Archive 2012

December 2012: Project news: In Dawlish we have obtained local authority approvals for a new garden room linking a home properly to its garden. The design is carefully set-out on a limited site but will be filled with light, makes use of an interesting steel structure to articulate an open ceiling and offers long-distance views towards the coast. We have provided drawings and support to allow the client to seek tenders and manage the construction works themselves, and look forward to keeping an eye on progress on site. Meanwhile in Exeter, a recent client has told us that she is very pleased with our smallest extension project to date (3.5m2), now complete. At such a size, we provided design services up to tender stage followed by self-management of the contract. Nearby in Pinhoe, modifications to form an open-plan kitchen/dining/family room by removal of internal walls has also finished.

November 2012: End-of-year: As across the construction industry, it has been a testing year but we continue to receive new enquiries and win new commissions, so look forward to a busy fourth year in practice.

October 2012: Project news: We continue to work on Listed Building applications on buildings across the county. Our cedar-clad timber frame extension in Paignton reaches completion, as does work on Pinhoe Church’s Vestry. Other news: On October 21st Sean struggled round the last few miles of the Dartmoor Vale Marathon to finish in just under 4h20. Nevertheless he was pleased to raise over £1,000 in sponsorship for BRACE and HomeStart Exeter, which will be increased further by GiftAid and the donations of race organisers, the Rotary Club. Thank-you for all your support.

September 2012: We hope you enjoy the new information, photographs and drawings of some of our recent projects, now uploaded to the website’s Project page.

September 2012: Project news: On site in Topsham we have a large project converting three flats back to one dwelling, as originally built, and which includes eco-refurbishment measures alongside returning the building to its original open and light proportions. We continue to submit planning and Building Regulations applications on a range of sites in Devon and Dorset; we have been commissioned on several new projects including feasibility studies for splitting one large dwelling into two, and commercial change-of-use applications. Other news: Sean is running the Dartmoor Vale Marathon in aid of BRACE (dementia research) and HomeStart Exeter (support for young families). It’s his first marathon but training is going well. Please contact us if you would like to support either of the charities with a donation. More information here.

August 2012: We took a brief break and closed for a week to enjoy the (varied) weather and fantastic coastline of east Dorset; thank-you for your patience whilst we were away. We stayed in a converted chapel near Bridport, a project which we would have loved to have designed, and which benefited from on-site solar hot water generation, which was fun to see in action.

July 2012: We have provided two free consultations under the RIBA‘s Architect in the House scheme in aid ofShelter; so far this year the collaboration has raised over £50,000 and counting. We have also obtained Planning Permission and Building Control Consent for our smallest project to date: a 3.5m2 extension to a kitchen in Exeter.

June 2012: We continue to negotiate intricate planning agreements for the nursery in Birmingham, and work on Listed buildings involving carefully considered schemes appropriate to their site conditions. We are continuing to detail works to rectify and improve un-regulated previous development of a loft conversion. New projects: we have been commissioned to re-convert a substantial home from its current arrangement as three flats, back into the single dwelling it was originally built as. This involves careful structural interventions, environmental improvements, and the opening up of the much-divided central core of the building to return it to its former light and elegant proportions. Our initial concept sketches for a new spiritual garden at Pinhoe Primary School have been superbly implemented by a hard-working volunteer workforce from the school and the garden was officially opened by Bishop Bob of Exeter Diocese this month.

May 2012: Site news: Westerlea has completed and is now occupied, with final landscaping works being a little hampered by the weather. Mike Cann Builders have achieved a fantastic quality of finish throughout. Website:We are in the process of adding new projects and photographs to the website – keep an eye out for lots more photos courtesy of our friends at fat-pics.

April 2012: Once again we are pleased to support Shelter through the RIBA‘s Architect in the House project, offering free consultations in return for donations towards the charity’s projects supporting the homeless. Please sign up through the Architect in the House website.

March 2012: Planning Consultancy: We have now achieved Planning Permission for a day-nursery in Birmingham to expand its capacity and convert un-used parts of the property into an independant maisonette, after long and careful negotiation with the local authority and taking into account local concerns. This allows the nursery to increase the number of children it can take, improving its viability as a business and make good use of abandoned and unsuitable accommodation. We have enabled this after several previous attempts to gain permission on the site have not succeeded, satisfying the planners of the need and benefit on the site and to the local community.

March 2012: New projects: we have been newly commissioned to obtain ‘regularisation’ of a below-standard loft conversion in Exeter, to obtain retrospective Building Regulations consent and in doing so consider how best to arrange the space to make the most of the fantastic views over the city. Site news: our loft conversion completed recently to a high standard and below budget. Their solar installation is now fully commissioned and the meter turning slowly backwards. The discovery of the fireplace at Pinhoe’s Church Room caused quite a stir and even made it to the local press. The main works are pretty much complete with some detail conservation matters to features of the fireplace to attend to; the next phase is to address damp in the Vestry.

February 2012: Site news: Works progressing at Pinhoe Church have made an exciting discovery: a 16th Century fireplace buried unknown in the wall and extending 1.5m deep and 4.5m wide. We are currently investigating the possibility of opening it up into the room using a careful conservationist approach. Our loft conversion in Pinhoe draws to a close this week and despite the weather drawing in is filled with light and space. The PV cells will be fitted shortly whilst another client in Ottery St Mary has now been using ‘own-grown’ electricity for a couple of weeks, generating more than being used thanks to the brilliantly clear weather recently.

January 2012: Site news: Pinhoe Church works move closer to commencement having let the contract and the PCC started on clearing site ready for Corbel Conservation to move in on the 23rd. Two other projects are being prepared for commencement, a modern single-storey open-plan extension in Paignton and a two-storey brick extension to a 1980’s house in Exeter which, using some sizable structural interventions, includes a large and light-filled open-plan living environment.