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  • Planning Permission for house on the coast

    We’re pleased to get September off to a good start with a full planning permission for a new house on the coast, replacing an obsolete dwelling near the sea. The project will see a a dilapidated bungalow replaced by new and larger property which will perform much better in terms of energy use. Moreover, it…

  • Permission for Contemporary Suburban Villa

    We’re delighted to share news of another success with a new permission for contemporary suburban villa a fabulous self-build project for our clients. This simple yet striking dwelling is the result of a four year journey for our clients. Having looked for a plot without finding anything suitable, they realised the answer lay on their…

  • Planning permission for new rural home in Devon

    We are ending the week on a positive note having gained detailed planning permission for a super new rural home! The building, on an elevated site, will replace a dilapidated farmhouse and is a significant uplift in terms of size, quality and sustainability. Moreover it is in a different position than the building it replaces.…

  • Underground Architecture Solution For Rural Retreat

    Often the best ideas come from the simplest concepts. In this case we were presented with the challenge of creating a small number of bespoke accommodation units for an eco-tourism business with the brief that they should be set within the landscape to minimise visual impact. So the solution was to build into the hillside,…

  • Amanda Homes

    Making the site work! Ilfracombe

    A key part of our skills as Architects is making the most of a site, which was the challenge from our client Armada Homes SW Ltd. They asked us to look at the project afresh, in terms of design, site efficiencies and financial viability, whilst retaining focus on the homes to be created, ensuing that…

  • Home Improvement

    7 ways to improve your home

    Home improvements – fabulous projects “An Englishman’s home is his / her castle”, a centuries old adage, capturing how we view our homes. We strive to join the housing ladder. Our family situations and needs change, as do styles and fashions.  As architects we are often asked by clients to help with home improvements and…

  • Treehouse

    Devon quality eco staycation project

    Recent research by Barclays Mortgages has revealed that the south west is the clear winner when people were asked where they wanted to live, with most wishing to move from London and the midlands. In truth, to those already living in the west country this comes as no surprise. The natural beauty of the Devon…

  • Barnstaple Architect

    Barnstaple architect inspired by the garden

    It was clear that our clients loved the location of this project. They’d happily lived in the ‘big house’ since 1976 and decided to move but not too far, in fact just across the garden. And this is no ordinary garden, it’s the result of over 40 years of toil and hard work by John…

  • Homebuilding & Renovating

    The Ark featured in ‘Homebuilding & Renovating’

    “We have real passion for our clients’ projects; all of them. We invest ourselves fully and love to see the fruits of everyone’s efforts and the realisation of our clients dream, non-more so than with The Ark Ashford Near Barnstaple North Devon for our clients David & Penny Clapp” said Perry Mears of Peregrine Mears…