VESP architects achieve planning permission for striking replacement dwelling on South Devon coastline

Our clients sought our expertise in crafting a home that harmonized with the rugged beauty of their site: sharp cliffs, undulating hills, and dense woods nestled along the South Devon coastline. As enthusiasts of handmade furniture, they envisioned Erme House embodying principles of tactility, sustainability, and craftsmanship. The residence comprises four distinct elements: a Carport, […]
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VESP architects complete new build house at Moore Farm

VESP architects have completed the new build house at Moore farm in the summer of 2023. Working with the same contractor and project manager as the hugely successful Higher Dorsley, there are some notable similarities to the aesthetic and detailing. The new house is a contemporary take on the traditional Devon farmhouse cluster. Comfortably settled […]
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Planning permission achieved for slate-wrapped house extension to character property on the Cornish Coast.

VESP architects have received planning permission for a significant addition to the characterful detached property Glensilva. Located on the coastline near Falmouth, Cornwall, this large house is in the process of being lovingly restored and updated by the owners. However, the kitchen facilities were small and located at the rear of the house, with little […]
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New project completed: Whole house refurbishment at Apple Trees

Apple Trees is a major house refurbishment in South Devon. VESP architects were asked to remodel the existing 4 bedroom house to improve functionality and create a beautiful exterior and interior. The photo below was taken at the start of the project in 2019. The new configuration provides a new entrance hall with a self-sufficient, […]
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VESP win Best Interior in the Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2023

VESP Architects have won Best Interior in the Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2023 with our Class Q barn conversion Higher Dorsley! Upon entering the house, you emerge in the double-height kitchen and living space. Here the light pours into the room through the large glazed wall. The white walls and ceilings, together with the herringbone […]
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New photoshoot at Labrador Bay

VESP architects‘ house at Labrador Bay has been photographed again this summer to make the most of the fantastic natural woodland and cliff-top setting. The talented people at Panoptic Motion have taken some beautiful new shots and we’re excited to share them with you. Here are a few of our favourites, but for more, please […]
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VESP Architects receive planning permission for redevelopment of historic Devon farmstead.

VESP Architects is delighted to announce that planning consent has been successfully secured for a fundamental redevelopment of an historic farmstead in the heart of the Devon Countryside. Our clients approached us to create a design that will breathe new life into the dilapidated farm. Although the existing farmhouse and surrounding barns are largely beyond […]
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Our Class Q barn conversion has been shortlisted for the Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2023

We are excited to announce that our project Higher Dorsey has been shortlisted for the Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2023. Please vote for our entry @ no. 10 here !  Thank you. Higher Dorsley is a Class Q barn conversion, situated in the beautiful South Hams countryside.   Our clients asked us to convert the […]
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VESP Architects receive planning permission for extension to Dartmoor house

Nestled within Dartmoor National Park, Bridge Park is a house that marries old and new through thoughtful expansion and modernization. VESP architects secured planning permission for a small but important addition to this detached house. The addition, alongside interior alterations, creates a spacious, legible modern home that now has good connection with its garden spaces […]
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Win a VESP designed house!

You can now win a VESP designed house. Our Bottor Cottage project is currently featured as The Devon House in the Million Pound House Draw by Omaze UK. Our clients bought this dilapidated cottage at auction. The cottage had previously been unsympathetically extended and had fallen into complete disrepair. We refurbished the Georgian property and […]
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VESP architects gain planning permission to turn large courtyard barn into beautiful new home in North Devon countryside.

VESP architects have designed the complete refurbishment and extension of a group of barns in the North Devon countryside to create a new large family home. The owners found and purchased the plot in 2021, with previous permission to convert the smallest of the barns into a two bed property. The clients wanted to go […]
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New extension to Georgian house nearing completion

We are excited to announce that our new extension to an impressive Georgian farmhouse, just outside Ashburton in South Devon will be completed soon. Our design for a glass and oak extension, which replaces and old lean-to, will give the client an open plan kitchen and day room. The extension is entered from the dining […]
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Green oak framed extension to Totnes bungalow has just been completed.

We are excited that our green oak framed extension to a 1950s bungalow near Totnes has just been completed. Here is a sneak preview of this lovely project. We will be back for the professional photoshoot later this year when the landscaping has been completed. The new extension provides the clients with a generous open […]
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VESP Architects win two Gold Awards at the Building Excellence Awards 2023.

