Building Project Management: Aiming for Excellence

Building project management can be one of the most stressful parts of a home renovation — especially when you’re doing it yourself. At Sigma Homes, we have examined the building industry in Ireland. We identified its most significant issues and used modern systems design principles to eliminate the cost, time-wasting and uglier aspects of the industry.

We aim for nothing but excellence. This is an easy thing to say, but we believe we have shown this is true through our results.  Our aim is to make everything easy. We will work closely with you throughout a redesign, new build, extension or renovation. Starting from planning, throughout the build, down to your experience after we leave and you’re enjoying your home, we aim to make everything about the experience pleasant and easy for you.

Building Project Management That Exceeds Expectations

It’s not enough to surpass expectations and get the job done on-time. We want to give you a lovely experience through and through. Everyone on our team showcases exceptional workmanship and professionalism. Our team of electricians, plumbers, plasterers, tilers, roofers and other building professionals each individually deliver quality work, delivered on-time while giving you a positive experience.  If you’re staying at home during the work, we’ll do our best to coordinate the project around your life. 

Building Project Management

You may have an existing space and looking to build an extension, or you may already have some ideas of what you’d like to do with it. We can call out to get a sense of the space and draw up plans based on your ideas. Our architect can ensure that whatever design you choose, it will maximise light and space to your specifications.

We’ll meet up with you regularly to follow-up on what has happened. We will provide a timeline so that you know what to expect – and we make every effort to ensure that dreams match reality. This is really important to us, especially when we know you have a busy life or kids. If we give you a timeline, we will hit it. We provide a 10-year warranty on a build or renovation. If you ever have a problem, you will always know that we’re only a phone call away. 

To find out more or to arrange a consultation, contact us today on 021 234 8095

Sigma Homes Wins The Best Of Houzz Award For Design

Sigma Homes of Cork

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2020

The Annual People’s Choice Award from the Houzz Community Highlights Home Renovation and Design Professionals with Most Popular Designs and Top Ratings

Cork, Ireland, 13 February, 2020 – Sigma Homes of Cork has won a “Best Of Houzz” award for Design on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The incredible Cork-based design and build team was chosen by the millions of homeowners that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.5 million active home building, renovation and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honour professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honours are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2019. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognised with the Photography award.

A “Best Of Houzz 2020” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We’re really happy here at Sigma Homes to receive this award, it’s really good feedback and it lets us know that we’re moving in the right direction. I want to thank Houzz but most importantly all of our customers and all of our staff. Stay tuned for an even bigger year” – Patrick Sigma Homes

“This year’s Best Of Houzz awards go to an incredibly talented and service-oriented group of home renovation and design professionals, and we’re proud to highlight the winners on the Houzz website and app,” said Inés Cid, Managing Director for Houzz UK. “This award is particularly meaningful as it reflects the sentiment of the millions of homeowners in the Houzz community who are hiring home professionals for their projects across the UK and around the world.”

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About Sigma Homes

Sigma Homes’ design and build team has over 40 years experience completing one of a kind home extensions and renovations. They utilise this experience in every project to ensure they maximise the potential in your home and deliver a high-quality bespoke product. Their attention to every detail of your home ensures that they offer a high-quality complete project meeting all your requirements on time and on budget. Their high level of performance has earned them not only this award, but also the coveted Cork Construction Company Of The Year award for several years in a row. Whatever the project, Sigma Homes never fails to meet and exceed expectations.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, discover products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.co.uk.

How to Choose an Architect

Knowing how to choose an architect is essential. A good architect will ensure that your project goes smoothly, stays within budget, and matches your dreams and expectations. You need an architect to handle the parts of the project that most people don’t even consider. Whether it’s negotiating complicated planning and application procedures and regulations, you need someone who knows the ins and outs.

Management is crucial. Even a small extension can create serious issues if done improperly. Think of the disruption that can be caused by having a painter in or having a roof repaired and multiply it a hundredfold. A new build or renovation can be one of the most significant investments you’ll ever make. Your home should add to your quality of life. An architect can help you achieve this, but you must ensure you have someone you like, trust, and can comfortably discuss the project with. 

