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DKAD Covid19 Procedure for Initial Consultation Service, Design Meetings and Meetings at Clients’ Homes

Covid19 and Social Distancing Procedures for Initial Consultation Service In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, we have adopted the following procedure for the initial consultation phase. Initial consultations are conducted outside our offices, in environments which we do not control, have not previously visited and cannot assess for safety concerns. They include interactions with the public and often require long periods of interpersonal contact. Worst Case for DKAD Work Practices This is the part of our business which presents most risk of transmission of Covid19 and we have used this worst case scenario to establish procedures for implementing Irish Government official guidance in our work. This document is also relevant...

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 day building works, manage site operations, deal with subcontractors, or organise the schedule of when works will physically happen; so how do we keep things on track?  Check out our “design team” articles.  The architect’s primary legal role is to administer the building contract between the client and builder impartially. In short this means: “instructing” the builder about what should be done, and “inspecting” work that has been done. This is the basis for all the other duties we have on building projects. We typically visit the site every 1-3 weeks...

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

Click Here to Book a Consultation A new client contacted us by email, to ask how much it costs for an initial call-out and consultation. They wanted to know what the outcome of the visit would be. This was our response. Our process usually starts with an initial meeting at your house; when we spend a couple of hours with you, do some sketch designs and walk through the property. Most clients consider it to be great value for money. The meeting serves a number of purposes: It lets us get a sense of the project, and lets you explain your needs to a highly qualified professional. It allows you...

Before You Start Building- Your Safety during Home Renovations FAQ

Before You Start Building- Your Safety during Home Renovations FAQ

It is important to think about safety from the very beginning. Your architect will advise you of your legal health and safety responsibilities for the overall project. Your legal obligations mostly relate to the safety of people working for you, but you must also think about your own exposure to any risks the construction project may present.Such risks may include the risk of injury when you visit the site, risk to your property and contents, or financial losses due to inadequate insurance of your property during construction.These steps will help keep you and your home safe and secure during the construction period. Define the work area clearly Establish access rules...