Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Construction then stopped and the dole queue grew. Jobs were now needed and guess what: if 4 are on the dole 2 are men and one of which is construction related unemployed and the industry shrunk to a tenth of it's former size it now dawns on us (government) that we must help construction. CIF said drop the VAT to 9% but FG/Lab got cute and said no, but we'll set up the HRI and lasoo a few cowboys into the tax net while we give the poor houseowner a break and a much needed wee extension.
I suppose at this stage we needn't demand too much government interference, as this normally unbalances the market, but perhaps further tax relaxation would be good. For starters reduce professional's VAT from the luxury 23% to the builders 13.5%. Also look at the full tax take on development and ease it so the ("nasty") developers get their profit. If the truth be known there will be no movement without developers profits. Comments welcome.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
My advise to clients would be to not "opt out" as this may effect your house value in the long run, not to mention the quality of construction. For all its faults the new Building Control Regulations (S.I.9) is increasing the culture of compliance which is the very thing that everyone sought in the first place.
At ABA Architects our recent experience is that we are seeing local authorities carrying out more inspections and their input has been helpful and beneficial to the projects. As always we are happy to advise you on the specifics of your project and the many legal requirements attached to same.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Without an extension this house at Rosemount Crescent Dublin 14 was entirely refurbished. ABA Architects provided both an architectural service as well as an Interior design consultancy. Kitchen and Bedroom furniture was provided by Kelly Design Ltd. Contractor was Paul Gallagher of Mellor Enterprises Ltd. At ground floor level the Kitchen was opened to the dining and living space. Sliding double doors between front and rear reception rooms allowed the sunlight penetrate to rear of house. Separate WC and shower rooms off hall were altered to Visitors WC and passage to converted garage. Stairwell was refurbished and new opening provided to passage leading to relocated main bathroom at first floor level. Master bedroom was provided with dressing room and en-suite shower bathroom. A fresh contemporary look was provided to this 1950's house as well as insulation, plumbing, heating and electrical upgrades. More images are available on our Houzz website