We were nominated at the Building Excellence Awards 2023 for two awards, organized by Devon Building Control ( DBC ) . The awards recognize excellent practice across a complete range of building projects. The nominations are assessed on a number of considerations, including compliance, quality, willingness to discuss challenges, accessibility, energy conservation and sustainability. We […]
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Watch Our Time Lapse Video of The Construction of Labrador Bay House

Below is a time-lapse video of the construction of VESP architects’ recently completed Labrador Bay House. It’s a great insight into the work that went into creating this spectacular new home on the cliff tops of South Devon. The house was designed to nestle into the landscape; From the entrance it is experienced as a […]
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VESP architects join Moor Trees for a day of Tree Planting

At VESP Architects, we are committed to promoting sustainable practices and reducing our impact on the environment. As part of this commitment, we recently participated in a day planting trees with Moor Trees at Coombeshead Rewilding. Moor Trees is a charity dedicated to restoring native woodland on Dartmoor and South Devon. Our location, Coombeshead Rewilding, […]
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VESP architects receive planning permission for riverside home.

VESP Architects have received planning permission for River House, near Exeter in Devon. The proposals for River House were taken on an extensive and complex planning journey, including consultation with flood engineers, Natural England and the Environment Agency. The site sits immediately adjacent to a fluctuating river environment and SSSI, with sections of the plot […]
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VESP architects win ‘best residential and small commercial designer’ 2022

VESP architects have won ‘best residential and small commercial designer’ in the regional DBC building excellence awards 2022, and represented the South West at the national awards ceremony in London. This was in recognition of the high standards in our completed buildings and our excellent working relationship with building control. Click here to see how […]
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van Ellen + Sheryn are now VESP architects

VESP is the exciting new face of van Ellen + Sheryn architects. Since 2006, we have established ourselves as one of the leading RIBA Chartered Architects in Devon and the South West. Our rebranding recognises the growth of the company and the team of architects and designers in our studio. Whilst VESP (van Ellen, Sheryn, Phillips) […]
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Van Ellen + Sheryn receive planning permission for refurbishment and extension to character farmhouse in South Hams, Devon.

Van Ellen + Sheryn have recently received planning permission for a modern extension to a farmhouse in the South Hams, Devon. The existing house was in state of disrepair, and the internal configuration was not suitable for modern day family living. Our scheme proposes to add a dining room in the form of a new […]
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Planning permission achieved for an extension to an old Welsh Farmhouse

Van Ellen + Sheryn have gained planning permission to refurbish and extend a century-old Welsh farmhouse, situated in a beautiful valley in south Wales. Gilfach Goch, meaning ‘Welsh Red Creek’, has been in our clients’ family for over a century.  Unfortunately the farmhouse has fallen into disrepair. Our proposals look to refurbish and extend the […]
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New Photos from Court 6, Plymouth

Having recently completed the external landscaping, new photos have been taken at Court 6 in Plymouth. The house has an ‘upside-down’ arrangement, with kitchen, dining, living and the master bedroom at first floor to maximise views and light. Bedrooms, gym, home office and TV room are all located at ground floor in a u-shaped arrangement […]
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New Photos from Beechwood, Salcombe

We have new photos to share of Beechwood, a 6 bedroom property sits on the wooded hillside above Salcombe’s South Sands Beach, courtesy of Harriet George Properties. Designed by van Ellen + Sheryn and constructed by Goulden and Sons, the house was completed in 2019. The house has settled in well over the last few years; […]
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New clifftop house in Devon : Site progress update

van Ellen + Sheryn’s design for a new clifftop house in Shaldon, Devon is on-site and half way through the build process with contractors and project managers Goulden and Sons. The concrete walls of the subterranean ground floor were completed late last year, and since then the complex steel framed walls and roof have been […]
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Time-lapse video of oak frame erection at North Farm, Devon.

