Tawstock, Devon Architects and Building Designers

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Private Architecture & Design Practice - Established 2011 and based in Devon EX39 with projects throughout the... Read More
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  • Bideford EX39 1BJ, Devon
Devon's Full Service Architectural Interior Design Firm
We are award winning Architects and Interior Designers based in Ashburton in Devon. We offer a friendly and...
  • 01364 700521
Award-winning UK Architects based in Bude, North Cornwall designing and developing homes in Cornwall, Devon and... Read More
  • 01288 355557
  • Bude EX23 8LT, Cornwall
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South West England's Innovative Architectural Practice | RIBA
In Ex Design specialise in all areas of architecture and interior design from concept to completion. With their...
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BARC are a vibrant architect’s practice who specialise in the design and delivery of high quality contemporary... Read More
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  • Exeter EX4 6AP, Devon
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Innovative Architectural Design For Distinguished Devonshire Homes
We are a young, dynamic team of architects delivering fresh, innovative design solutions for both classical and...
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Trewin Design Architects are multi-award winning Devon Architects with a fast growing regional reputation for the... Read More
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  • Holsworthy EX22 6DR, Devon
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Chartered Architectural Practice Taking Innovative Approach | Cornwall
We use both our extensive experience and expertise in the field of architecture, combined with the latest home...
  • 01727 260428
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  • Winkleigh EX19 8AD, Devon
Living Space Architects is an award-winning chartered RIBA practice based in Exeter, Devon. Established in 2004... Read More
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  • Exeter EX1 1PJ, Devon
I undertake a wide range of projects including new contemporary dwellings, extensions and conversions, frequently... Read More
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  • Exeter EX6 6HN, Devon
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  • Barnstaple EX314JS, Devon
My name is Lawrence Duck, your local RIBA chartered architect with a growing portfolio of architectural projects... Read More
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  • Exeter EX37 9TT, Devon
Phoenix Architecture is a small architecture practice in Honiton near Exeter, that cares about sustainability and... Read More
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  • Exeter EX4 1LQ, Devon
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  • Bideford Ex395he, Devon
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  • Exeter EX1 1PJ, Devon
Hilton Barnfield Architects is a local architecture practice delivering a highly unique, creative and... Read More
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Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Tawstock, Devon
JB Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Tawstock, Devon
"James designed and oversaw a major four-unit residentail conversion for the rental market in Central London. This involved significant planning and listed buiding issues and he negotiated a potentially sensitive and difficult design process with aplomb. His interaction with the various contractors was also spot on. The resulting apartments have attracted very strong rents which is testament to their design and the finish quality which James was able to help provide."
- henrylb
The Bazeley Partnership
Architects and Building Designers in Tawstock, Devon
"Bazeley's eye for detail is faultless. They seem to have a knack of transforming spaces into real design pieces, and this has been recognised by the numerous awards they have received over the years. They have also recently signed up to the Architect in the House scheme - http://www.architectinthehouse.org.uk/ - which supports the Shelter charity for the homeless, showing their dedication not only to their immediate work, but also to the wider community."
- Coastal Group
Barc Architects Ltd
Architects and Building Designers in Tawstock, Devon
"Excellent dialogue between client and architect throughout the project. Always attempting to incorporate client's ideas into the design. Constant follow up throughout the project and excellent dialogue with builders and other craftsmen involved in the project."
- janeburton52
Trewin Design Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Tawstock, Devon
"Trewin Design can provide the complete service from 3D design imagery through to technical compliance packs including all your SAP calculations. The practice carries out single bespoke builds through to residential estate design and they know where to bring in those contemporary designs and when to blend in with local architecture. Having just commenced our 44 plot contemporary scheme in North Devon with Trewin Design on board we cant wait to see their designs become reality."
- Pearce Homes
Building Conservation Services
Architects and Building Designers in Tawstock, Devon
"We needed an extension annexe for my daughter & husband to blend in with the original late 18th century farm building. An added problem was the steep slope of the ground and limited space. Sam came up with a superb design that so perfectly matched the old building that the new extension looks like it was part of the original building, while the interior is bright and modern. Highly delighted. Helen Hollick Chittlehamholt"
- Helen Hollick
Living Space Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Tawstock, Devon
