How to make your loft safe for your children

Do you have a baby on the way? Perhaps you would like to create a brand new bedroom for your intrepid toddler? A growing family is one of the most common reasons for choosing a loft conversion, but when fitting out a bedroom for young children there are plenty of extra things to think about to ensure your child’s room is safe for them to grow up in. The bedroom All large peices of furniture in your child’s room should be fixed to the walls or floor. Children may … [Read more...]

Stuck in a hole?

Basement planning policy is always under review, and never more so than following a High Court ruling preventing a single-storey development in London, reports Georgina Blaskey. If you live in Nappy Valley, chances are you’ve lived through a basement dig out on your road. Grumbling as you hear the ‘beep, beep’ of the skip lorry at 6.45am (you’re sure you were told no noise would start until 8am), it’s all too easy to wish you’d furiously objected instead of absent-mindedly nodding your head all … [Read more...]

Top tips for buying a bespoke kitchen

  Want a kitchen that works just the way you want it to - a bespoke solution may be just what you are looking for. Unlike ‘off the peg’, a bespoke kitchen will be designed around you rather than you fitting into what is available. Roundhouse, a multi-award-winning bespoke kitchen design and manufacturer offers advice when buying a bespoke kitchen to help you get underway. Roundhouse photography by Ray Main What can you expect? Buying a bespoke kitchen means you’ll get a kitchen … [Read more...]

What is Home Staging and Will It Help Sell My House For A Better Price?

Your property has been on the market for a few weeks and you’ve had zero viewings and zero offers… . So why isn’t your home selling? If your house isn’t selling, or you’re not receiving the right offers, it may be a result of this common mistake... A lot of properties we view are cluttered, scruffy or filled with mismatched furnishings. And by cluttered we don’t necessarily mean they’re filled with hordes of boxes or collectables from the 80s, instead, we see surfaces filled with … [Read more...]


If you want to invest wisely post Brexit, you need to think location, location, location. New builds’ locations have been specifically chosen with today’s tenant in mind, so they’re usually based near a great transport link in a desirable or up-and-coming area. In other words, many offer good prospects for capital growth due to their postcodes.* If you’re considering buying or investing in a new home, here are Portico London estate agent’s 10 new build property hotspots…  1. Croydon Croydon … [Read more...]


Don’t let the Brexit doom and gloom discourage you, Mark Lawrinson, Regional Director of Portico London estate agents has revealed the key factors you need to consider to make a sound property investment this year: 1)      Keep an eye out for big infrastructure projects Even in a weak or unstable market, areas undergoing infrastructure investment are likely to still experience growth in terms of both rental yield and capital gains. Look at areas being transformed along both the Night Tube … [Read more...]

The work revolution

There’s quiet unrest in offices across the capital as more and more people seek to work from home. Does your home meet the job description? The number of people working from home has soared to 1.5 million, according to official figures by the TUC released this summer – that’s nearly a quarter of a million more than a decade ago. Unsurprisingly judging by the amount of mum-preneurs in Nappy Valley, the biggest growth area has been among women, with 35 per cent more working from home in 2015 … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to dig an under garden basement vs under house basement

Under garden basements add significant value to your property. Ensoul has delivered more than 2x return on investment for under garden basements in terms of basement cost vs the uplift in property valuation. But aside from adding serious amounts of floorspace and value, here are 5 reasons to go under your garden instead, or as well as under your house. Brighter and lighter By building a basement under a garden or driveway, we can architect in walk-on roof lights, lightwells and … [Read more...]

10 Ways To Add Value To Your Property

    Home improvements are a great way of maximising the sale price of your property - but which projects will get you the best return on investment? Robert Nichols, Managing Director of Portico London estate agents reveals his top 10 ways to add value to your property… 1. Add a basement Potential Value Added*: Up to 30% “Transforming a basement into a living or storage space can boost a property’s value by up to 30% - so long as the build cost per square foot is less … [Read more...]

Broken plan – open plan but smarter!

“Broken-plan living” is a phrase coined by architect Mary Duggan and is her description for a series of open spaces which, through the use of variable levels and interior walls, creates distinctive zones creating privacy and quiet. So what does ‘broken plan’ actually mean? Kitchens and living rooms may still be open plan, in the traditional sense, but on different levels with, for example, glass balustrading to maintain the sense of space whilst reducing noise. Or – use split-level … [Read more...]

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