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CONTENTS the fifth annual NappyValleyNet Design & Build Guide!

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I can’t believe it’s five years since we published our very first guide back in 2016. The intervening years have been a challenge, both for our planet and its residents, and our mission - to help you and your family get the most from your Nappy Valley home - seems more important than ever.

Over the following 116 pages you will find modern spaces, relaxing bathrooms, inspirational kitchens, restful bedrooms and much, much more, plus those essential local trade contacts to turn your dreams into reality. I would like to thank John Thorogood, Marsh & Parsons, Portico and Rampton Baseley, who regular followers will recognise as our preferred property partners. Their insight and local knowledge have shaped a great number of the following pages. As ever, do please let us know how we can improve in 2021 and in the meantime, enjoy!

6 A class apart: Homes in Nappy Valley

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18 Homefront: Living in Nappy Valley

Editor Gillian Upton Contributors Georgina Blaskey, Portia Lubbock, Anna White Chief Sub Editor Charlotte Peterson Listings Caroline Evans Design and artwork Sales and marketing Clare Sheta Publisher Susan Hanage While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, The London Magazine Company Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Printed by Elanders Polska Sp Cover photograph courtesy of Londonbased design house Angel O’Donnell

28 Reality check: A guide to the cost and time involved in creating your dream home CAST by The London Joinery Company


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30 Action stations: Top tips for smooth home renovations


Way to go: How to keep ahead of the hot design trends in 2020

49 Refreshing the parts: Inspiring ideas for every room in the house Run Projects

Local finds: Our guide to the homeware shops on your doorstop



84 Ground control: Five brilliant designs for the ground floor Roundhouse


Light up, light up: A guide to the best lighting solutions

90 Feeling the heat: Efficient heating is the key to a planet-friendly home

98 Playing by the rules: Building regulations made easy 99 Sourcing: Source book of top suppliers 114 Resources: Where to find help and information



A CLASS APART Architects, interior designers and planners are coming together to create some spectacular homes. Gillian Upton selects those that outshine all others


What began as a rear single-storey extension turned into a complete overhaul and transformation of the home by Stylus Architects to inject a more rational order to the interior and exterior faรงade and to better link the two. Internally, walls were moved and the kitchen now has dual-aspect sliding doors onto a new patio area and a triangular glazed gable. The monotone colour scheme gives it a clean look. On the outside, reclaimed London stock brick was introduced and used to wrap around the extension at the front and rear of the property.

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This Victorian terraced house was reconfigured, re-planned and refurbished with a liberal use of Farrow & Ball Railings paint as the dramatic backdrop by Ensoul. They worked with the existing electric blue curtains and orange sofa and added painted floorboards, a wall of cabinetry which includes pieces of wood from real wine barrels as cladding for the wine and spirit cabinet, tobacco-coloured soft leather chairs and a classic Tom Dixon pendant light. Upstairs Ensoul created a children’s suite (bedroom and adjacent playroom), craft studio, a roof terrace off the master bedroom and a wellness space in the loft area with sauna, gym and massage area separated by a wall of bamboo. In the basement is a cinema with acoustic panels and bi-level seating, a resistance pool, hot tub, treadmill and a children’s gym. “That’s a first,” says Ensoul co-owner Viki Lander.



A re-invention of the ground floor geared for modern family life was part of the brief to architect and interior designers Proctor and Shaw. A two-storey rear extension was the result, with a hanging timber clad ‘pod’ which forms the dramatic centrepiece to the kitchen and dining space. Photography: Ben Blossom.


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This may be a classic Georgian house from the outside but And Architects have created areas of whimsy and pure eclecticism inside. The bathroom is lined with gold security boxes, the spare kitchen is a riot of blue inside the vault at the front of the property, the courtyard is ablaze with turquoise fish scale tiles, and the floor of the main kitchen continues in the cabinets. Only the dining room shows any restraint. Director Rachel Nogueira explains: “People are moving beyond the luxe and marble and concealed lighting and they want a more curated personal look. This particular owner has a strong sense of style.�

In another project the same architect has chosen loud graffiti tiles to add a touch of street cred to a classic standalone bath and to keep the children happy. Photography: Morley von Sternberg.



This timber-clad snug space is an integral part of a modern, open-plan kitchen and dining room created by a rear and side extension to this substantial semidetached house. Architect and interior designer is Proctor and Shaw. Photography: Ben Blossom.

