Building Your Home, Designing Your Future

Residential Architecture: New Build & Renovation Specialist


We’re a dynamic, full-service, Irish architectural business; providing expert solutions in design, planning & project management to create or transform your dream home.

At the heart of JS Design is John Scanlon, a Kerry Native and chartered architectural technologist, building engineer and surveyor. John brings almost two decades of experience in designing and managing exceptional residential & commercial builds across both the UK and Ireland.

John Scanlon

John Scanlon






New Builds


We turn your vision into a reality, from concept to completion.

Our mission is to create or transform residential properties across Ireland, from start to finish, at an affordable cost. We can help home builders and owners get the most out of their homes with new builds, extensions, renovations or energy upgrades.

We work in close partnership with our clients to explore ideas and solutions to ensure our designs are tailored to meet their needs, property and budget.

Our approach is flexible and the unique part of our service is our involvement in the project can be determined by the client. We can provide feasibility sketches, one off design, surveying or manage the whole project from concept to completion.


With 20 years of experience in home design in both Ireland and the UK for new build, extensions and renovations, we are the specialist to guide you through your projects challenges.

We Listen:

We will take the time to find out what’s important to you so that we can design a home that suits yours and yours family’s needs.

We Understand:

Budget is extremely important, we have a process that gives you better control over your building costs.


1. Pre-design:

Visiting the site/property and establishing the brief.

2. Initial Design:

Develop sketches to present ideas to the client.

3. Developed Design:

Finalise the design & submit planning application (if required).

4. Detailed Design:

Develop how the building should be constructed, how to comply with building regulations.

5. Tender Process:

Competitive tender process with suitable contractors.

6. Contract Administration:

Make site visits/inspections, stage payments & certification.

7. Guide:

We have a useful client guide, that will fully explain our role and the client input at each stage.

8. Confidence:

We want all our clients to feel confident with design decisions that impact your project.



Before & After Image

” We commissioned John, to renovate and modernise our 2-story farmhouse to create additional space for our new family. He completely transformed our home, from start to finish into something we are proud of and love. We really couldn’t have made this project happen without him”. – Ardfert, Co. Kerry

      Home Extensions Design

Before & After Image

” We wanted to add a new 3 bedroom wing to our rural detached house. John was so patient with us throughout the whole design process. He was also able to advise and manage the whole project from start to finish on our behalf.” – Ballymac, Co.Kerry


Before & After Image

” We asked John to extend and renovate our old council cottage into a modern 3 bedroom home. He completely exceeded our expectation of how much we could transform our home, and made the design capture our beautiful views and the natural light “. – Glencar, Co. Kerry



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If you’d like to talk to us about how we can transform your home, please contact us to arrange a no- obligation consultation and a coffee

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