West Down, Devon Architects and Building Designers

West Down, Devon Architects are masters of building design and can make your dream house a reality. Perhaps you would like to find West Down, Devon architects to help you extend the kitchen and install bifold doors opening out onto a newly landscaped garden? Maybe the challenge is a loft conversion but you’re not sure how to make the most of the limited space up there? You might even wish to hire architects in West Down, Devon to help you build your own house from the ground up. Architects can help you to get a clearer idea of what is possible, both in terms of the land you own and the budget you have. They have extensive knowledge of architectural design, construction methods and building materials, not to mention a strong appreciation of ergonomics – warmth, light and flow within a property. Architects will also be far more capable of seeing the bigger picture – carefully balancing aesthetic appeal with structural safety – and navigating all those little steps from concept through to completion. And with their local knowledge, your West Down, Devon architects will also often help to obtain planning permission and building regulations approval. More
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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
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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...
  • 01395 202026
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
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
Trewin Design Architects are multi-award winning Devon Architects with a fast growing regional reputation for the... Read More
  • 01409 253013
  • Holsworthy EX22 6DR, Devon
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
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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  • 01271 850488
  • Barnstaple EX314JS, Devon
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Small architecture practice that designs beautiful buildings with a modernist’s eye and and an environmentalist’s...
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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
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  • Bideford Ex395he, Devon
The practice was founded in North Devon by Jonathan in 1986. John Alexander joined the practice in 2000. The... Read More
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  • Barnstaple EX31 4JU, Devon
We are an RIBA chartered architectural practice based in Devon. With studios near Exeter and in Plymouth our work... Read More
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  • Exeter EX17 4ED, Devon
Having worked for over 30 years within the industry for several highly esteemed practices I am now embarking on... Read More
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  • Beaworthy EX21 5QY, Devon
Metters and Wellby Ltd are an award winning architects firm based in the beautiful North Cornwall coastal town of... Read More
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  • Bude EX23 8BH, Cornwall
We are an Architect’s Practice based in Bridgend Town Centre and offer bespoke building design and management... Read More
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  • Cardiff CF31 1BN, South Glamorgan
Benjamin is Architecture B and he gives each and every project his very best care, attention and expertise from... Read More
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  • Bude EX23 9PL, Cornwall
Fearnley Lott Architects was established in 2011, born from a previous partnership set up in1979, with David Lott... Read More
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  • Bideford, Devon ex39 5jn, Devon
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Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in West Down, Devon
JB Architects
Architects and Building Designers in West Down, 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 West Down, 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
Trewin Design Architects
Architects and Building Designers in West Down, 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
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Architects and Building Designers in West Down, 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
Lawrence Duck Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in West Down, 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
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How do I choose the right West Down, 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 West Down, 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 West Down 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 West Down, 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 West Down, 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 West Down, 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 West Down, 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 West Down, 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 West Down, 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 West Down, Devon?


  • How long have you been an architect in West Down, Devon? Are you part of ARB and RIBA? Are you part of any other associations of architectural design in West Down, 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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