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  • Senior Architect | Vacancy

    A terrific opportunity is available for a talented Senior Architect to join an ambitious and expanding practice based in beautiful North Devon.  We can offer:  A salary in the region of £40-50k, dependant on experience and ability;   A relaxed working environment in a pleasant studio; Flexi-leave, so you can balance work with other commitments;  A parking…

  • 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…

  • Self-build architect Barnstaple

    Planning your self-build project

    A self-build architect in Barnstaple is invaluable when starting to plan your self-build project is exciting and perhaps daunting. Here are a few pointers but appointing an architect to your team will ensure you have the right advice through the design, planning and build stages of your development. A few initial considerations. 1 Clarify your thoughts. Your…

  • Garden building plot

    Is there treasure in your garden?

    Do you have a building plot? Finding the right individual building plot is rarely easy and never without challenges. However, sometimes an opportunity is right in front of you, in plain sight. Perhaps your present home is on a generous plot; is there potential to create your own building plot for your new home? “There’s…