Tom is a sole trader architect based in Exeter, Devon. The practice was set up in 2013 with an aim to develop responsive architecture, through a close understanding of client users, their lifestyle and needs. The practice focuses on private residential work, but occasionally takes on commercial or developer work.
Tom’s own objectives for the practice are to spend time with clients and develop professional, lasting relationships to ensure that, together they are able to deliver new spaces tailor-made for their use. Straightforward and efficient solutions constructed with quality raw materials, simply combined, ensure that elegant proposals are possible even for tight budgets.
We chose Tom as the architect for a significant building project on our Victorian home in a conservation area. We needed to shoehorn in a number of demands – kitchen diner, additional bedrooms and bathrooms, utility and boot rooms – into a footprint no larger than the existing one. Tom listened to our brief and came up with a number of solutions. He expertly steered the project through a relatively tricky planning stage drawing on his significant experience and understanding of the perils and potential pitfalls thus securing our planning consent without the need for significant changes.
He then guided us through the initial contract negotiations with the builder whilst being ever mindful of the limitations of our budget. Throughout this process his advice was always pertinent and well judged. Tom was also engaged as the contract manager and again his patience, ability to see the project overall and established relationships with suppliers ensured that the project ran both to budget and time. Generous with his ideas, suggestions, time and patience, the finished project has delivered exactly what we had hoped and we would not hesitate to recommend him.
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…….His suggestions were always pragmatic, sensible and he found several ways for us to save money by making cost effective tweaks to the design. I’m so glad that we had Toms help and the result we’ve got is fantastic.
A complete pleasure having Tom plan our extension. Very responsive, great attention to detail and extremely diligent. Always on hand for questions and has made the whole process so much easier. Would thoroughly recommend him.
Tom was our architect on a complete renovation project for our grade 2 listed house in Exeter. His friendly approach and in depth knowledge of the rules surrounding listed buildings made us feel relaxed and confident from the start, and we were very happy with the drawings and ideas he present from initial meetings.
He guided us through the plans and submitted our planning application; we were thrilled when our project was completely approved first time by the council. We opted for the detailed drawings from Tom which really helped to consolidate our ideas from paper into reality, Tom was great with helping us talk through any queries with our builders, who were able to complete the project exactly how we had planned and in a timely manner.
Camilla & Jack
We really enjoyed working with Tom on our extension. He took lots of time to go through with us what we wanted and quickly picked up our style.
We had never worked with an architect before so Tom was very clear about what we would need from him and how best to use his skills. Tom designed our project to comply with building regulations and Permitted Development restrictions and completed all the appropriate applications to the council making this process very smooth.
He had a very professional approach to everything with a transparent billing process and liaised with our builders well. Tom was easy to communicate with throughout and responded to all queries promptly.
We are very pleased with the outcome of our extension and love using the space we have created.
Tom came up with a simple, elegant and in keeping solution to an awkward extension on our listed house. We discussed the options thoroughly before he drew up accurate plans, considering our suggestions carefully and working them in where possible. He liaised with the planning department on our behalf and made the whole process easy and stress free. Would definitely recommend.
We had a very positive experience working with Tom Spriggs. Immediately he understood the vision we had for our house extension and worked with us to produce a survey and sketches. His drawings and the discussions about the project really helped us to visualize the changes, as well as the planning and building requirements. I would happily recommend him to anyone considering renovations and extensions, particularly where spaces are tricky and you are looking for distinctive, elegant architectural solutions.
Tom did a fantastic job on the design of a complex alteration and partial extension to our Grade II listed house. He worked with us throughout to arrive at a design, as well as with the builder who saw the project through to completion, and he bought an invaluable combination of imagination and practicality to the plan. The work is now finished and we are completely delighted with the results.
Tom has been the architect for two personal and one commercial project for me so far, and I’m sure there will be more. For the latter he has worked to find a solution to convert a derelict (and listed) city centre building into three spacious units, working with heritage advisors, building regulations and navigating a string of planning complexities. His eye for detail and ability to find solutions to meet both aesthetic and statutory requirements has been invaluable on the project and I would highly recommend him.