Services Provided

Tadhg Casey Architects is an RIAI registered practice. Our ethos is to incorporate themes and the spirit of vernacular and traditional local architecture in a clean, simple and modern way. Each and every design is fully unique to its site and maximises the client's wishes and site characteristics. We are well versed in the planning process and we have an excellent success rate thus far.

Our work is varied and includes all different scales and types, from one-off residential dwellings through to educational buildings as well as hospitality, commercial and urban design.

As RIAI registered architects, our design process is finely honed to respond uniquely to each client’s wishes and needs. We can lead your project from concept to completion, with our service broken down into clear stages.

Our service includes coordinating the input from our network of consultants, as required, such as Planning Consultants, Fire Safety Consultants, Structural Engineers and Mechanical and Electrical Engineers.


Initial Consultation

The aim of this first meeting is to understand the key elements of the brief, why you are undertaking the work and the likely cost and program. This includes initial thoughts and advice, which should give a better understanding of what may be involved in the project. Importantly it also provides an opportunity to make sure we see eye to eye. The better we understand and trust each other the more likely you are to feel satisfied with the end result.

What do you need for the initial consultation?

- A building/site
- A brief
- A budget
- A selection of images of inspiration

Our initial consultation fee is €150 including VAT.

Following the meeting, we will send you details of the service and fees for the project along with other costs to consider and our understanding of the brief. On some projects we carry out a feasibility study to investigate and evaluate the potential of a site or building. It clearly sets out a brief history of the site, its overall condition and significance, as well as the constraints and opportunities.

Our quotes clearly explain what is and what is not included in each of the work stages. We quote on a fixed fee basis, giving both parties certainty. We also outline any third party costs that are likely to be incurred.



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FAQ

As a member of the RIAI, a Registered Architect has successfully demonstrated the knowledge and expertise required to guide a building project from start to finish. The role of an Architect involves much more than just design. Through their professional education and experience, Architects are trained to help clients determine a project brief or list of requirements; advise on budgetary outlines and expectations; provide guidance regarding planning and regulatory processes; issue and assess tender documentation; manage consultants such as surveyors and engineers; and administer the construction contract.

As a result, hiring an Architect can result in cost savings, more effective project management, and a design which best suits your needs.

Architects, too, may offer a range of services. They might manage a project from design to completion, or only be involved during certain parts of it. Together, you and your Architect will identify the service most appropriate to the scale of the proposed works. An Architect's fee will be subsequently dependent on the scope of their appointment.
Choosing an accredited RIAI Chartered Practice will give you peace of mind. RIAI registered practises (such as our own) comply with strict criteria covering insurance, health and safety and quality management systems. RIAI Architects have undergone specific training in design and excel in this area.
The timeline for each project varies and there are a number of things that can affect the timescale of a project, for example, changes to the brief, complex designs or if a planning application is needed. We will discuss this with you in the initial consultation so you will be aware of the timescales from the outset, we will also let you know if any services can be overlapped.
Every project is unique, but we always recommend starting with a clear budget in mind, so the design can be created according to this.
The core services that we provide reflect the many considerations clients face when undertaking a project:

Feasibility and project assessments
Design and space planning
Managing cost advice from builders and quantity surveyors
Sustainability advice
Pre-application and planning application submissions
Building control
Tender packages and tendering to builders
Project management / management of consultants such as engineers, surveyors and interior designers
Creating a project team
Contract management
Advice on interior design
Landscape and garden design
High level design of kitchens, bathrooms and master suites
Inspection of the build including for site visits and problem solving
We are based in Tralee, but work all over Munster, particularly Kerry, Cork and Limerick.
We design focal points, fitted elements such as walk-in wardrobes and storage facilities. We frequently work with interior designers, and we have a network of professionals we can put you in contact with.

Interior elements and spaces that we design:

• Walk-in wardrobes
• Boot rooms and utility rooms
• Room dividers and consoles
• Living room focal points
• Library spaces
• TV and multimedia rooms
• Bathrooms and master suites
• Joinery items like doors, screens and feature walls
We can provide you with the details of builders so that you can meet and discuss budget, timescales and practicalities. Our network stretches beyond builders and covers every part of the process. From planning consultants right up to lighting designers, we’ve a ready-made team of professionals who are used to working together. We can liaise with each of these parties early on to gain input and cost advice, so you’re prepared from the outset.
The professionals you require will depend on your project and your needs. However, the vast majority of projects will require at minimum a building surveyor and a structural engineer. We will provide advice at the outset as to other contractors you may need. We also have a trusted network of professionals we can recommend.
It takes several weeks to design the project and prepare a planning application. Once the application is lodged to the Local Authority, they have eight weeks in which to make a decision or request further information. The Local Authority then has six weeks to make a decision once a request for further information has been submitted.
We can design so that phased works are possible. In most cases, full planning permission is valid for five years. Therefore you can establish a design without the pressure of having to do all the work at once.