William Tozer Associates kept the purity of this industrial building when turning it into a home. Brick, concrete and steel dominate with the addition of glass partitions and white paint finish. The trend to bring wellness areas into your home is hotting up as the space in more and more lofts and basements is being given over to saunas, massage and steam rooms. This KLAFS sauna has been installed by Guncast.

London winner of this year’s Don’t Move, Improve awards, this terraced house has been refurbished with the addition of an ‘infill’ glazed rear extension to create flexible living, dining, kitchen and study spaces as well as double-height volume providing bags of natural light to what was previously a dark interior. Warm oak battens for the timber soffit match the existing timber floor while the design affords views from front to back. The owner praised the Proctor and Shaw design as it allows him to no longer feel cut off from activity in other parts of the ground and lower ground floors. Photography: Radu-Palicica.


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HOMEFRONT Good news; Nappy Valley appears to be immune to the vagaries of the pre- and post-Brexit housing market, according to Anna White, property writer for The Telegraph

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It was a year defined by political upheaval, and yet South West London’s large family homes market outperformed the rest of the capital in 2019. Although the Tory leadership race and December’s general election added to the ever-present sense of Brexit unease, house prices in Nappy Valley rose 1.9% over the 12 months to the end of 2019. In the same period values slipped by 0.5%

across Greater London and fell 1.8% in the capital’s luxury core. The property slowdown between 2015 and 2019 was triggered by George Osborne’s overhaul of Stamp Duty, raising the levy on homes valued over £937,000, combined with a natural cyclical correction. The most dramatic price falls (of more than 20%) were recorded in the luxury inner boroughs with London-wide falls of 12.3%.

However, across leafy Wandsworth and Lambeth - dubbed Nappy Valley - prices fell 7.3%. The area covers Battersea, Earlsfield, Southfields, Streatham, Putney, Clapham, Balham, south Fulham, Tooting and Wimbledon. So, why has Nappy Valley been shielded from the widespread five-year Brexit-freeze that has struck the London property scene?


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FAMILY LIFE GOES ON Wandsworth and Lambeth appeal to firsttime buyers and UK families unlike prime central London (namely the core districts of Knightsbridge, Kensington and Chelsea, Mayfair and Belgravia). Job security is a factor to these two buyer tribes when moving, rather than global headwinds or currency play. Both tribes are buying homes first and making an investment second. “Political uncertainty does not halt life,” says Patrick Rampton of Rampton Baseley.


“People don’t stop getting married, getting divorced, having children or moving to the country just because of Boris and Brexit. The family homes will keep trading.” The first-time buyer has been a major player on the capital’s property scene over the course of the slowdown and is predicted to drive sales over the next five years. The number of sales per year to these buyers is forecast to rise by nearly 10% by 2025, from 43,000 to 47,000. Indirectly, the first-time buyer purchasing a flat in Nappy Valley has powered the market with purchases at the bottom of the ladder enabling the vendor to sell their converted period starter flat and buy a family house in the area.

TOP-CLASS HOMES BETWEEN THE COMMONS Education is the other factor that has kept South West London comparatively Brexit-proof. A cluster of outstanding

schools between Wandsworth Common and Clapham Common means the traditional heartland of Nappy Valley is in high demand even during a national period of stagnation. House prices rose 5.3% in the 12 months to December. Those buying into the area for schools are chasing properties on just a handful of roads. Data from local agent John Thorogood reveals the catchment areas of the highly-rated state schools are shrinking as demand intensifies. For example, the acceptance area surrounding Belleville Junior School reduced in autumn 2019 from 399 to 391 metres and from 315 to 280 metres for Honeywell Junior School. Even in the toughest of spells, family homes right off the Northcote Road, in the heartlands between the commons, fly off the shelves, Austin Thorogood explains. “A three-bedroom terraced Victorian house between the commons in need of gutting will go for £1.1 million whereas an upgraded version with a basement on the very best roads could fetch £2.5 million,” he says.


Rampton Baseley is selling a six-bedroom end-of-terrace home for £2.6 million on Granard Road, between Northcote Road and Wandsworth Common. It has a double reception room, two family bathrooms and a south-facing garden.

REGENERATION HOTSPOTS Change has also powered the property market in South West London with new communities being created on swathes of former industrial land. If an apartment between the commons is out of reach, these mixed-use schemes provide a more affordable entry point. Wandsworth town centre has become a hotspot for younger buyers. The gyratory is being regenerated into an eight-acre mixed-use scheme that spans the River Wandle in the grounds of the old Young’s Brewery.

