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Project Architect Position

Applications are now being accepted for a Project Architect position at Sweeney Architects. The role is based in Longford with excellent remuneration and profit sharing scheme available to the right candidate. Sweeney Architects are looking for a registered Architect on the R.I.A.I. Register of Architects or a person eligible to seek registration as an architect without further assessment. A minimum of 5 years recent architectural experience working with an Irish Architectural practice. Click for further details. ... Read More

Get a grant to repair your outbuildings

Applications are now being accepted to the REPS 4 traditional farm buildings grant scheme 2013, ahead of the closing date of Friday 26 October. The scheme offers a grant of up to 75% of the cost of repairing old farm buildings up to a ceiling of 20,000 Euros. Applications are available from the Heritage Council, Áras na hOidreachta, Church Lane, Kilkenny and online at www.heritagecouncil.ie. ... Read More

Skate Park wins students' architecture design prize

The budding architects of tomorrow from both St Mel’s College and the Convent of Mercy were awarded at an award’s ceremony in Longford County Library last Wednesday. Sweeney Architects organised a competition for students to design a building which incorporates public amenities and has the potential to be economically sustainable. The brief also required some commercial aspect to be present, with a 500 Euros prize fund for the winner. ... Read More

Bring some daylight

Bring some daylight into your home….As discussed before; daylight is by far the best light source. It is free, sustainable and can give a sense of energy and well-being. This article deals with windows being the most important access point to daylight in your home. Windows and their patterns dictate the look of a building in terms of the placement, sizing and other issues. ... Read More

Light plays a central role

Improve don’t move…. Light plays a central role in the design of your home. Architecture, people and objects are all made visible by light; it influences our well-being, the aesthetic effect and the mood of a room or area. In planning the natural light in your home, you need to take into consideration the many positive effects of natural light has on well-being, as well as the challenges that natural light presents. ... Read More

Safety first

Safety First…If you are building a new house, one area that you need to pay serious attention to is the safety requirements in case of a fire. Here we will deal with building regulations, and especially with Part B, which sets out general requirements for fire safety in buildings. ... Read More

Get your energy costs under control

Get your energy costs under control…Are your home heating costs too high, do you get a shiver every time you get a refill of oil, buy a bag of coal or look at your electricity bill? We are going to look at heating and energy costs in your home, some renewable solutions and BER certs. ... Read More

Simon Open Door fundraiser

Simon Open Door fundraiser Two local architects are taking part in the “Simon Open Door” fundraiser this weekend. This unique fundraiser sees RIAI Architects give an hour’s consultation with an Architect in return for a donation to Simon of 50 Euros. The two local architects are Nicholas Sweeney and Jane Meade. ... Read More

Applying for planning permission-where to start?

Applying for planning permission-where to start?...For many people, seeking planning permission for a new house, an extension or otherwise can be a daunting thought. However, in reality it is a much more straight forward process than people think, ... Read More

Hitting the Roof

Last week we spoke about condensation, this week we are going to discuss roofs, the different styles and why they are important. After all who wants a leaky roof? Have a look around your locality and see how a roof can be the most distinguishing element of a home or business, and greatly affect its overall look and style. ... Read More