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DKAD Raises €700 for Simon Open Door 2014- Some Sketches Created During the Event!


Sincere Thanks to All Participants

The Simon Open Door events at The Hilton Dublin Airport Hotel, and the Beacon Hotel Sandyford last weekend were fully subscribed, and raised €700 to help this worthy cause.We would like to thank everyone who came along and to offer a special word of appreciation to the staff of the RIAI. This event is not only a significant fund raising initiative, but it also helps make architects more approachable as a profession- it truly is an “Open Door”. This accessibility is becoming increasingly important because recent regulatory changes will require a broader range of home owners to engage directly with architects for design, safety and administration services.

As has become the norm over the last ten years of the Simon Open Door, the design challenges we discussed ranged in size from single rooms and small historic terraced homes, to large detached houses.

Preparation and Outcomes

The attendees were well prepared with drawings, photographs and maps of their homes, and many already had exciting and achievable ideas for extension and renovation projects. We hit the ground running and dove straight into discussions of their practical needs, their tastes and their ambitions for their homes. They were keen to get the most out of their consultations and it was possible to provide many with sketches and outline budget estimates for their projects. With the benefit of experience specializing in domestic renovations, it was possible to propose tried and tested layouts to improve and modernize most house types; but some clients learned that their projects would require significant design and planning to realise their goals.

Most people left with a folder filled with sketches and notes on cost and possible requirements for Planning Permission and services relating to the new Building Control Amendment Regulations.

 Looking forward to next year already!


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