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Book me for Simon Open Door

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It's that time of year again folks. I am taking part in the excellent Simon Open Door initiative on Saturday May 11th. Seek me out on the website - www.simonopendoor.ie - and book one of my slots. Like I have done each or the last three years, I am taking the show on the road and doing my consultations in your house - where we can see what you are dealing with and really get down to discussing ideas, potential and pitfalls.

No posts for a while?

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If anyone has been wondering why there haven't been any posts on this blog since last July, well, I am blaming this person...

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a new home...for small spaces

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I'm very pleased to announce that I am taking up residence in Fumbally Exchange, an innovation hub in Dublin 8 populated by numerous design-focused small businesses. Having worked for the last three years from home and on my own, I'm looking forward to being told to stop muttering to myself by my new neighbours, cadging cups of tea from people, having a real swivel chair, and generally becoming civilised.

Fumbally Exchange is one of those very good things that sometimes emerge from turmoil, and I'm really looking forward to working in proximity with the array of talents and interests that are there. As its chief instigator George Boyle might say... exciting times...

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A new home for small spaces...

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a kitchen extension that doesn't block the view

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The latest job to go to site (and nice weather it is for building too) is a micro-extension to a semi-detached house. The original layout of the house had a very narrow and low-ceilinged kitchen built out the back (image below), that the owners had gamely lived with for years. But eventually thoughts of a bit more elbow room while cooking began to get more insistent. And for all this time the fridge was sitting in the dining room, a proverbial mile away from the rest of the “kitchen triangle”. I think in the end it was trying to figure out how to find space for it in the kitchen that led to me being called in to see what could be done.

Simon Open Door 2012

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A huge thank you to my eight “clients” for this year’s Simon Open Door weekend. Now in its eighth year ( the third year for me) this event, for those who don’t know, is where home-owners pay a €50 donation to the Simon Community for an hour’s consultation with an RIAI architect to advise them on all kinds of aspects of their home and what they can do with it. It’s a very simple idea, and it’s very well run and well publicised. This year I believe the donations this year totalled around the €25,000 mark, with the overall figure donated for the eight years being around €265,000.

Like I’ve done in the previous two years for Simon Open Door, I once again took the show on the road and did all my consultations in the “client’s” homes. My rationale for doing this is pretty simple – it leads to a better quality of consultation. The only reason I can think of against it is that if people came to me I might manage to squeeze in a few more consultations than the eight I do. But to be honest, given that I work solo, I’m not sure I’d manage more than four in a day anyway. And I prefer to have the eight people I deal with get the most for their donation – and hopefully spread the word about this very worthwhile event.

The Latest from Site

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These are a couple of images from a job currently underway in Irishtown - a tiny do-er upper that needed a lot of thought. More to follow...

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Simon Open Door 2011

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Ideal Home Show 2011

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Simon Open Door

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Ideal Homes Show at the RDS

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As promised, a little feedback on the Extension Advice Centre at the Ideal Homes Show. From listening to the people looking for advice (at my stall anyway) there does seem to be an appetite out there for finding out what can be improved without doing large amounts of work. One couple in particular went away pretty happy after I halved the size of the extension they were thinking of and still showed them how it would fix all the issues they wanted fixed. Less is more, as they say.

Ideal Home Show

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