Typical 1st stage sketch

Design is at the heart of everything that we do at Raeside Architects. We first “freewheel-freehand” to get a feel for the practicalities and possibilities and to find the potential heart of the project.

Once we have a good grasp of the site or existing building and what it is you want to achieve, we set about sketching and throwing-around ideas whilst all the time considering the planning policies and regulations the building will inevitably have to comply with.

Never underestimate the power of the designers trained eye and hand when working out complex spatial issues. Nearly always, we are solving puzzles; what can go where; how will one space relate to another; if this is changed, what will be the knock-on effect?

Scrap that idea, re-consider; bring-in another parameter; superimpose that over something else! It is often a very fluid process, using intuition, logic, technical know-how and design experience to bring together the basis for going forward.

Sketch exploring Ferry Terminal interior

We are all the time looking at designs in three dimensions. Our three-dimensional software allows us to build the designs as a computer model and view it from all angles, inside and out with different lighting conditions and alternative materials.

(Opposite = rear view of proposed extension to a house in Greystones, Co. Wicklow).

We have no excuses when it comes to showing you just what you will be saying “yes” to at every stage. We sometimes go to the effort of providing you with a “fly-by” or “walk-through”, as in the short video below (new house in Dalkey completed this year; photos to follow in due course).