Across three phases the finished scheme will deliver 713 homes ranging from studios to four-bedroom duplexes and around 100,000 sq ft of shops, community and leisure facilities. There’s culture on the doorstep with the Backyard Cinema and the new London Stock restaurant which opened in January. Flats start from £580,000 with Help to Buy and there’s a new nursery on site. Of course, such an overhaul will boost prices in the surrounding streets as well. House prices in Wandsworth rose 6.6% over 2019 - higher than any other pocket of Nappy Valley. The transformation of Clapham Junction would have the same positive effect on Grant Road, St John’s Road and Lavender Hill. A speculative plan put together by architects Hawkins\Brown maps out a dramatic overhaul of the station and surrounding Network Rail site. The team proposes adding more

CONSIDER YOUR NEIGHBOURS COMMUNICATION Receiving drawings of your proposals directly from the local council, or the party wall notices directly from a surveyor, can be seen as unneighbourly. Taking the time to advise of your intentions will open a useful dialogue. PARTY WALL ACT Hand delivering your party wall notices to your neighbours gives you the opportunity to alleviate concerns. Undertake a condition survey if the works might cause damage to your neighbour’s property. BE FIRM BUT FAIR Neighbours may believe they have the right to impact your project’s design but plans that fall within Permitted Development guidelines will be guaranteed approval. Some may also try to influence working hours; a local authority’s guide on noisy works is usually 8am-6pm midweek, 8am-1pm on Saturdays, and no noisy works on Sundays. It’s up to you to accommodate requests for specific quiet times. BE CONSIDERATE Keeping your neighbours informed of what you are doing and when is sensible, and builders should tidy communal areas and avoid blocking access points. REMOVE YOURSELF FROM THE PROCESS A project manager will give neighbours a point of contact for any concerns, reducing the emotion involved and resolving any issues. Source: Run Projects

platforms, straightening the tracks to make them more efficient, creating a new space for shops above and below ground, and building studios for creative businesses and co-working offices. The early proposal would also include 5,000 to 7,000 new homes to be built above the platforms, track and sidings. Watch this space.

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Getting the retail mix right in Nappy Valley has also helped home sales. Artisanal high streets such as Abbeville Road attract visitors and buyers in their droves, and the

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recent upgrade to Balham High Road has boosted its appeal. Balham has become increasingly popular over the last 15 years as young renters and buyers spilled over from Clapham in search of affordability. But its burgeoning population out-grew the flagging high street that has long been in need of an upgrade. Wandsworth Council and a collective of local businesses tasked architects Metropolitan Workshop with beautifying Balham. “We decluttered Hildreth Street, just off the High Road, took down ugly bollards, unnecessary signs and old lampposts, and pedestrianised it so that cafés and restaurants can now spill out on to the street,” says architect Jonny McKenna. Hildreth Street now brings a touch of continental café culture to Balham as well as a vibrant street market. Time Out describes it as “a secret south London gem”. Portico is selling a 2,500 sq ft Victorian house with five double bedrooms and three bathrooms for £1.85 million in Balham. Apartments are available on the High Road in the 41-flat Bedford House, with prices from £655,000.

REMODEL OR START OVER? There has been a marked change in remodelling styles over the past 20 years. A Victorian or Edwardian house is now almost at the end of its shelf life in terms of the original interior layout. Houses were built with almost no thermal quality and draughty single pane windows. The average Victorian person was 10cm shorter than we are today, reflected in door apertures changing from the standard height of under 2m to now commonly being 2.1m or 2.4m. An indoor bathroom 100 years ago was a luxury, now the modern family requires multiple bathrooms and boot rooms, dressing rooms and flexible office space. As a result, many refurbishments now begin with a complete strip out of the interior. Always bear this in mind when considering construction work; it may be better to create a blank canvas from which to start again to suit a contemporary lifestyle. Source: Bygga

DRIVEN BY TRANSPORT Properties close to the underground and overground stations are highly soughtafter, according to Carys Doyle of Marsh & Parsons.

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She cites the streets within a radius of half a mile from Clapham South Tube and half a mile from Balham Station, where prices for a one-bedroom flat start from £400,000 and £1 million for a three to four-bedroom house. For value Doyle suggests Clapham North


and between Clapham and Brixton with easy access to the Victoria Line underground. “The neighbourhood around Queenstown Road [Battersea] called the Diamond Conservation area is also popular as it offers good value by contrast to the more prime areas of Clapham. The Battersea Power Station development and Northern Line extension due to be completed in 2021 is also a big draw,” she adds. The upgrade and organic gentrification of Balham High Road has flowed down into Tooting, with Rampton Baseley opening a new office in Tooting Bec’s Heaver Estate. “The Tooting hotspots are the areas within walking distance to the Tube. Two-bedroom garden flats and small houses tend to be most popular,” says John-Paul Burrough of Marsh & Parsons.


