We offer a wide range of architectural services and can help you with any phase of your project. We can liase with project managers or manage the entire process on your behalf, ensuring peace of mind from start to finish.

Initial Appraisals

At the commencement of each project we typically offer an initial feasibility service. This is a preliminary design exercise which is undertaken within a pre-agreed timescale. We brainstorm design ideas, test your brief and provide you with a sketch proposal. This initial design exercise should allow you to decide if you wish to proceed towards a planning or listed building application, if one is required.

The team at VE & S were wonderful. They delivered our dreams into a reality mixing Grade 2* with modern lines. Highly recommend. Come and see for yourself.

Andrew Walwyn, Kingsbridge

Construction Drawings

We are able provide a thorough and complete set of construction drawings along with a written NBS specification for your project. These drawings address each and every component of the project from damp proof course to door handle. Throughout this work stage, we present and gain your approval for all components and finishes. We will also coordinate all information provided by other consultants ( e.g. structural drawings ). This pack of information is used to obtain an accurate tender price from contractors as well as Building Regulations Approval.

van Ellen + Sheryn had real vision and gave us some fantastic ideas for our property in Dartmoor as to how to make the space really special. We are delighted with our new loft and can’t thank them enough.

Dr. and Mrs. S. Rex Bucks

Tender Preparation

We can recommend suitable contractors for your project from our approved list. We can manage a competitive tender process on your behalf, assess the tenders and make an independent recommendation for your approval. We can also advise upon the procurement route and contract most appropriate for your project.

You don’t think you need an architect until you hit problems (especially awkward planners) then the experience, insight and professionalism of van Ellen and Sheryn is priceless.

Ian Buswell, Cirencester

Planning application

Once the design principles have been agreed and a projected construction cost has been approved by you, we will be able to submit a planning application on your behalf, to a pre-agreed, fixed fee. We pride ourselves in the quality and rigour exercised in the production of our drawings and supporting documents. We will advise you in advance if any other further reports or surveys are required from other consultants, to satisfy the local authority validation criteria.

van Ellen + Sheryn provided us with expert professional services as we undertook our first build project. It was a steep learning curve but Eilir and Freddie helped us through design (keeping to our brief), planning (negotiating with Dartmoor National Park), choosing a builder, drawing up contracts and advice during the build itself. We couldn’t have done it without them and we felt their combined experience locally made a huge difference to the project’s success. Thank you very much!

Dr. and Mrs. N Cartmell, Devon


Our fee structure varies for each project and is devised to suit your specific brief and requirements. We will not force services upon you that we do not think you need, neither will you be required to ‘sign up’ to future services that you do not wish to commit to. Our proposed fees are aligned to each ‘Work Stage’ as defined by the RIBA Plan of Work 2013. We try to make our fees transparent and easy to comprehend from start to finish.

Thank you so much for your input into my project. I cannot recommend you highly enough in terms of design, time keeping and efficiency. With best wishes

Ruth Bill, Yelverton


We offer a free half hour consultation with prospective clients within our Ashburton Office. We will discuss the particulars of your project, offering advice regarding planning, generic budgets, programme and architectural approach. We can also provide you with an indication of our fees. For a consultation at your property we make a nominal charge of £100 + VAT to cover our costs. This fee is refunded however if we are subsequently appointed as architects for your project.

When we started, we weren’t even sure what it was we wanted and it wasn’t until about the ‘Mark VII’ version that we finally felt brave enough to give the go ahead. During this ‘design gestation’ we felt embarrassed at our lack of direction but our indecision was met with patience and guidance until the final layout was agreed…everything was handled with smooth professionalism including the planning process with Dartmoor National Park.

David Holyoak, Buckfast