A short progress video this morning from one of our sites;   North Farm is a Grade-II listed, working farmhouse in mid-Devon, where we gained permission for two large extensions, increasing the footprint by 45%. The permission provides our clients with contemporary entry spaces, kitchen/dining, and a generous home office. The timelapse video (courtesy of […]
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van Ellen + Sheryn win Best Residential Designer in the Devon Building Control Awards 2022

van Ellen + Sheryn were nominated as ‘Best Residential and Small Commercial Designer 2022’ at this years Devon Building Control awards. We work closely with Devon Building Control for many of our projects, using their wealth of knowledge during design development, and collaborating with them and contractors on-site to ensure the highest quality of builds are […]
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Progress on site update – April 2022

Two new dwellings currently on-site are making good progress. A class-Q barn conversion is nearing completion in the South Hams. A simple palette of granite, larch and metal roofing are contemporary references to the agricultural heritage of the site. Internally, the robust timber structure is expressed, and finer architectural joinery acts as a counterpoint. A […]
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Best Of Houzz 2022

VAN ELLEN + SHERYN : Awarded Best of Houzz 2022 : People’s choice award highlights top home professionals among the Houzz community, based on quality service and most popular designs 27th January, 2022 – van Ellen + Sheryn architects of Ashburton, Devon has won a “Best of Houzz” award for Design and Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation […]
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Barn Conversion in North Cornwall Completed 2021

Located near the north Cornish coast, the barn had been converted in the 1990’s, and required major work to increase and improve its accommodation, and bring it into the 21st century. The design focused around providing a new open-plan kitchen, dining and living room at first floor, that could look out over the valley beyond. […]
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van Ellen + Sheryn win LABC award for Best Residential Conversion or Alteration to an Existing Barn

We are excited to announce that our project Leign Farm Barns scooped the 2021 LABC South West Building Excellence Award for Best Residential Conversion or Alteration to an Existing Barn. The conversion of these two stone heritage barns, dating back to the 16th century, was part of the refurbishment of the farmstead Leign Farm on Dartmoor. […]
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Planning Permission achieved for house refurbishment and extension in Kent.

Van Ellen + Sheryn have recently received permission for a contemporary Timber framed extension, and new dormer windows to a house in the Kent Downs National Park.    Located in the protected Green Belt, we were able to negotiate a beautiful scheme for our clients, whilst carefully navigating a notoriously tricky planning authority. This scheme provides […]
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Planning Permission achieved for large home refurbishment with annex and pool house in Dorset

Van Ellen + Sheryn have gained planning permission to refurbish and extend a large property outside Lyme Regis, Dorset.  The house is an arts and crafts style detached property with sprawling gardens, overlooking the Char valley. The proposals looked to replace an existing linking extension between the two main wings of the house, with a […]
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New contemporary farmhouse in South Devon receives planning permission

Van Ellen + Sheryn have received Planning Permission for a distinctive new contemporary farmhouse near Totnes in South Devon. Our client approached us having been previously unsuccessful in their attempt to achieve a ‘Class Q’ conversion for an existing barn on the site. Van Ellen + Sheryn were appointed to realise the client’s ambition of […]
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Bottor Cottage, four years on.

Bottor cottage is a Georgian house and gardens located in the Dartmoor national park. Van Ellen + Sheryn completely renovated, modernised, and extended the home in 2017. Since then the gardens have been designed and re-landscaped by Alice Blount Designs, and we felt it was a great opportunity for a revisit. The design uses a […]
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Meet the team at van Ellen + Sheryn

Van Ellen + Sheryn spent an enjoyable day at Bottor Cottage, to get some new team photos done for our website.  We are now a team of 9 architects and designers. We are all very different, one of us can wiggle their ears and moonwalk simultaneously, one of us loves pink ‘n whites mallow wafers, […]
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Van Ellen + Sheryn’s extension to Roseland Cottage featured in Selfbuilder & Homemaker magazine this month

  Van Ellen + Sheryn designed a modern floor-to-ceiling glass extension to Roseland Cottage, a beautiful 200 year old Cornish cottage. The old cottage provides the clients with cosy intimate living accommodation while the contrasting modern extension allows them to enjoy views over the garden and the countryside, from their light filled living room. Selfbuilder […]
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Planning permission for the extension of an old Devon mill house.

Van Ellen + Sheryn have received planning permission for the refurbishment and extension of an old mill house in Devon. The proposals are the result of a meticulous and sensitive design process that have considered the value of both the built and natural environment that currently exists at this mill house. The scheme  brings the house and […]
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Construction update from our Devon clifftop house.