"Our restoration project evolved into a very special experience for all the team involved. Kirsty Curnow Bailey was recommended to us by a local buildings surveyor and we arranged an initial 2 hour meeting. The 'cost' to us was a donation to Kirsty's favourite charity. We gelled almost immediately and the journey began. We were involved at every part of the design stage and our ideas were blended with Kirsty's practicality and imagination. She lead the negotiations with the National Park planners and the conservation officer with great professionalism. She introduced us to two building companies and we were pleased to award the job to RM Builders in Tavistock. I year later the works began. The restoration took 16 months and involved a complete reroofing , new external lime render, major lath and plaster internal restoration and a full replumb and rewire. Kirsty was ever-present and chaired site meetings every 2 weeks. The budget was observed closely and contingency added at 2 different stages. Underground drainage works were a major additional cost and could not have been fully predicted at the outset. The build quality was exactly as requested and Kirsty was adamant that the planned standards were fully met. Discoveries on the way included a 1500 carved granite fireplace in the main room, finding a 3rd staircase inside a 5 foot rubble wall and opening up the blocked cross passage in the centre of the house. The oldest timbers exposed during the works date back to the 1300's! Kirsty was pivotal in returning our home to its current condition, blending very old with contemporary and very modern. We are delighted with the result and we would recommend Living Space Architects to any prospective clients. Everything now works 100%, the building breathes again and will be on track for the next 100yrs for sure. Thanks Kirsty Geoff and Sue"
- Sue and Geoff Edwards
Annie Martin Architect
Architects and Building Designers in Tawstock, Devon
"We bought a plain, dated, house in Chagford in 2014, with the intention of carrying out major alterations to fully exploit the great situation and outlook, and to create a light-filled energy efficient contemporary home. Although I have a long background in building and design, we decided that we wanted to work with a younger architect who could bring current expertise in planning, design, and technical advice. From a short list of three, we appointed Annie Martin, mainly because of her proven design skills and experience in dealing with planning within the National Park, but also because of her grasp of our brief ; we felt that we could work well together. Annie took on the initial design concepts, the planning and building regulation applications, and bringing in the specialist advice on structural and energy issues, on time and budget; this allowed us to complete the virtual rebuild of the house in a five month period. She is very well informed on technical matters and understands the practicalities of the building process - with an unusual talent for freehand sketch details about how things go together. We are now enjoying living in a very special home, much admired, and Annie's work was central to achieving this. We have no hesitation in recommending Annie ; if we ever decide to do another project, we would seek her involvement from the outset. Martin Procter"
- martinprocter42
Lawrence Duck Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Tawstock, Devon
"I had a great result from working with Lawrence on my basement flat extension and outhouse building project. Lawrence understood the brief fully and undertook detailed plans that were clear and representative. The whole experience was very collaborative, especially on the design and planning process. Lawrence handled all of the planning application and saved me a lot of time and worry about this. The result is a highly attractive, modern, yet complimentary extension and outhouse and I could not recommend him more."
- Theo
Phoenix Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Tawstock, Devon
"Our starting point was deciding we needed to re-build our 1950’s single skin, add-on extension. ( The kitchen was colder than in the fridge in winter!) It also needed to sit well with our old cob house. Phil was great as he helped us remodel both our design ideas, as well as our new extension. Phil guided us through a process that we had already done a lot of thinking about. He set us tasks to consider our design, sketching ideas, looking at materials and finishes. As a result, we covered a wall with images, drawings and colours. He then took the ideas we had, developed, improved and enhanced them…definitely a more elegant solution! Phil had the ability to find answers to problems that actually added to the design, e.g., our glazed end truss and the window tray enabling a higher ceiling height. He was also great fun to work with. He helpfully answered streams of questions from first time self-builders (that must sometimes have been blindingly obvious to him), with patience, helpful diagrams and many cups of tea! Working with an architect is a partnership, one where listening and understanding is key for both parties. Our advice…pick an architect you can relate too and enjoy working with. They will probably provide solutions that challenge your thinking, but more importantly for us, build on, and improve your own ideas."
- Chris Blasdale
Tom Spriggs Architect Ltd
Architects and Building Designers in Tawstock, Devon
"Before I met tom I wasn't entirely sure what an architect did, and whether we needed one for our renovation project. I'm so glad that we had Toms help and the result we've got is fantastic. Tom spotted ways in which we could use space that I had not realised before, and came up with many ideas which challenged what I had originally planned. We've now got a kitchen which is light and a pleasure to be in, a hallway that is airy and actually works, and an upstairs which feels much bigger than it did before by making only small changes to where doors and walls were. Chatting things through with him he is clearly passionate about design and making buildings attractive but practical. His suggestions were always pragmatic, sensible and he found several ways for us to save money by making cost effective tweaks to the design. He has some great local knowledge. Our builder liked him and tom always made himself available for him to ask last minute questions. In short, I would highly recommend Tom. We have recommended him to several of our friends who have been very happy with his work too. Now we have a new project we consider ourselves very lucky to be able to get him back for another job!"
- dougywatts
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How do I choose the right Tawstock, Devon architect?

