Initially, it is best to send an email through our Contact Page to info@dcae.ie

We will then send you our online Client Wishlist which helps you to start preparing a brief and gives us a clear indication of where you and your family are with your new home project.

You can also complete ‘Our Free Guide to Preparing a Brief’

When that is returned to us you can consider one of the following options:

Option One: Online Consultation

Time: 30-40 Minutes

Cost: €123 (€100 + VAT @ 23%)

Items Covered:

  • Assessment of your completed Client Wishlist
  • Desktop study of your site / existing house
  • Outline review of planning and technical issues
  • Outline building construction costs, professional fees, and expenses

To Proceed:

Email a request for a Client Wishlist or complete ‘Our Free Guide to Preparing a Brief’

Option Two: Onsite Consultation

Time: One hour

Cost: €185 (€150 + VAT @ 23%) + mileage (tbc)

Items Covered:

  • Assessment of your completed Client Wishlist
  • Desktop study of your site / existing house
  • Synopsis of planning permission issues
  • Outline building construction costs, professional fees, and expenses

To Proceed:

Email a request for a Client Wishlist or complete ‘Our Free Guide to Preparing a Brief’

Option Three: Feasibility Study / Pre-planning consultation

Time: One-hour client meeting + research time + liaison with Planners

Cost: €925 (€750 + VAT @ 23%)

Items Covered:

  • Assessment of your completed Client Wishlist
  • Visit to your site / existing house
  • Preparation of site analysis report
  • Synopsis of planning permission issues
  • Outline building construction, professional fees, and expenses
  • Submit pre-planning application consultation documentation to Planning Authority
  • Report on pre-planning application consultation

To Proceed:

Email a request for a Client Wishlist or complete ‘Our Free Guide to Preparing a Brief’


At the conclusion of the above stages, we will prepare a fee proposal for the services we can offer appropriate to your project.

Please note that the above options do not include for the preparation of any design proposals as these would require a far higher level of time input. We may use images from previous or similar projects to support our responses.

The above stages are geared towards one-off new-build and extensions for single-family homes.

For larger projects please contact us for a quotation.