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A lack of stock also propped up prices in Nappy Valley last year. However, a steady supply came from the private landlord. “The majority of our recent instructions across Balham and Clapham South are landlords selling their buy-to-let properties due to the tax changes which are taking

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place at the end of April,” says Doyle. Previously landlords could claim the interest paid on their mortgages as a business expense to reduce their tax bill. The removal of this relief has been phased in over the past three tax years and from 6 April 2020 it will be completely removed.

WHAT LIES AHEAD IN 2020? Even in the run-up to the Christmas election confidence was returning to the market, Rampton says, as people started to believe Boris Johnson would win. Estate agents across South West London reported a ‘Boris bounce’ in December and into January. “We had a surge of applicants between Christmas and New Year, with registrations up 30%,” says Andy Murphy of Portico. “There was never a cash flow problem, people had cash but no confidence, and following the election confidence is starting to return,” Murphy adds. “The outlook is brighter, employment is good and so are mortgage approval ratings.”

Stacey Blacker from the Marsh & Parsons Streatham office claims interested buyer applications were up 78% in January on the same time in 2019, with a high proportion looking to make a long-term buy. Her colleague in the Clapham office, Alex Philo, says registrations increased threefold from the election to the end of January. This also rang true in Tooting: “The Tooting market seems to have picked up in areas where people are looking to upsize following a renewed confidence post-election. We are also seeing increased activity from first time buyers. As more stock comes onto the market priced around £650,000 we expect the market to move forward at a steady rate,” says Burrough. “I have never seen so many sealed bids as in December,” adds Rampton. He forecasts a good spring and summer. But it’s not going to transform into a buoyant market overnight. The country now has some certainty over its direction but life after Brexit remains an unknown entity. The pressure is on the Government to secure and publicise trade deals which will

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in turn give people a sense of job security the key factor when buying a new home. There is also a chance that prospective sellers are planning to launch their sales in the spring, as typically advised by agents. But this market is atypical and a flood of homes in April could see the best properties sell for record prices and ‘compromise homes’ sitting on Rightmove. Sensible pricing and an early March launch are key to a painless sale.

HOME WORK Just as wannabe movers thought long and hard about making a huge financial commitment in 2019, the Brexit freeze also slowed the renovations pipeline. The home improvements market ebbed and flowed last year according to Rory Gordon, founder of Good London Builders. “2019 started quietly with people sitting on their hands,” he says. “But when Teresa May announced the delay to the Brexit deadline last April clients adopted the mantra - let’s just get on with it. Until the run-up to the general election!” The election result has brought a sense of stability with the thought of no tax shocks for the next five years. For those embarking on major work the basement is still an obvious way of maximising space, particularly for those in Victorian terraces. “Stamp Duty is still a prohibitor to moving,” says Gordon. “So people spend the money on a basement instead.” Fake garden walls - brick walls planted with pretend green foliage - have become very popular. “They are a low maintenance way of bringing greenery into a garden and creating privacy,” he says. The other trend is to create more sustainable homes and Steve Carter of Sundial Property Services has noted greater demand for “bespoke, doubleglazed, wooden sash windows. They’re popular and cost effective,” he says. This year’s entrants into the Londonwide Don’t Move, Improve Awards, with many entries from Nappy Valley, showcased more colour and texture than in previous years. Exposed blue steel pillars, homes half-hung with black zinc tiles, emerald green polished Venetian plaster walls and sweeping statement staircases all featured.


THE BENEFITS OF IMPROVING, NOT MOVING • To be sure work is done well you need to have done it yourself. You could buy a badly built house and not know until it’s too late. • Developed houses can suffer from developer finish - built to last for six months, not for a lifetime. • By not moving you avoid the cost of Stamp Duty. You could view that as the Government effectively giving you a subsidy to do your basement and create more space where you are already. • Put your own stamp on your home - you know what you like so bring it to life and make it a reality.