Van Ellen + Sheryn are delighted to be working on this project. We are sure we share this joy with the contractor, as it can’t be every day they work on a site with views like this. Word must have gone around though, as even the cruise liners now sail past to have a look. […]
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van Ellen + Sheryn win Best of Houzz 2021 award in design

We are delighted to announce that for the seventh year in a row van Ellen + Sheryn Architects were voted as a winner of the Best of Houzz 2021 UK- Devon award in Design. Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation and design. Van Ellen + Sheryn was chosen by the millions of homeowners […]
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van Ellen + Sheryn achieve planning permission for the extension and refurbishment of a house with new pool in Croyde, North Devon.

North Devon Council has granted planning permission for the extension and remodelling of this 7 bedroom house within walking distance of the great surfing beach in Croyde. This contemporary house was converted from two dwellings into one large house in 2015 and benefits from beautiful sea views from the 1st and 2nd floor bedrooms. Our […]
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Devon clifftop house by Van Ellen + Sheryn architects commences on site.

Our design for a new build clifftop house in Shaldon, south Devon has commenced construction this January. The dramatic three-bed dwelling received planning permission in August 2020. It replaces a large existing house on the plot, and the new design was well received by the local planning authority. The house is located on a steep […]
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Planning permission achieved for extension and renovation of large home on the Dorset coast

Van Ellen + Sheryn’s scheme for a complete house refurbishment and extension to a victorian house on the Dorset coast has gained planning permission. The proposals include an elegant glass and Portland stone extension in the garden, wholesale internal alterations, and a large loft-extension and contemporary dormer at second floor. The existing house suffered from […]
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van Ellen + Sheryn win the Build It award 2020 for Best ICF Home.

The Build It awards 2020 judging panel decided that van Ellen + Sheryn were the deserved winners in the Best ICF Home category with their project Beechwood. The house was constructed by Goulden and Sons Ltd using NuDura insulated concrete formwork ICF, by The Fell Partnership. The design of Beechwood is a perfect example of how […]
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Van Ellen Sheryn nominated in the 2020 Build It Awards: Please Vote For Us.

We have the very exciting news of being nominated for this years Build It awards, in the ‘Best Architect for a renovation or extension’ category. Please vote for us here: https://www.self-build.co.uk/vote-now-best-architect-or-designer-for-a-renovation-or-extension-project-build-it-awards-2020/. Voting closes on 12th November 2020. This nomination is for the renovation and extension of a historic Georgian property in the Dartmoor National Park. […]
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Exciting up-and-coming projects

Whilst this year has presented some obvious challenges, we have also been very busy working on a number of exciting new projects. Some are in the early stages of design development, whilst others have received planning earlier this year and are beginning to commence on site. Below are a few snap-shots of the new-build houses, […]
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Planning permission achieved for large extension to listed house in South Devon

We have recently received planning and listed building permission for the refurbishment and extension of a house on the Harbourne river in South Devon. The thatched property, pictured below, lacked any real connection with its stunning garden setting and meadow flood-plain. The bedroom provision was also lacking. Below: Existing Ground Floor Plan Below: Existing First […]
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van Ellen + Sheryn Architect’s cottage extension appears in Cornwall Life magazine, May 2020

Our recently completed extension to a Cornish cottage has been featured in May’s edition of Cornwall Life www.cornwallife.co.uk  ‘An old cottage on the Roseland peninsula has been given a distinctly modern twist with a floor to ceiling glass extension that manages to contrast – and compliment – the existing historic house.’ The clients appointed van Ellen […]
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Revisited: Garden extension and refurbishment of Torquay Villa

van Ellen + Sheryn  have completed the extension and refurbishment of a mid century villa in Torquay, Devon. The house required re-configuring internally and an improved connection to the garden. A new large family day room with kitchen and dining space has been provided at the back of the house, overlooking an outside eating area […]
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Revisited: Van Ellen + Sheryn’s red brick extension to Georgian house featured in Build It Magazine.

Van Ellen + Sheryn’s red brick extension to a Georgian house in South Devon featured in Build It Magazine. We have taken extracts from the article below; When Howard Horsman retired from his job overseas in the oil industry, he and Denise (his wife) had the pick of the country in choosing where to live. […]
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Revisited: New build home in Homebuilding and Renovating magazine

We have the main feature article in this month’s Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine. Richfield House is a four bedroom house, built on a brown field site in the centre of Totnes. Simeon Rich, owner of Darich Construction, approached van Ellen + Sheryn to design a new home for his family. The project was completed in 2014. […]
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