Before asking for a builder’s price, what do you need?

In our experience at Sycamore, there are a few preparatory steps which save our clients a lot of hassle in the long run: A scaled drawing, a firm idea of what you would like priced and your own budget expectations. “You don’t want a design for something you can’t afford…” Hiring a professional like an architect or quantity surveyor is about “spending money to save money.” Before you speak to a bulder, an architect (or designer) should be the first port of call.

Common considerations when extending to the rear

Common considerations when extending Rear extensions can be a priceless investment. Transform pokey kitchens, inefficient layouts and dark corners into bright, open plan spaces. Here are a few elements you’ll …

Extend Your Living Space

Extend Your Living Space from €25,000+VAT

What a difference an extension can make to the way you use existing space. An improved living/dining space looks terrific and works hard. Price: €25,000 + VAT. Includes: Extension to rear @ 12 sqm; Lean-to roof with aluminium glazing & 1 roof light; Steel works and Engineer’s structural sign off; Electrics & plumbing as standard; Extension finished in laminate flooring & painted.

Renovations in lockdown: ‘There is no timeline to completion’

Renovations in lockdown: ‘There is no timeline to completion.’ From The Irish Times – Life & Style – Alanna Gallagher – May 9, 2020. What happens when you finally get your dream home project off the ground, only for Covid-19 to shut down the build? In her article, Alanna Gallagher explores some of the impacts Covid-19 is having on Ireland’s residential construction sector. SOCIAL DISTANCING AND DELIVERY HOLD-UPS WILL DELAY BUILDING WORK ON DOMESTIC EXTENSIONS, PUSHING UP COSTS.

A complete guide to home renovation costs

“Instead of asking how much will it cost, you should ask how much can you spend.” From The Irish Times – Life & Style – Joanne Hunt – Thu, Apr 16, 2020.
Tailoring a renovation to our client’s budget is our specialty. It is beneficial to know what’s possible within a range rather than discussing ideas and expectations which may be unachievable once the bottom line becomes clear. It is refreshing to see this article distinguishing between market rates for new extension work and all the other costs which come into play once you alter an existing house.

Pay It Forward – Charity Draw for 2019

We are happy to say we will be doing our “Pay it forward“ programme again this year. Our clients throughout the year give us the charities close to their heart, they go into a draw and one will be chosen at random for a donation! Winner will be announced on Friday 20th December! Good luck ! …. In December each year Sycamore pledges support to a charity chosen by our clients as part of our ‘Pay It Forward’ programme. Each client is asked to nominate a charity dear to their hearts and we listen.

DIY SOS The Big Build, Ireland!!

We are very proud to be involved with bringing DIY SOS to Ireland. The show has been running for 20 years on the BBC and it’s great to see Irish people being helped too. Working on this has been a wonderful experience so far and we hope to be asked back for more!! Baz Ashmawy was a gent to work with and we wish the production team all the success they deserve in making it happen. It’s a massive undertaking.