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THE BIG DIG Turn your house into your dream home with the ultimate basement conversion from Good London Builders The house of your dreams is a rare, if not impossible, find. But turning your property into your dream house needn’t be. From a side return extension to a loft conversion, there are lots of options to consider, but one of the most beneficial to family life is a basement. “It allows your home to grow with your family and increases the value of your property,” explains Rory Gordon, managing director of Good London Builders. “And it means you can avoid the hassle - not to mention the cost (especially Stamp Duty) - of moving.”

Because your home is the biggest asset you own, when you start any building work you want to make sure it’s in the safest hands. Digging beneath the foundations, excavating the earth and underpinning your property needs to be done by an experienced, qualified and reliable team. Good London Builders offers the service you need with your requirements at the centre of everything. Rory delivers excellence via a conciergestyle service, where he and his team act as the client’s eyes and ears. “We give a proper independent project management

service – so you don’t end up with one of the builder’s team telling you what the builder wants you to hear! Instead you get a balanced, diligent approach. We offer end-to-end delivery – we take you through every part of the process and advise and steer on the best decisions for



A BASEMENT CASE STUDY In this project, Good London Builders created a basement in order to provide a granny/nanny flat, a loo, a utility room, a gym, a wine room and a playroom. COST: A typical basement of the original footprint of the house and side return, about 80-90 sq m, costs about £350-400,000 + VAT but the final price comes down to finish. Payments are scheduled for every two weeks, with the project manager making sure both sides are represented to ensure a fair payment schedule. TIME: Between six to nine months, depending on the size. Excavation and underpinning happen together, over three to four months. Installing steels takes a month. Tanking - slab/concrete base, tanking system, insulation, underfloor heating, screed - takes a month. The fit and finish is two to three months, depending on choices made. DESIGN: The three-metre high ceiling of this project provides an airy and spacious feel to the basement. Bespoke Crittall-style doors from Fabco allow light to flow through the space and oak wood floors from The Natural Wood Floor Company keep the space bright and airy. In the playroom, double sofa beds from mean the kids can have sleepovers with their friends, without keeping their parents awake! The wine cellar has bespoke joinery which is backlit and showcases not only a collection of wine but also a selection of model Ferraris. Equipment in the gym is connected to a steel and there are spots on the glass rooflight above, a fun design which means the glass is slip-proof in the garden. Through this glass you can catch a glimpse of the wonderful living wall in the garden.

you,” Rory explains. “We introduce you to our stable of builders (over 50 teams) and we have leverage over the teams to make sure they deliver well for you, because they want to keep working for us.” By taking away the stress and hassle, Rory and his team make the process easy

and enjoyable. With trade discounts on all purchases passed on and costs negotiated down, the net result is that they save you a considerable amount of money without compromise on quality, on budget and on time – something Good London Builders has a proven track record of achieving.

Overall, this project is a masterclass in basement design - a series of light and airy rooms that flow thanks to glass doors and consistent flooring. But they have individual purpose and therefore deliver variety and interest to those using the space.



REALITY CHECK Be realistic when it comes to budgeting both time and money for any one of six potential building projects in your home. Here’s our easy guide…



• Typical building cost per square metre - £1,000 + VAT* • Time allowed for planning - a minimum of 8 weeks. Party wall agreements (PWA) can take up to 10 weeks • Time allowed for the build - a minimum of 2 weeks, depending on access to the site

• Typical supply and install cost per square metre - £2,000£4,000 + VAT - with glazing and mid-spec finishes • Time allowed for planning - 8 weeks • Time allowed for the build - 12-16 weeks

*Cost is based on replacing an area of roof, to install thicker timber floor joists layered with Celotex insulation, a layer of plywood, a weatherproof top layer such as an EDPM rubber membrane, then decking boards or tiles. Additional costs are a handrail (a glass balustrade would be £400 per linear metre) and decking which ranges from £30 square metre for pine to £150 per sqm for Millboard composite decking | Source: John Osborn Design

UNDER-GARDEN BASEMENTS • Typical building cost (waterproofed basement shell, fitout, professional fees) per square metre - £5,000 + VAT • Time allowed - around 12-14 months from start to finish • Initial design, surveys and planning application - 3-4 months • Party Wall Agreement - 1-3 months • Detailed design (in parallel with PWA) - 2 months • Basement shell construction - 4-6 months • Fit-out - 2-3 months In broad terms, costs include the connecting access to the main house and any underpinning required | Source: Ensoul

The labour prices can vary considerably depending on whether a high specification finish is required or just a basic shell with a value kitchen and flooring, no under floor heating, smaller rear doors and glazing, and no under-thestairs loo | Source: Dermarta Construction