How to Choose an Architect: Ask for Referrals

In Ireland, we still primarily seek recommendations through word of mouth. Ask your friends and family who they used for their build, but be sure to consider your own project. Be sure that you’re comparing apples to apples. Someone may have had an excellent architect for their home extension, but is it the same type of project as your restoration or renovation?  Get a good close-up look at the work that was done so you can judge for yourself if it matches your tastes and expectations. Some of our clients share their experiences

View the architect’s portfolio

Check for the quality of the finished work. Again compare apples to apples. If the portfolio shows extravagant, complex designs but you’re looking for a straightforward design for your 3-bedroom semi-detached, ask for examples that are more in line with what you want. We offer full transparency. We keep our architectural portfolio publically visible for everyone to see. 

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Make sure they are communicative

Hire an architect who listens and is willing and able to interpret your ideas into the designs you want. At the end of it all, it’ll be you who will be living in the house. So you need to make sure that they’re helping you realise your ideal home and preferences, not theirs. Make sure you can agree on a design together and then be sure you both stick to it.

“Their workmanship was incredible. When it came to the snag list nothing was too big, nothing was too small. Every single detail, they took as seriously as if it was their own house, they were just an incredible bunch to work with”.
— Irene Galvin, Client

Knowing how to choose an architect is the difference between having a beautiful home that suits your needs and is in keeping with its surroundings, and having a never-ending nightmare of disruption and disagreement. Your architect’s job isn’t just to come up with nice uses of the space; they should help you through the planning process, ensure you conform to building, health and safety requirements, and essentially, manage the building contractors to ensure a smooth and efficient process through and through. 

At Sigma Homes, we spent years analysing the many pitfalls of the building industry. With a client-first approach, our organisation aims to take away the delays, stress and trouble out of a home renovation or extension. If you’d like to find out more about how we work, experience first-hand how we approach a build, feel free to arrange an obligation-free consultation today on 021 2348 095.

Renovating an Existing House

When it comes to renovating an existing house, we’ve helped hundreds of families hit the mark. We provide a “one-stop-shop” for all aspects of renovation; from the design to the finish, we can stop by, assess your space, listen to your needs and ideas, and provide plans that will meet and hopefully exceed your wishes. Here are a few words from some of our happy clients.

Irene’s experience

“Sigma made our dream a reality, which was a lovely family home. Patrick is an incredible architect, and there are things I wouldn’t have done that he convinced us to do, and while at the time I couldn’t visualise it, he could. Their workmanship is incredible. When it came to the snag list, nothing was too big or too small. They took everything as seriously as if it was their own house. They were just incredible to work with.

They were unbelievable when it came to timing. They estimated it would be 20 weeks from start to finish, and they actually finished beforehand. You felt like you were working with your father or brother. They minded us; they looked after us. The meetings they held with us were incredibly helpful. If at night you were getting a bit stressed thinking about the renovation, you’d go into the meeting, and they’d just smooth out all the creases and guarantee that everything would be fine — and everything was. I couldn’t recommend them enough; they were brilliant.”

You can view Irene’s full testimonial here.

Renovating the Boland’s House

“We lived in this home since 1978. When the kids were up and gone, we looked around and decided we’d try and do something. We started with the idea of just doing an en-suite, but that vision expanded thanks to Sigma’s architect, Patrick O’Brien. He showed us that nothing was a problem. He said, “Yes of course — if you want it like that you can have it like that. You don’t want to hear anyone say, ‘No, it can’t be done’.”

“My experience of builders have been mixed, but I found the lads in Sigma were excellent. They were very professional, very organised. And if we did have a problem they’d make a phone call, solved, problem gone. That, to me, was great. They were a one-stop-shop. From planning to finish, the job was absolutely brilliant. One of the beauties of the build is the outside space. There have been a couple of mornings when, being retired and not under time constraints, to be able to sit out the back in the morning with my cup of coffee is absolutely brilliant. I’ve had a few calls from people, and I have absolutely no problem recommending Sigma. And that doesn’t come easy from me. I would be fairly critical, and I find them excellent.”

View the Boland’s entire testimonial here.

If you’re planning on renovating an existing house and would like to discuss your project, feel free to contact us today on 021-4365866.

House Renovations

At Sigma Homes, we provide a full design and build for house renovations. We listen to what it is you want out of the extension and what it is you want to change within the house itself. We take everything on-board and present you with a plan that includes everything you want. When it comes to home renovations, it’s the little details that make a difference.  If we see something during planning that’s within your budget which might take advantage of the space in ways you might not have thought of, we’ll suggest it when we think it’s something you might appreciate.

