How to design a house in Ireland

Where to start with your house design in Ireland, from getting your design brief just right to house shapes and sizes.

In this article, Les O’Donnell talks about:

  • The design brief: what to include in it, what to avoid
  • Working with an architectural designer: what to expect
  • Common house shapes and sizes to maximise energy efficiency, views, and lower the cost of construction
  • One versus two storey designs
  • What the planners want from your design
  • Ratio of roof areas to walls
  • Upsizing and downsizing tips
  • How to minimise build costs
  • Statutory fees for your design in Ireland, both NI and ROI
  • How to calculate internal floor areas with overview of internal and external wall thicknesses
  • Minimum and optimal ceiling heights
  • What is an adaptable house and how to design your home to futureproof it

Leslie O'Donnell

Written by Leslie O'Donnell

Les O’Donnell is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and structural engineer with over 30 years’ experience designing and supervising the construction of new builds. His practice, Landmark Designs, is based in Co Tyrone. All of the information contained in the guide is for information purposes only; professional guidance must be sought for your own specific project.

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