24th July 2018
The office will be closed from Friday 3rd August until Friday 10th August incl. We’re not going far and we’re hoping this sun stays for a while during a short break, and we enjoy some sun and sea. We will deal with all messages left in our absence, as soon as we can on our return. Whatever you’re up to, have a good summer.
30th June 2018
The end of June saw us submit an application for Listed Building Consent to convert parts of the Lloyds Bank in central Ashburton into two dwellings. The ‘shop-front’ remains the same but an existing side passage gives access to entrances to a small ground floor flat and larger first floor family home. The design has to take into account the Listed building’s features, not only some lovely internal rooms with feature ceilings but the front elevation in it’s prominent location [...]
22nd May 2018
We are pleased to note that during our attendance at the local authority’s committee meeting last night, 21st May, the Park Life Community Hub proposal was given unanimous and vocal support by committee members and councillors and granted Planning Permission. The client team was well represented and the chair of the trustees spoke clearly and persuasively, clarifying queries from the panel. A short debate was had but the overall feeling in the room was one of whole-hearted [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
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; [...]