During Your House Renovation

Many builders are very pleasant when you first meet them because they want the job. But within the industry, there’s an issue with builders neglecting the project over time, becoming unapproachable or uncontactable as the build continues, causing delays through a series of design and build errors and then becoming irritable when things need to be fixed or adapted.

At Sigma Homes, we pay attention to detail. We know that the cost and time add up when things are not done to standard, which is why we stick to the budget originally set out. To do this, we only hire excellent, friendly and approachable professionals who care about their work. We treat your home as if it were our own.

Changing Plans During Renovations

We understand that things change. As plans becoming tangible, you may see things more clearly than when looking at a drawing. When this happens, you will naturally want to change things slightly, little things that you want to change or tweak to better suit your needs. That’s not a problem. We’ll take everything on board and our architect will always be there, guiding you through the process. We’ll remain flexible and approachable in all aspects of the renovation. 

Whether it’s just a single room, such as a kitchen, or full house renovations, if you will continue to live in the house, we’ll plan around your day. We’ll arrive in the house every day at the same time, and leave at the same time each day (ideally before you come home from work). We’ll always aim to leave your home as clean and tidy as possible to minimise disruption throughout the build. If you have kids, we’ll always aim to keep safety as a priority both inside and out of the house.

House Renovations that Stay On Time and On Budget

Our promise to our clients is to deliver within budget. We’ll aim to allow for scope for any small changes that might arise during the build. and we’ll treat the timeframe we set out very seriously. If you’d like to discuss your own renovation with us, feel free to contact us on 021 2348 095

Why Hire An Architect?

“Why hire an architect” is often a question that arises at those early stages of a renovation or new build. Perhaps you’ve got the basics of the plan. You can see what you need, and you already have some great ideas for the finishes. You have all these ideas laid out, and on paper, it looks clear as day. You want to keep the costs down, and you’re looking for ways to do that. This is one of the critical points in a project where if you’re not careful, things can go awry. We spent years identifying what is wrong (and occasionally right) with the building industry and coming up with solutions. Here are a few thoughts to help you decide what’s best for your project.

“Why hire an architect when we’ve made it this far ourselves”?

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When you’re looking at a new build or renovation at the initial stages, it’s deceptively straightforward. Even for people who have been in the industry for years, it’s easy to view the plan as a checklist of items and think, “that just needs these traders, these suppliers, these fixtures — and I can organise them myself and find the cheapest options”. 

But thinking about a project and being in the thick of managing a project are two different animals.  Counterintuitively, the most expensive problems often arise because we are trying to reduce costs at the expense of quality and management.  The problem arises because it’s easy to get a “Yes” from traders and suppliers in the planning stages. They want the work, and they’ll often say they have the skill to complete your project to standard, even if they’re not completely familiar with a technology, design or approach. Recommendations can sometimes be misleading. A trader may have delivered a great office extension for your parents, but does that mean they have the skill and knowledge for your project?

Why Hire an Architect? Because Trying To Cut Costs In A Complex Process Can Lead to Greater Expense — And Disappointment

Shopping around, you can find traders who will get each individual job done. But problems arise when you need traders on-site at a specific time. Each trader is their own business, and as you know, out of fear of losing out, they are often running more jobs at a time than they can handle — often with little care for how that affects their customer’s lives. A three-month project can quickly become an eight-month project when you’re unable to begin the next stage till a certain task is completed. Maybe you’re relying on the roofing and air-tightness to be resolved before you can consider electrics. Then you find out that the roofers missed something because they weren’t in communication with the air-tightness guys or didn’t know about the latest specifications, so now that’s delayed too, because they had another job lined up so it’ll be three weeks before they can come back to you. And now you’re stuck for another six weeks because the airtightness needs to be completed before you can even think about plastering. And the problems, delays, and stress, can cascade until a seemingly ‘simple’ four-month project becomes a nine-month tragedy of errors. This can be tough when you’re waiting on a new home, but when it’s a house extension and you find yourself living on a construction site, it can be a nightmare.

So, why hire an architect, or specifically a build manager?

Because they will be able to avoid many of the issues that arise in this scenario. A good architect and/or site manager will know and anticipate the issues before they arise. They may have their own contractors who they can recommend for the task at hand and will help keep things moving.

