our newly redesigned practice website. We work really hard to add new features, articles and...

Assigned Certifier Services Re-imagined to Add Value

Assigned Certifier Services Re-imagined to Add Value

Worried about Building Control? The government created the complex new building control system in response to Priory Hall, but DKAD...

DKAD Christmas Break 22nd Dec- 5th January 2015- Our Happy Review of an Exhausting Year!

DKAD Christmas Break 22nd Dec- 5th January 2015- Our Happy Review of an Exhausting Year!

Before retiring to the couch for a fortnight of badly needed sleep, we would like to thank all our clients,...

The Construction Contract- Legal Frameworks of Construction FAQ

The Construction Contract- Legal Frameworks of Construction FAQ

The standard building contracts have been developed continuously by the professional bodies for over 170 years. They set out many...

Self Builders Can Now Opt Out of Building Control- Should You?

Self Builders Can Now Opt Out of Building Control- Should You?

This is an excellent question. Minister Alan Kelly recently announced a change to the controversial SI09 2014 Building Control Regulations...