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 [...]



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. [...]



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.



Site progress

7th October 2017

This month we see the imminent completion of a large extension and refurbishment project in Sidmouth. Extensions to the front and rear plus a complete new thermal envelope wrap up the building nice and cosy for the winter; new efficient heating systems and complete new wiring and controls means it will be cost-effective to run. The original chalet-bungalow has been completely re-organised on both floors and now looks smart as a pin. Looking forward to handover mid-October.

Other projects have recently [...]



Running Coast to Coast

23rd September 2017

On 27th Sept we will be starting a 117m run from Wembury to Lynmouth, across Devon over Dartmoor and Exmoor, to raise funds for St Peters Malawi Education Trust. We’ll be running close to a marathon each day, over mixed terrain including all the best boggy bits of Dartmoor and hilliest bits of the county. Sean will be running with a small group of fellow runners on this self-led challenge. Much beer and potatoes will be required along the route. [...]



Chedworth visit

24th August 2017

Impressed on a holiday visit to Chedworth Roman Villa (Cotswolds), by their visitor centre, an elegant shroud protecting some lovely mosaics and hypocaust remains, as well as providing interpretation spaces. A deceptively simple building form and strategy, rigorously detailed and carefully executed.



New hat and coat

19th August 2017

Work finished this month on the Hall Church in Pinhoe and it now has a long-overdue new roof which will no longer require ad-hoc slate repairs and strategically-placed buckets. The new roof was installed by Tim Stribley and he has done a very neat job; along with replacing the soffits and fascias and completely redecorating, the Hall Church is looking smart and bright. We were able to keep the original ridge tiles and roof finials for a touch of character.

The [...]



Self build figures

4th August 2017

Are you aware that nearly 12,000 new homes are built by self-builders every year? This accounts for up to 10% of the country’s new house production, according to Sarah Chilcott on the Planning Portal. This is significantly less than other European countries such as Austria, where self-builders are responsible for 80% of new homes. This clarifies why, perhaps, there is such dissatisfaction with the industry in this country, but also begs the question, why don’t we build more. Evidently, there [...]



Running Coast to Coast

31st July 2017

If you know me even a little, you probably know I run a bit; I’ll be running a lot more this September.

This year we have become involved with a charity called St Peter’s Malawi Education Trust, which has arisen from a long-term relationship that a local school (St Peter’s) has developed with a community in central Malawi. They have made many visits with schoolchildren to the Kasungu district, becoming involved in secondary and primary schools and a hospital [...]



Site news

28th July 2017

We have several projects on site and about to start on site, at the moment. The refurbishment of the Hall Church, Pinhoe, with new roof, ceilings, lights and decoration throughout, plus some other minor repairs, has brought a fresh new look whilst being able to retain some original characterful features, including clay roof finials. This will see it ready for many more years of use at the centre of Pinhoe’s community.

In St Thomas, an extension to the ground floor of [...]