At Sigma Homes, we provide a one-stop solution for all of these issues, and more…
We have studied the problems of the building industry in search of innovative solutions. We’ve examined where the bottlenecks occur and how unplanned costs arise. Using modern approaches, standards and “design thinking” techniques, we have streamlined the entire process with a focus on you, our client’s needs. Whether you have a design already laid out or you need help from the very beginning, we will come to you as one team. We put you first. We aim to reduce your costs, reduce disruptions and keep timelines to the absolute minimum. We keep everything clearly defined and on paper from day one so that there are no unpleasant surprises. Our team can help you from the very beginning, to conceive or refine your plans and ensure they’re to spec, and our builders and traders will bring what you want to completion with minimal interruptions, to standard, using the best materials, modern styles and finishes. So that you enjoy exceptional service and exceptional results.

If you’d like more clarity on your own project, we’ll be happy to talk. Call us today on 021 2348095.

Home Renovations Cork

Are you considering home renovations and living in the Cork area? As professionals (and customers), we have experienced first-hand the many issues that can plague construction and home renovation projects. We created Sigma Homes with a vision of solving these problems. Whether it’s the whole home or something like a kitchen renovation, our focus is always on giving our client what they want, on time, with superior quality and zero stress. We take your ideas and produce an architecturally designed, high-quality renovation to your house, delivered on time and within your defined budget. 

Right from the first meeting, we aim to take all the stress and hassle out of home renovation. We can advise on ways to improve your home to enhance energy efficiency, maximise daylight and reinvent your living space.  If you’d like to arrange an obligation-free meeting, we can call by, look at your space and see how we can best help you.

“It’s a delight to have it all taken care of for you, from start to finish”.
Pamela and Simon, Sigma Homes Clients

Home Renovations Without the Worry

While renovating your home, we can handle all of the required Building & Design work in-house. You still have full control, while letting us manage the construction reduces your costs and speeds up the building process. 

We can manage your whole project from start to finish, including design drawings, 3D modelling, planning applications, tendering and specification, interior design and of course construction and supervision. Let us be the ones worrying about the contractors, plumbers, electricians, etc.  We can also take care of the engineering supervision and mortgage sign off.

If you already have plans, we’re happy to tender for the project. We can often give advice and help make changes that can bring proposals within budget and regulations without losing the features you want. And if your extension requires planning — or you’re unsure if it requires planning —  we can help with that too. One of our clients had this to say:

“Sigma Homes are as good as they say they are, and probably even better.. They suggested elements to the build that we wouldn’t have thought of ourselves. They are a great team. They’re very bright and enthusiastic, and take great pride in their work. We really felt safe with them from the word go… Any concerns we had were taken seriously and dealt with straight away, without any quibbles and without any delay. That really felt good. “
Helen Murray, Sigma Homes Client

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For Queries Regarding Home Renovations in Cork

If you have any questions or if you would like us to call out, obligation-free, to go through your options, feel free to give us a call on 021 234 8095. Or you can email us at info@sigmahomes.ie.

Incorporating Technology Into Your New Look Home

Incorporating Technology Into Your New Look Home When renovating or adding an extension to your home, you are provided with the opportunity to have a home that meets all of your requirements and is specific to your needs. The opportunities to incorporate technology into your home are endless and doing so can make your life so more convenient, easier and ultimately stress-free. Technology is finding new ways to bring homes to life into the digital age. Technology for your home is smarter than ever before. It is not just for show it can be handy and very useful. The newest technologies can save you time effort and money. There are so many different brands, gadgets, devices, and apps to consider as well as so many elements in the home that could be outfitted.

Many people are unaware of the importance and capabilities of home technology. The appeal of your life made simpler by a fingertip of a piece of technology is hard to comprehend but it is certainly true. These devices and applications can be used for purposes relating to entertainment, lighting, security systems, heating and cooling systems, cooking appliances and lots more. There are so much tech products that can be installed to reflect your personality and aid your lifestyle. Technology doesn’t have to sacrifice style in most cases it adds to the style of your home.

Whether you’re a tech genius or not tech savvy when it comes to gadgets, devices, and apps, there is something to suit everyone and their needs. If you are not tech savvy, you can manage all of your home devices in the one place which is very convenient. By simply learning how to operate the one interface you can tap into the different devices throughout your home to your specifications.

