Bedroom Remodelling

Bedroom remodelling is an essential aspect of a home renovation project. Your bedroom is your sanctuary. It’s where, and how, you wind down after a long day. It’s where you go to read, to repose, to recharge. We’ve seen it enough times to know that it’s no exaggeration to say that having a home designed around who you are will profoundly improve your life. That potential is there for the taking in every space in your home, from the utility room to the kitchen — and not least of all in your bedroom. Your bedroom is the environment you wake up to each morning. It sets the tone for the rest of your day, day after day, week after week. Your bedroom sets the tone for your life. As such, we treat it with the level of care it deserves. It’s important to us that your bedroom supports you, accommodating and encourages the things that give you energy, inspiration and joy. 

Bedroom Remodelling Is About You4 Bedroom Remodel Ideas To Incorporate Into Your Home

At Sigma Homes, when we think about remodelling and extending a home, we are constantly asking ourselves how this will improve our client’s quality of life. What we excel at (and are genuinely passionate about) is delivering the perfect space uniquely tailored for each of our clients. When we first sit down with you, we listen. We learn about what you’re looking for, what is going on with your space that you would like to be different, what is working for you, what is not. How would you like to feel in your new home? Listening to you, we learn about your style preferences. Sometimes after our clients describe their needs they add, “but I’m no expert”. That’s simply not true. Even if they don’t know the jargon or specific terms for a decor style or finish, they always know what they like and what they don’t.

Our Process Sets Us Apart

Before we begin any physical work, an important part of our process is to understand your style preferences and reflect those back to you in a complete concept. To refine the design, we listen to your feedback. What elements reflect your needs? What parts, if any, don’t quite hit the mark for what you’re after? By the end of this process, we will have helped you create a seamless, complete concept based borne from your preferences and lifestyle. A bespoke space created especially to let you relax, sink back, and sigh a deep breath of relief.

If you’re planning for a home or bedroom remodelling project, give us a call today on 021 436 5866

Build Management

Build management is a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to efficiently and effectively building, extending or renovating your home. We started Sigma Homes because there were many problems in the industry that we wanted to solve. Looking critically at the industry, we sought to understand why builds so often went so wrong. Why exactly did the majority of construction and renovation projects end up having major mistakes, delays and disruptions? Why was construction typically so stressful for the customer? While there are many reasons, one of the critical aspects we identified was build management. On paper, a build seems deceptively straightforward. But the reality is far from it. It’s very easy to look at the plans and think, “we just need these traders and these suppliers, and then we’ll get the job done”.  Many experienced industry professionals have also made this assumption on their own home projects. But very often they discover the reality is a lot more complicated than that.

Cutting Costs

We all want to get the best quality work for the best price. For those managing their own build, this might mean sourcing different traders and suppliers for various tasks. A dozen quotes from different builders, another dozen from plumbers, electricians, plasterers, fitters for the kitchen, etc. Because you’re getting the best price by shopping around, it can feel like you’re saving money. But this unlikely to be the case. It’s easy to get a date from traders and suppliers in the planning stages. But each one is an individual operating in their own best interest. They may say they’ll be available today, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be available in six months when you need them. Attempts to cut costs by finding the best person for each job often results in added stress and unforeseen delays which end up costing far more time and money later down the line when one trader is waiting on another before they can proceed.

Good Build Management Is About Trust

Most builders and traders are overbooked. They know that even without delays on other projects, the project will likely run on longer than the customer would like or expect. While the reasons for this may be understandable from the perspective of a trader trying to make ends meet, for the customer, the result is delays, obfuscations, miscommunications and a breakdown of trust. A typical builder jumps between multiple projects. This often happens without clarity and focus. It often results in mistakes and miscommunications, adding to delays, and the feeling that this builder is not the trustworthy person you had met initially. And it’s stressful when you feel stuck in a relationship with someone you can’t trust.

Build Management: The One Stop Shopbuilding management

Sourcing different, independent experts to work on a single project means you’re almost guaranteed to have delays and miscommunications. At Sigma Homes, we are committed to putting our relationship with our clients first. We saw that effective build management was critical to exceeding their expectations. In order to orchestrate everything smoothly and remove the stress from our clients, we knew we had to be a unified team. Our architects, builders, plumbers, plasterers, electricians and fitters work together as one coordinated unit. We plan our activities as a team to ensure that you get the home of your dreams delivered to you, our client, on-time — and to the very highest quality. 

If you’d like to discuss your project with our team, feel free to call us today on 021 2348 095.

Home Renovations Worth Waiting For

While we currently have a waiting list of clients for home renovations, we provide home renovations worth waiting for. When you arrange a date to work with us, we stand by it. As a client-focused design and renovation organisation, we put our efforts into streamlining every aspect of the renovation process. We use process-improvement techniques to ensure that with every build, we get more efficient at delivering top tier results. What this means is that we know how long something will take; and when we provide a start and finish date, we can stand by it.

Home Renovations Worth Waiting For. A Passion for Design

We have a huge passion for what we do. We are about professionalism, quality craftsmanship, and incorporating excellence in everything we do. As our architect listens to your needs and wishes, they are already visualising the end results and thinking of ways to meet your requirements while maximising light and space. One of the most stressful aspects of renovating a home is spending dozens if not hundreds of hours calling around to shops, poring over catalogues and going online in search for the right tiles, floors, paints, windows, fixtures, and colours to match the space and your taste. With our knowledge of what you want and our own wide-ranging selection, we can provide you with some samples, specific suggestions that we think will match your taste and your requirements, and complement the build beautifully. We want you to love the light and space in your new home, so we go the extra mile for you. This is why last month we won the Houzz Award for Design

Whatever design you go with, we will complete it to an exceptional level of quality. We will go through the snag list and make sure everything is completed to perfection before we finalise the handover. For us, the handover is not the end. We consider the completion of your home renovation at the beginning of our relationship with you. This is why we include a 10-year warranty on all our projects. If there’s a problem with any aspect of the renovation, including any fixtures that we’ve installed, we are just a phone call away — and we prioritise all existing clients as highly as our potential clients.

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.