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  • Class Q

    What Can We Do With This?

    Class Q. Some building development opportunities are easier to spot than others. Perhaps the conversion of this barn was not an obvious prospect, but Peregrine Mears Architects has just successfully obtained permission for the change of use to a dwelling. “When asked “What can we do with this? This really caught my imagination” explained architect…

  • Concept design

    Demolish and replace

    “Our clients’ words `demolish and replace`! Look at the site, not the existing property’ with an inspiring project brief are precisely why I chose to be an architect” says Max Pountney, Design Manager with Peregrine Mears Architects, as he passionately talks through one of his latest commissions, in fabulous Cornwall. Our clients presented us with…

  • RICS UK 2022 Awards | Proud that we’ve been shortlisted – twice!

    We’ve had exciting news as May arrives, having received notification from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors that Peregrine Mears Architects have been shortlisted in the RICS UK Awards 2022 in not one, but two categories, Public Sector Project & Community Benefit. Perry Mears explained “Our nominations are for the Riverside Community Centre in Bovey…

  • Another Class Q Barn Conversion Approved

    Barn Conversion Class Q Devon Rural architecture planning As active Devon Architects specialising in rural design, we’re delighted to share news of another successful Class Q application. The barn in question is a long, relatively narrow building, running on an east to west axis. That and the domestic scale of the building really lent it…

  • Barn Conversion

    Planning Approved for a new rural home

    One early success in 2022 is obtaining planning consent for the conversion of a redundant 19th century stone agricultural barn at East Marsh Farm North Molton to a residential dwelling. With 22 acres, set in the lovely Mole Valley, East Marsh Farm has an existing former granary that was converted to residential use in addition…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • RIBA House of The Year 2021

    RIBA 2021 House of the Year winner was rejected by planners.

    The RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) have announced the winner of the RIBA House of the Year 2021. House on the Hill near Lydney Gloucestershire has been crowned the best one-off house designed by an architect in the UK. Partnering Channel 4’s Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud, writer Michelle Ogundehin and architect Damion Burrows explored the…