How to choose a staircase design for your loft conversion

One of the benefits of a loft conversion is the utilisation of what could be considered dead space – and while property owners dream of light-filled bedrooms, how you will get up to your newly converted loft space is often hardly given a second thought. However, the staircase is not only important for practical reasons, it can also be a design feature in itself. Here is our guide on how to choose a staircase for your loft conversion. Get a designer To make the most of the area you wish … [Read more...]

10 important decisions for window and door replacements

Buy from a local window specialist (not a builder- they don't make windows) See the products up close before you buy Property is valuable- use timber- and accurately replicate the original features Don't buy on price- buy cheaply and you will pay twice Look for comprehensive guarantees See examples of local work - even talk to a former client Fully painted prior to installation, inclusive of locks and ironmongery Good windows and doors take time to make- allow 12 weeks Expect answers … [Read more...]

10 Questions To Ask A Basement Contractor

With soaring house prices and space at a premium, basement conversions are a neat solution for families who don’t want to have to compromise or relocate.‘Digdowns’ can be a fantastic way of generating extra space and transforming your home, but where to start? The prospect of converting any part of your home can be daunting, so we’ve asked London’s basement conversion specialist, Simply Basement ( to answer your questions:   How do I know if my home is … [Read more...]

There’s more than one way to serve your drinks

A drinks cabinet is no longer the domain of the hostess with the most-ess - remember Beverly, from Abigail’s Party? Things have moved on exponentially in the intervening years.  They are now über cool with interior magazines and glossy brochures awash with drinks trolleys and cabinets. Wine storage and furniture that blurs the line between kitchen, cooking and living spaces are now particularly in demand. Recent designs by bespoke kitchen company Roundhouse reflect this increasing interest. … [Read more...]

Alternative loft conversion ideas

In London, the most common reasons people seek loft conversions are a growing family or wanting a guest room. However, if you don’t need extra bedrooms or bathrooms, a loft conversion can have many other purposes and benefits. Here are some other reasons a loft conversion is worth considering: Additional income Whether you live in the property or you’re an established landlord, a loft conversion gives you the opportunity to significantly increase your income. If you add a loft conversion … [Read more...]

The London Guide to Residential Basement Extensions

For those of you who are thinking about extending your SW London home with a basement extension, we have created a handy step by step guide from concept through to completion to help people through the maze of decisions that need to be made at different stages of the process. As everyone is aware, basements can add significant value to your property; for example, if your property is worth £750 per Sqr Ft, then you can expect a return on investment of typically 1.3. They are also amazing … [Read more...]

Your guide to choosing replacement windows

Are your windows rotting, ill-fitting and draughty, or letting out too much heat? There’s a world of difference between cheap replacement windows which may last for only two to three years, and ones that will work and look great for decades. Don’t just buy on price – here’s our guide to what makes a top quality window. Choose wood, not u-pvc Plastic may initially be cheaper but in the long run it’s a false economy. All plastic windows deteriorate over time and it’s impossible to maintain … [Read more...]

Trend report – new materials & textures in kitchen design

Gone are the days of banks of sterile-looking kitchens, today’s kitchen furniture is more about mixing it up. The big trend is for introducing layers of texture using metallic finishes and highly textured surfaces. Roundhouse bespoke island in Antique Brass Metal Wrap with worktop African Fusion in sharknose profile, leather finish, with tall Metro cabinets in matt lacquer Figured Anegre vertical grain veneer with Gaggenau appliances. At the forefront of kitchen innovation for over 20 … [Read more...]

Small space, big potential

City living can often mean exploiting small spaces for maximum benefit. From dual-use rooms to multi-functioning furniture, it’s time to explore every nook and cranny, says Georgina Blaskey   Zone out If you have a one room or studio set-up, you need to create zones. Think about all the things you do in that space – work, dine, relax – and then create spaces that work for these activities. Through subtle distinctions you can establish ‘rooms’. Play with modular seating arrangements – … [Read more...]

For the best dressed walls in South West London look no further than Paint the Town Green’s Stones Collection

For anybody who's interested in where colour is heading now that all things greige is on the wane then look no further than our very own Wandsworth based, painting & decorating company Paint the Town Green.  Adding to their award winning eco paint range, Paint The Town Green has teamed up with international style guru and interiors genius Nicky Haslam to produce The Stones Collection. It was standing room only at the Collection’s recent launch at the PTTG store on Allfarthing Lane as … [Read more...]

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