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  • Commercial development

    Commercial Development Opportunity Hidden In Plain Sight

    Commercial Development | The daily traffic flow (including thousands of holiday visitors to the region) who pass the well-known former Foxhunters Garage Nr West Down on the busy A361 at West Down, have grown used to seeing an increasingly sad eyesore. A great, high-profile location, crying out for redevelopment. North Devon architect Perry Mears of…

  • Development and Diversification for Your Inland Marina – What Can you Do?  

    By far the hardest challenge in creating a successful inland marina based leisure enterprise is building the marina basin itself. So whether you did that yourself or have purchased an existing marina, the hardest part has been done! Many marinas have been at their busiest these past two years; the staycation boom combined with more…

  • West Buckland School

    West Buckland School re-roofing approved

    As architects, property is our passion and the opportunity to work on fine, historical buildings is always interesting and a privilege. One current project is West Buckland School near Barnstaple, North Devon, which features on the National Heritage List for England (NHLE), with its Grade II Listed Buildings. Peregrine Mears Architects was invited to assist…

  • Self-Build. How will You build It?

    When approaching the building of your new home self-build architect Devon & Cornwall, the chosen method of construction is fundamental. You may not know which method you wish to use when approaching your self-build project, but during conversations with your architect, the right method can be determined. Your architect will approach this decision which will…

  • Building plot

    An architect is the key to your plot.

    Realistically, you can do anything to a property but move it. For many finding the right building plot to build their dream home is the biggest hurdle. Here are a few points from an architect to aid your assessment. You are always welcome to call West Country Architect Peregrine Mears Architects. Our experienced, professional and…

  • Commercial to residential

    Commercial property to residential use

    Whatever the ‘new norm’ brings, it is clear that our town centres are changing. Nowhere is immune to the influence and impact of the trend for out-of-town retail and leisure developments, the growth of online shopping and the ubiquitous digital environment; Covid19 is leaving its scars too. So the key is often changing commercial property…

  • Budgeting

    Budgeting is the key to success

    An architect will managing your budgeting Enthusiasm and excitement will be strong, driving your project to build a new individual dream home. However, it is essential that this does not distract your focus and respect for your finances. A budgeting must be based on realistic costs, not guesses or comments from well-meaning friends. Construction costs…

  • North Devon architect

    “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”

    OK, we’ve borrowed those words from Benjamin Franklin, we don’t profess to be wordsmiths, able to craft relevant memorable quotes. But, as a North Devon architect we do recognise how important his words are. Too often we have been asked half-way through a project to help. This is never the best or most cost-effective way…

  • Class Q Permitted Development

    An Introduction to Class Q Permitted Development

    Development of a home in the countryside is for many a mere dream. For some it is a challenge; Class Q permitted development can make it a challenge which can be overcome, and those dreams realised. Class Q appeared in 2013 which, subject to compliance with various regulations allows some agricultural buildings to be used…