Begin by determining the type of architectural service you require. Is it merely advice that you need? Or a detailed set of architectural design plans? Are you hoping to add a single-storey extension or are you really looking for someone to design you a custom home and handle construction management right through to completion? One of the most important duties of full service architects in Tawstock, Devon is to serve as project managers and supervise most aspects of construction as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors.

Architecture is an incredibly technical profession and one where getting things wrong can literally put lives at risk, so do background checks on your Tawstock architect. Check they are registered with architecture associations such as the Architect’s Registration Board (ARB) and The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Being part of an architecture association means that an architect or architecture firm has met certain standards, qualifications and practices, and can be held accountable if they don’t meet these standards. It’s advisable to choose architects that specialise in the kind of project that you are undertaking as their existing experience will shine through in the completed design. Look for an architect in Tawstock, Devon that can provide references and reviews of their previous work.

Once you have determined the service level you need, your next consideration will be architectural style. Some architects specialise in designing for traditional housing such as period cottages and country homes, or even in designing modern replicas in a period style. Others have a knack for imagining bolder, more futuristic architectural design in Tawstock, Devon incorporating the latest green technology. Check their Houzz profile and website for examples of previous work. Early on, try to gauge availability – there’s no point in choosing an architect that’s going to be booked for months if you have a tight deadline. Some architects are happy to do all their work online or over the phone with you, but if you’d prefer to work with an architect in person then check that your chosen architects in Tawstock, Devon will travel to you.

What is the process to hire an architect?

At the first meeting, preferably at your property or building site, give as clear a picture as possible of the kind of home you are trying to create to your architects. Chat through your goals, projected budget, scope of work, schedule and feedback, together with any very specific requirements you might have. It is crucial that your architects are clear about their responsibilities and that these are documented in the contract. Ask them to walk you through the process, including the number of architectural design consultations, site visits and what they will be delivering and when, e.g. feasibility study, a technical drawing, tender package and/or planning application drawings. They could illustrate this using a previous client’s project. Also, what does the architect need from you? Deeds, rights of way, deposit, staged payments etc. Once you have covered all this detail, you are ready to make your choice and get started. The architecture company in Tawstock, Devon that you hire will likely start with concept drawings and finish with construction drawings and documents. Some firms even design with 3D renderings, CAD and videos, but this is by no means essential.

What makes a good architect?

You are looking for architects in Tawstock, Devon that have the right balance of creative flair, technical nous, practicality and impeccable service to see you through. Get a sense of whether they are a good listener, collaborator and problem solver. Checking their references will also be invaluable at this stage so look at their Houzz profile for past customer reviews. Ask to speak to previous clients, particularly regarding their responsiveness and ability to work creatively around a budget.

How much does hiring an architect cost?

There is no set payment structure for an architect. Some Tawstock, Devon architects will charge an hourly rate, others base their fees on a percentage of the total construction cost or propose a fixed fee (payable in instalments) for projects such as house extensions or a complete home design. You may wish to pay in stages to safeguard against any possible dissatisfaction with the quality of service. Make sure the total figure and payment schedule is agreed as part of your contract, particularly if you are trying to accurately estimate the cost of building a house.

What are the important questions to ask architects in Tawstock, Devon?

  • How long have you been an architect in Tawstock, Devon? Are you part of ARB and RIBA? Are you part of any other associations of architectural design in Tawstock, Devon?
  • How would you improve my current property and what do you think is the best use of my available budget?
  • Please can you tell me about similar projects you have undertaken and why you are the right person for the job?
  • What will be some of the main challenges?
  • Do you have experience of managing the construction phase?
  • Will you be the lead architect on this project?
  • Can you give me an overview of this project and tell me who will be doing what?
  • How long will the project take?
  • What will you charge, and will that be based on an hourly rate, a percentage of the project cost, or a fixed fee?
  • Can you recommend builders and contractors in my area?
  • Is there other expenditure that I might have missed and and how can I sensibly cut those costs?
  • What happens if there is a dispute? How would you resolve it?
  • Do you have professional indemnity insurance?
  • How often will you be updating me on progress, either face to face or on the phone?

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