GARDEN • Typical cost per square metre including seating areas, planting, hard landscaping, lighting, bespoke elements such as firepits, pergolas or outdoor cooking areas – around £1,000 to £1,500 per square metre depending on elements involved. A bigger garden would typically result in a lower price due to larger areas of lawn. • Design £1,000 - £5,000 • Budgets can be as little as £500 per square metre but these schemes would be much simpler and would need to make use of existing structures rather than more complex construction and hard landscaping materials. • Planning rarely required, but 6-8 weeks for permission for any permanent structures such as outdoor offices. Current lead for permission for tree removal is 6 weeks. • Typical project build duration 4-6 weeks NB. Information based on a typical 5 square metre to 8 square metre Victorian terraced garden

TERRACED MANSION DESIGNED BY STYLUS ARCHITECTS The key to this design was allowing the garden to interact with the basement and ground floor levels, maximising the natural daylight. The interior design introduces a double-height space over the kitchen area, linking the new basement and kitchen zones together. The gravitas of this space is accentuated by the introduction of the double-height timber wall. The vaulted ceiling uses thin metal fins that mirror the external fins in the front exterior planar glass |

Cost will vary depending on what is involved before the beautifying stage. Is there work required to boundaries? Is there clearance, removal of existing material/plants/ construction and is there work required to change levels? All these will affect the price. Quotes here are exclusive of VAT | Source: Harrington Porter

LOFT CONVERSIONS • Typical building costs per square metre - £1,000 +VAT • Time allowed for planning - 8 weeks, but obviously much quicker if you can build your loft conversion under permitted development rights. • Time allowed for the build - this is around 8 weeks +/- 2 weeks either side depending on spec and size, and assuming you have all architectural plans, structural calculations and any necessary party wall agreements in place | Source: Simply Loft

UNDER-HOUSE BASEMENT • Typical building cost per square metre - £4,000 + VAT • Planning permission standard application - 8 weeks after validation (which can take 2 weeks) • Time allowed for the build - realistically 9 months for a full basement of a standard terraced house (85-90 square metre basement) | Source: Good London Builders




ACTION STATIONS Having work done on your home can be a rewarding process if it goes smoothly, but there are potential pitfalls along the way. Here are eight top tips to consider before you start to ensure you keep on track

1. WRITE A CLEAR BRIEF Before you begin, it’s crucial to have a

clear brief. Not necessarily an endless list of requirements, but do think about what you want to use the space for, your living style, what time pressure you may have, any particular design style, and most importantly what your budget is remember 20% VAT!

WHY IT’S WORTH DOING THE GARDEN NOW Extending your house, filling in the side return, installing a beautiful new kitchen - it’s well worth doing the garden at the same time rather than as a separate project in the future Cost economies - contractors on site already, same batch quantities of materials (eg. tiles inside and out), waste removal costs Efficiency of layout - electrics, lighting and water can all be incorporated. Floor levels and drainage will work to best advantage when planned together Beautiful house inside - you want to look out on, and have immediate use of, a beautiful outside that reflects the transformation indoors Time, stress and mess - ideally take just the one hit Maturing gardens - take time to develop Real or artificial grass - it’s personal preference and choice of maintenance level, but…. Trees, plants, flowers - are essential for wildlife, the environment and wellbeing. Have them in abundance. Source: Clara Bee

2. SPEND TIME ON DESIGN Transforming ideas into a feasible design is a complex process and it’s important to spend time on it early on as bad decisions are much harder and more expensive to change later. An architect can help you balance stylistic and practical elements of your project to create a design that will fulfil your requirements and maximise your budget.

“YEARS OF EXPERIENCE HAVE TAUGHT ME TO USE THE BEST MATERIALS AND FINISHES AVAILABLE, SUCH AS ACCOYA AND HARDWOOD FOR WINDOWS AND DOORS” MTM HERMAN 3. CONSIDER THE IMPACT ON THE OVERALL HOUSE When designing extensions, people often become so focused on the new space that they forget about what is already there! Multiple small extensions can ruin the cohesion of a house, and larger ones can make existing rooms feel like dark corridors. Take a step back and consider how the whole house will look and feel with the new design.


4. SET A REALISTIC BUDGET Having work done on your house is expensive, and not all the costs are obvious from the start. One of the first conversations you should have with your architect is about your budget - there’s no point designing something that is more than you want to spend.

