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The Secret Guide to Deal with Architects – Take 10


Our 10th and last secret tip about how to deal with an Architect is about evaluating performance.

If you have just landed here do not miss our previous tips:


10. Provide Feedback

Good or bad! Your Architect wants to hear from you. Your Architect wants to know if you are happy with his/her services, how can he/she improve or if there is a better way to do things. Feedback is a powerful means of personal development. It may help your Architect to be more productive or to excel in his/her performance.

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Hot Tip:  Get into the habit of providing regular feedback at the end of each project stage. Make your feedback timely, specific, and frequent. The best feedback is a combination of praise, areas for improvement, and specific suggestions. But a single line of text may just be enough! (Our feedback survey is always accessible, if you don’t have the link for it just ask us.)


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Building Costs in Ireland 2016

Every year we share useful information to guide you on the costs for your construction project in Ireland. This article will help you to estimate an approximate figure for your building costs.

You can read our other articles in this series here.

Following the difficult years of the global financial crisis Ireland is now the fastest-growing economy in the EU. Overall construction output in 2016 is expected to improve by 2.6%.

Demand for construction activity continues to rise but the industry will continue to face resourcing challenges to meet demand.


Average Irish Construction Prices 2016

The average construction costs table is generated using Bruce Shaw’s Cost Database and sets out typical building construction costs. Bruce Shaw’s database is the largest construction cost database in Ireland.

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Average Irish Construction Costs 2016. Source: Bruce Shaw

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Turner & Townsend‘s annual construction cost survey provides a comprehensive and detailed overview of construction costs in Ireland, in 2016.

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International building costs per m2 of internal area, in 2016

International building costs per m2 of internal area, in 2016. Source: Turner & Townsend


Labour rates and Construction Materials Prices

Turner & Townsend‘s annual construction cost survey provides labour costs and also the prices for some materials. Their cost escalation forecast for 2016-2017 is 6%.

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Labour and Materials Prices, 2016. Source: Turner & Townsend



The latest monthly data from CSO recorded that all materials prices increased by 1.1% in the year since July 2015.

The most notable yearly changes were increases in Sand and gravel (+11.0%), Stone (+8.3%) and Fabricated metal (+7.4%), while there were decreases in Copper pipes and fittings (-4.2%), Glass (-4.1%) and Ready mixed mortar and concrete (-2.0%).


Guide to Rebuilding Costs in Ireland

The Society of Chartered Surveyors publishes every year a guide to rebuilding costs in Ireland. This guide is intended to assist in insuring a house and the costs included are based on building rates as of June 2016.

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SCSI Rebuilding Costs 2016

Table of Rebuilding Costs June 2016. Source: Society of Chartered Surveyors.

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SCSI also provides a House Rebuilding Cost Calculator here. This calculator can be used as a guide to give you a minimum base cost for your construction project.


Typical Exclusions

There are a number of other expenses that you should also consider when estimating your project. See some of the exclusions that may apply to your project here.

Architect’s fees will vary based on a number of factors ranging from size and complexity to level of the service required. These two articles provide some guidelines:

Additionally, you may also need to allow for:

  • Design Certifier Fees
  • Assigned Certifier fees


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The Secret Guide to Deal with Architects – Take 9


Our 9th secret tip about how to deal with an Architect focus on money and respect.

If you have just landed here do not miss our previous tips:


9. Pay on Time

Everybody likes to get paid for their work- it is fair, it is simple. Normally you and your Architect will agree staged payments at the start of the project. Many times the payments are due after the work is complete and this may have involved many many hours of hard work from your Architect – think about Respect. If you do not pay promptly the Architect cannot proceed to the next stage of your project and this can have multiple implications depending on the stage of your project.


The secrete guide to deal with architects


Hot tip: Once you pay one stage make sure you start organizing funds to pay the next stage as it may be just a matter of weeks between payments. If the payment schedule proposed by your Architect at the outset does not suit you just ask to be changed.



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