Client Reviews.

A friendly and professional practice – a pleasure to work with. Impressive timber frame design knowledge and excellent communication made this project an absolute joy – we hope to work with you again soon.

Carpenter Oak Ltd

My husband and I are in the process of turning a damp-infested. nastily converted barn from the 1980’s into what we hope will be a beautiful, architecturally interesting base in cornwall. We are ambitious for it but like most people, don’t have an endless pot of money. We are also completely new to anything like this. We’ve never even used an architect before. We met many, most of whom were based closer but it was perfectly obvious to both of us that Eilir and his team were the ones we wanted to use despite their practice being Devon, not Cornwall based. Logistically it’s not as sensible but in every other respect they far outclassed everyone else we met. We loved their work and felt our aesthetic was similar. Plus we felt we’d get on as people. And be able to lean on them when things got stressful as they inevitably will do!

We are yet to begin the build but have done the design and got planning approval, undoubtedly thanks to Van Ellen & Sheryn. Eilir and David contributed so much to getting the design through planning, really working with the council to ensure it would get approval. It is quite a brave design for a barn so we hadn’t expected it to be so smooth but Van Ellen & Sheryn managed to achieve our mutual ambition for the project, whilst at the same time satisfying any potential concerns the council might have.

What is also hugely helpful is how promptly and thoroughly they respond to concerns or silly questions we might have. I feel I always have counsel when I need it, someone I can lean on, who I trust, for advice. We have expensive taste but not really the budget to back it up! Going into the next set of drawings, that is something that has worried us, but we have been able to lean on Van Ellen & Sheryn who are advising us on bringing the costs down on the build so they hit our budget.

Beautiful, interesting, sympathetic design generated by lovely, talented people who have given us lots of time and attention when we ask for it. And they have great knowledge – and taste. From my experience so far, they are a class act.

J Bailey

We hired van Ellen Sheryn to provide us with a full design service, from concept through to plans and managing the planning process.
We found them to be a great team of smart experienced people who worked together very effectively to provide us with a faultless service. They listened and they worked hard for us. In fact, it’s fair to say that they worked really hard for us, it was impressive. They have a genuine desire to please and we found them real team players.

The result of their efforts made for an application that totally worked for us and our needs, the application pushed the planning boundaries but not so much that the application was refused and made costly, they trod the line perfectly.

I sit writing this in our now completed two story extension, it really is a picture of beauty inside and out. It’s a home design that works for every occasion and we are delighted. So much credit sits squarely on the van Ellen Sheryn’s teams shoulders, we’d recommend and work with them again without hesitation.

O Crowe

Eilir and his team were great. We wanted a transformation of an old conservatory and kitchen in to a open living space full of natural light. They listened to our thoughts, gave suggestions and improvements, then drew up clear designs. They were also very helpful and committed throughout the whole process, doing alterations, adding new ideas, as well as speaking to our builders about how certain elements would work. A really pleasant experience from first ideas to final finished extension, which is very practical and looks fantastic.

Steve Hobbs

Superb creative and professional team. Fantastic style ideas and attention to detail. Incredibly patient and great communication. They were also brilliant company whilst planning our home.

Ceri Baker

Eilir and Ian have been really impressive. They are both very creative, proactive and responsive and were able to obtain planning permission for a contemporary house in Salcombe. We are now progressing with the construction.

J Harris

We were delighted to hire van Ellen and Sheryn architects for work at two Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centres. Whilst relatively small contracts they had important stakeholders and the team listened to us to fully understand and deliver the plans that were asked for.

R Drysdale

We have commissioned van Ellen & Sheryn to design a new purpose built cookery school building in Ashburton which was opened in 2010 along with subsequent extensions to the building in more recent years.

As a customer facing business we welcome thousands of people from around the world to spend large amounts of time (up to 6 months) within our building, so it is imperative that it is welcoming and attractive from the outside and a light and enjoyable space to work in.

van Ellen & Sheryn showed an excellent understanding of the brief and gave us multiple, well-visualised concepts to help us focus towards a finished concept and plans.

We are sited within Dartmoor Park conservation area which brings with it special considerations of materials and design, and much time was saved by having architects experienced of working within these parameters. There were no issues gaining planning permission.

The finished build is exactly as visualised and designed by the architects – an outstanding building to look at and work in that makes the most of the site within which it sits and is a delight to work in.

Several years later the business needed to expand and we commissioned van Ellen & Sheryn for the extensions. This was a tricky brief, adding on two new dining rooms to the existing facade and had the potential of spoiling the strength of the original design. Their design has actually strengthened the impact of the facade of the building which is quite an achievement.

I would recommend van Ellen & Sheryn architects for projects of all sizes. They are a modern architect studio, small enough to care about all their projects, but experienced enough to cope with projects of all sizes. I feel they offer extremely good value. The work they have executed for us is contemporary yet looks better as time moves on – the sign of a great architect.

D O'Nions

Van Ellen and Sheryn always deliver a friendly, professional, service and do their upmost to see away through the demands of their clients, the natural constraints of any particular site, the budget constraints that may exist, and the expectations of the relevant Local Authority. It can be the case that the desires of a client are not matched by a Local Authority, this can result in adaptations to enable planning permission, Van Ellen and Sheryn always show patience and creativity in trying to overcome such problems. As a planning consultant and historic building consultant I have always enjoyed working alongside Van Ellen and Sheryn and found them efficient and reliable in delivering projects for their clients. My observation is that their clients also have enjoyed working with them and this is best substantiated by the repeat business and positive recommendations I have witnessed them receive. They create attractive solutions and have a sound appreciation of the hurdles often faced in securing planning permission and delivering a scheme, to aid this they have contact with an array of consultants who provide associated services to support development, this includes practices and professionals in the fields of planning, ecology, engineering, ground surveying, drainage etc.

J Marchant

Van Ellen + Sheryn did a fantastic job putting a modern extension onto a thatched cottage. After a couple of false starts the final agreed lan was exactly what we wanted linking the House with its surroundings.

The specifications of the glass and cladding lifted the build even further into something truly wonderful.

Without exception everybody we had dealings with at the firm were polite helpful and at all times professional. I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Nomi Hindle

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