5. DON’T BE AFRAID TO USE AN ARCHITECT Never think your project is too small. Architects are independent design experts with the training, experience and creativity to make decisions about what will work in your home and whether it’s feasible. Only those registered with the ARB (Architects Registration Board, can legally refer to themselves as architects. You will have the reassurance that comes from using a qualified professional with relevant experience, design vision, creativity and years of training.

7. DON’T RUSH It’s only natural to be eager but rushing can make the whole process more expensive and slower in the long run. Planning applications need to be properly thought out to avoid having to resubmit. Racing through finding a builder can lead to huge costs and botched projects. Talk to your architect early about a realistic timescale to avoid issues and added expense later.

ENERGY-SAVING WINDOWS In recent times we have received significantly more enquiries about fitting bespoke, wooden doubleglazed sash windows than ever before, reflecting how we’re all becoming increasingly conscious of the use of energy in our homes how we can use it more efficiently, both for the good of the planet and our pockets. In 2019, we supplied and fitted more double-glazed sash windows than in all of the previous years of trading put together. We’ve developed a technique of fitting new doubleglazed sashes into original frames, while at the same time preserving a great many features and the charm of the original window.

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6. DON’T CUT CORNERS Many architectural technicians, architectural designers, planning consultants and building surveyors can do planning drawings, but they do not have the same training, experience, codes of conduct, professional qualifications and insurance as a registered architect. They may cost a bit less but that generally means a poorer quality job, producing something very basic with no consideration of your requirements and the house as a whole. With an architect you will be in the best possible hands for the best outcome for your investment.


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A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY Ayrton Bespoke is changing the way homeowners make decisions on replacing timber windows and doors

Ayrton has been in the property industry for well over 30 years and has specialised exclusively in the design, manufacture and skilled installation of period windows and doors since 2006, with many very satisfied clients in Nappy Valley alone. Their expert fitters (who interestingly are all employed by the company they do not sub-contract) are skilfully

replacing London’s beautiful old timber windows and doors, preserving the traditional exteriors of buildings while upgrading them with robust built-to-last, insulated and secure windows and doors. Whether it’s front doors, sash and casement windows, French or folding doors Ayrton provides them all. And having worked on period properties from early Georgian through to post-war,

they have dealt with all sorts of issues from complying with conservation area regulations to accurately matching and replacing intricate ironmongery and replicating ornate stained glass. So, who best to educate us on all things windows and doors than this specialist London firm? Most people replace their windows and doors only once or twice in their lifetimes. Understandably it’s not something that



“WE HAVE ON AVERAGE FIVE CUSTOMERS A MONTH ASKING US TO REPLACE RELATIVELY NEW WINDOWS OR DOORS BECAUSE THE JOB WASN’T DONE PROPERLY THE FIRST TIME AROUND” we know a lot about. Often, they fall into the trap of trusting generalists like builders to take care of it. That’s where the problem starts, according to Robert Ditcham, CEO at Ayrton. “Most general builders are not specialists in windows and doors. Just as you wouldn’t ask your builder to buy your kitchen and bathroom, why would you ask them to source and fit your windows and doors? They don’t make windows and doors. “We have on average five customers a month asking us to replace relatively new windows or doors because the job wasn’t done properly the first time around, costing them more money in the long run.” This is precisely why Ayrton only replace and do not refurbish, as patching up doors and windows will only result in clients spending more money over time. There is little point in installing a new door to an over 100-year-old frame. It will not fit properly, isn’t secure and sadly it’s just a fudge. Do it properly when the budget allows.

When it comes to period homes there simply is no one-size-fits-all solution. Made to measure, well-built and expertly fitted windows and doors insulate against cold and noise and keep your family secure - a better life and a more valuable property. To truly understand the workmanship and service that go into each and every door and window, Robert encourages customers to come along to one of their London showrooms in Wandsworth, Dulwich or Crouch End where his friendly team can demonstrate their work. Ayrton pride themselves on listening to their clients and carrying out replacements sympathetically and with minimal disruption to the household. There are five stages from initial consultation with the client to the aftercare. Firstly, the team survey the client’s property in order to advise and quote with accuracy. Secondly, the client sits down with an Ayrton designer to discuss design details including ironmongery finish, paint colour, door furniture, even where the cat flap needs to go! They can request personal touches like initials on a stained glass window. The designers will then present drawings to them for approval. After that comes the manufacturing process. Ayrton manufacture in Lithuania, where costs are lower so standards can be exemplary. Materials are of the highest specification with a skilled labour force used to working with timber and with Ayrton for many years. Then, it’s installation day when doors and windows are delivered to the customer. The team carefully prep the house with dustsheets and carpet

