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Project starts

30th April 2018

We have returned from Malawi in time for two more projects to commence on site here, closer to home. Firstly, a sunny garden room extension complete with triple-glazed roof lantern on a Listed Building in Topsham, careful insertions and incisions to give more generous living accommodation and to bring light deep into the internal spaces. This was originally commissioned by the owner/occupier of the house who subsequently sold; however the project was picked up by the new owner and taken [...]

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‘Affordable’ housing

18th April 2018

For a long time the term ‘affordable housing’ has been an anathema; it’s used in political, planning and development circles to persuade the populace that the housing crisis is being dealt with. When the average household income is in the region of £23k, and the average house price is ten times that, we fail to see how anyone in a low-income position can secure themselves a safe and adequate home. When we bought our first house the rule of thumb [...]

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Success in Chimbiya

10th April 2018

We have just returned from our trip to Malawi with St Peters Malawi Education Trust; we’ve had an eye-opening time. The building team spent 5 hard, hot days in the sun and successfully completed the construction of seven classrooms ahead of time. The frames went up well and were completed with roofs in the nick of time, as the heavens opened the moment we officially handed over the project. All 900 pupils, families and building team were [...]

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Park Life submission

30th March 2018

This month saw us, in conjunction with Avalon Planning, submit for Planning Permission our plans for Park Life‘s cafe in  Heavitree Pleasure Grounds. The project has garnered widespread support through its gestation period and we look forward to a fruitful discussion with the planners. Decision due in June.

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Project completion

28th February 2018

This month saw the completion of a bright and spacious extension in Pennsylvania, Exeter, creating an open-plan kitchen/dining room in this lovely family home. The kitchen replaced a conservatory in a little courtyard space at the back of the house, and was back-to-back with a similar project we completed next door a few years before. Here, alternative thinking to move the kitchen from its original space meant that some significant structural modifications, and therefore cost, were avoided, and the disruption [...]

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Architect abroad

10th January 2018

Busy planning for our trip to Malawi at Easter, not pencils but tools in our hands for a change (is that wise?). Plans underway, materials ordered, so many vaccinations our arms feel like pin-cushions… we’re looking forward to our trip to help build seven new classrooms in seven days with St Peters Malawi Education Trust. Watch this space for more news. Please bear with us while we are closed from mid-March for three weeks.

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Complete in time for Christmas

20th December 2017

This month, the completion of one of our smallest projects. A very modest kitchen extension that replaced an outside loo, and allowed the kitchen to finally have a view over the garden, where previously this was only possible with the aid of a stepladder and a squint view. Careful consideration of the window arrangement and a slightly unusual floor plan meant that the whole garden is brought into the eye-line, making for a much improved relationship for this plant-loving client; [...]

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End of Year 2016-17

30th November 2017

We’ve had another busy year full of exciting projects including building on previous ‘firsts’ for the office. Following on from the completion last year of a new loo for Clyst Honiton Church, we are currently building one in Honiton Baptist Church, have design similar for Pinhoe Church Office, and are discussing initial briefs for re-ordering Rockbeare Church to include flexible community spaces, a kitchen and… another loo.  It seems we are getting a reputation for Church washrooms! Most recently, home [...]

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Smooth handover

18th October 2017

Today, Practical Completion at a site in Sidmouth where we have extended a chalet-bungalow to front and back; remodelled kitchen, dining and utility areas completely; and opened-up the first floor to create an open-plan bedroom/dressing room/en-suite… not to mention completely insulating the whole building, re-wiring, re-plumbing, and lots of hard landscaping too. A large project, this has brought a dated and dilapidated bungalow bang up to date and promises to be a beautiful home for our clients to retire into. [...]

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Coast to Coast: done!

14th October 2017

This month we completed our Coast to Coast run for St Peters Malawi Education Trust. We had a fabulous time running 117 miles from Wembury to Lynmouth in great company. We’ve raised nearly £3,500 for the charity to put towards its ‘Seven classrooms in seven days’ project for March 2018, when we’ll also be travelling out there to help build this vital primary school accommodation. Thank-you to all who have supported us so far, you have been very generous.

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