7th July 2017
Recent research carried out by the Federation of Master Builders and reported here by PBC Today, confirm our recent experience in the market place. It is not unusual for builders to need at least a month lead-in time to commence work after an instruction; however at the moment we are finding this can be several months, some even reporting a full order book for the next 6-9 months. This is great news for our regular builders who are in [...]
8th May 2017
A practice first: We were very pleased to hear that our little toilet built for Clyst Honiton Church last year has been twinned – with a toilet in Kanombe Village, Muramba, Uganda. The parish is ‘helping flush away poverty’, raising funds to support water and sanitation work and providing basic essentials.
13th March 2017
We’ve now completed our presentation drawings that we hope will go a little way to explaining the aspirations of the Trust, at their open evening this coming Friday March 17th. These animations and drawings illustrate the existing four classrooms built on previous visits, and the complete proposed works to build a further seven classrooms and two rooms for teacher’s accommodation, which it is hoped to complete in a visit in the spring of 2018. Please come along to the [...]
26th February 2017
Friends of ours have for some time been supporting the village of Chalizya in Malawi. Their work has included building new classrooms so school can continue no matter what the weather is, providing malaria prevention nets and other enabling support. They have plans to re-visit next year to continue to expand the primary school and provide staff accommodation so that, when the river floods, there are still teachers on site and school is not cancelled. Other work includes drilling boreholes [...]
26th February 2017
A very good friend of ours is sleeping rough this coming weekend, to raise awareness and money to support homeless people in Exeter, through the YMCA. Please spare a moment, don’t just walk past: sponsor Jenny here. There’s more information about the event on YMCA’s website here.
12th January 2017
News of a great adventure from one of our friends and former colleague, Michila. She is cycling from London to Paris in July this year, in aid of Jeremiah’s Journey. Take a moment to see what she’s up to, consider all the training and cushioning required, and if you’d like to make a donation go here to do so. Thank-you.
8th January 2017
Whatever your dreams are for this new year, we hope they take flight for you. Whether you have clear ideas of a new project for your home, or need some help crystallising your thoughts and teasing a brief into shape, give us a call, we’d love to help you along the way. We are delighted to have concluded some lovely projects this last twelve months and pleased to have new works about to go on site, as well as more [...]
20th November 2016
Media coverage of the fire that destroyed a large and historically important part of a central Exeter block was widespread. The Royal Clarence Hotel was all but destroyed by the fire that raged through several properties and took an enormous fire team days to control. The Clarence is thought to be the first hotel in the country; it and adjacent buildings were Listed and included much fabric of historic value, including mediaeval parts. Local press coverage was continuous, with more [...]
16th October 2016
Whilst away this weekend we parked quite fortuitously right next door to St Ives Brewery’s brand new cafe and brewery. A simple new building straddling quite quietly the old public toilets, it is crisp and clean and enjoys expansive views over the whole of St Ives and it’s beaches. What struck us most was the simple use of playful ceiling lines to define dynamic spaces without stealing from the sea. If only we’d have had time to stop for a [...]
16th October 2016
We’ve been away this weekend and stayed in a great little YHA on the fringes of the Eden Project site. Fantastically re-using shipping containers to form tiny bedrooms (with en-suites!) they fit the bill perfectly for a comfortable place to lay your head in between re-exploring St Ives, the Cornish coast and of course the Eden Project. We love this innovative, sustainable and fun, bright back-to-basics re-imagining of budget accommodation.