Incorporating Technology Into Your New Look Home

High tech appliances, gadgets devices and apps can do so much for you as a homeowner. Tech options for your home can be discussed with your designer and builder when you are in the planning stage of your new custom home. If you are considering a home renovation or extension then talk to sigma homes and see how to make your project tech-friendly and a home you will fall in love with. Call us now on 021-4365866 or book a consultation at https://www.sigmahomes.ie/get-a-quote/

Should I Extend Or Renovate My Home?

Whether you’ve been in your home for decades or only a few years, there will come a time when you’ll think about making a change. Wanting a change can be down to a number of reasons. For example, your family could have grown and you need more space, your children have left home and you have more space to yourself, you could also be considering future-proofing your home for when you become much older or maybe you just fancy a change and want to create something fresh and new.Should I Extend Or Renovate My Home?

Doing up your home can be a tough decision and a prominent question that comes into people’s minds when deciding on a change is “should I extend or renovate my home?”.  When you’re considering any plans, you should set goals of what you would like from your change and also think years ahead of time to consider the needs of you and your family in that time.

An extension is suitable for a growing family or perhaps to cater to an elderly relative moving into your home. If you want to entertain guests by having them stay over occasionally, having extra rooms will come in handy. With all extensions, you need to apply for planning permission. If you get planning permission to extend, it is best to do so instead of moving home. Financially it makes more sense because the cost of buying a new house far outweigh the cost of building an extension onto your current home. They also they add great financial value to your home should you think about selling in the future. Another reason why an extension is perfect for your home is if you want a bigger, more spacious home. Extensions allow for flexibility for example if you happen to want to convert space into something for a particular use like an office or a relaxation room whether that is now or in the future.

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A renovation is perfect for improving the functionality of your home. Some people rush to the conclusion that they need an extension however it can be sensible to look more closely at what you already have and how improvements can be made. It’s important to think about what can be achieved within the property you already have. Cleverly reconfiguring existing space, adding some beautiful furniture, appliances and well-designed storage space will deal with excess clutter doing wonders for your home. Sometimes even knocking down some walls can have a profound impact upon the overall space and appearance of your home.

Deciding whether to extend or renovate your home is a dilemma faced by many but whichever one you decide on doing will be an exciting venture that will change your home for the better. To book a consultation for an extension or remodel in 2019, visit us online today at https://www.sigmahomes.ie/get-a-quote/ or call us on 021-4365866.

Renovating Your Home To Improve Your Quality Of Living

Renovating Your Home To Improve Your Quality Of LivingRenovating your home is an opportunity for you to express your individuality, style, and ideas through your home. A home renovation brings many advantages for homeowners and can do wonders for your property. Renovating is an exciting venture that with a well-detailed plan can accomplish great things. If you want to increase your quality of living, then a home renovation is perfect.

There is more, and more research which proves that the environment we live in has a direct effect on our mental health. The most important environment we live in is our home, and it is the place where we spend most of our time. The link between our environmental surroundings and our well-being is significant. Beautiful environments result in a rush of endorphins which are feelings, and hormones of happiness.

A home that is healthy, and appealing can do more than improve our mood, it can also have an effect on our immune system, and physical health. Living in an unappealing, cold, badly lit, and poorly designed home can feel distressing. When living in a home you don’t love you are less likely to maintain it as well. Having friends is important in life, not being comfortable with your house lessens the opportunities for social interaction with them as you are not inclined to ask them over. A newly designed, welcoming home will encourage you to have people over which will make your social life better. A newly improved hoRenovating Your Home To Improve Your Quality Of Living - Image 2me can influence how you feel but also how you interact with others.

One of the ways to improve the functionality of your home to provide a better environment to live is by renovating your home into a smart home. Smart homes are environments where technological devices interact with people to give them a great experience. They provide a homeowner with value, they can predict and respond to people’s needs, these types of homes have the capability to react intelligently by predicting, anticipating, and making decisions with self-rule. The possibilities are endless to what you can do with your home.

Renovations are the perfect opportunity to enhance the layout of your home. By making a big change through planning, designing, and building you’ll be amazed what can be done to your home, and surroundings. Our designers and builders will ensure that your renovated home will not only be well-designed and healthy but also great looking. At Sigma Homes, our years of experience in providing fantastic home renovation services has allowed us to transform people’s homes for the better. For more information on getting a renovation call us on 021-436-5866.