protector to minimise disruption. Fitting can be over a number of days but no aperture is left unsecure overnight. From order to installation allow 12 weeks and finally, there is the aftercare service. As Robert puts it, “You wouldn’t buy a BMW without an aftercare package so why would you buy doors and windows without it?” Timber shrinks and expands with the seasons, and locks can get a little stiff. That is to be expected and is why Ayrton have 12 vans driving around London with experienced teams so they are never far away to fix minor problems that naturally occur. They also offer guarantees from 30 years on all their products. When you look closely at the process, it becomes apparent what you are paying for. Robert adds, “If you are considering replacing your doors and windows, scrutinise your quote, ask exactly what you are getting for your money and make sure you visit the showroom. If the quote doesn’t include those five stages, then somewhere along the line you will be let down, sometimes very badly. If the quote is low, then corners are being cut whether it’s in the design, the quality of the materials, the installation or aftercare. It was not the right price in the first place.“ Your windows and doors are a crucial and a beautiful part of your most valuable asset, your home, something so important it’s more than worth investing in.


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DECORATING ETIQUETTE Eco is the word and one local, trailblazing paint specialist is still going strong over a decade on, branching out with work that covers all areas of decorating, with its roots still planted firmly in the neighbourhood Paint The Town Green (PTTG) launched in 2007 becoming London’s first decorating company with its own range of eco-friendly paint, way before ‘eco’ became a buzzword. Twelve years later and it’s still making waves in the decorating world with its bespoke service and impeccable decorating etiquette. Based in Wandsworth, PTTG is a onestop-shop decorating company offering well beyond what you’d expect from a traditional decorator. Its services cover painting and decorating to managing electricians, plumbers, carpenters and plasterers, and working with interior designers. Phil Robinson, founder of the company enthuses, “We want to achieve the best results for our clients and offer them the best services we can to make the whole decorating experience as easy as possible for them.” Phil has been decorating for over twenty years. His knowledge of his craft and his attention to detail is so acute that he will always point out areas that need repair before the rollers come out, and his team will remedy any underlying problems in walls or woodwork to ensure that no cracks appear in the paint later. If there is a bigger problem, such as damp caused by a leak in the roof, Phil can even call in the roofers. PTTG’s work is made to last. They use the right primers and paints for all areas of a home whether it’s interior or exterior, bathrooms, kitchens and areas of high traffic. Phil’s top tip is to use PTTG’s wipeable emulsion paint, usually used for bathrooms and kitchens, in a darker colour under the dado rail in the hallway to protect from grubby little handprints. In-house interior designers, Katie Baring and Raluca Racasan also conduct colour consultations at clients’ homes

at no extra charge to help them select the best colour scheme, looking at their furniture, paintings, how the light comes into the rooms and how they use the house. Clients can opt for PTTG’s own paint, free from toxic fumes, including ‘The Stones’ range developed in collaboration with interiors guru Nicky Haslam, or other brands on the market, to achieve the results they want. But what really makes this company stand out from the crowd are its ethics. Phil explains, “We are passionate about the quality of our workmanship but equally as important to us is our code of conduct, which is how we behave in our clients’ homes and this means being considerate and thoughtful to their needs at all times. A client can leave our decorators in their home with the peace of mind that they will look after it.” That’s why it’s standard for clients to be asked questions like when their baby’s nap time is or when they will be on a conference call so that the team works quietly around them. They’ll also


be asked if they have a cat that mustn’t be let outside or a dog that needs to stay in the utility room so that there is as little disruption as possible to the household. Operations Manager Terry Teasdale visits regularly to spot check the quality and tidiness of the work, and Phil calls all of his clients at the end of each project to ask them if they are happy and if there was anything the team could have done better. “The truth is that we are not satisfied unless our clients are, so if something needs re-doing, then we will re-do it,” says Phil. Because PTTG has teams of decorators all over London, they can work to short time frames too. If there is a baby on the way, visitors arriving from abroad or tenants moving in, Phil will pull out all the stops to finish the work on time. Phil adds, “Whether we are working on a downstairs loo or an entire stately home, we take great pride in our work and in our code of conduct. We listen to our clients, respect their homes and work around their needs. Ultimately, we just want our customers to enjoy working with us.”



WAY TO GO The big trends this year revolve around natural fabrics and materials and more drama on walls with both warm, earthy paint tones and pops of bright colours, says Gillian Upton

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ONE OF A KIND Bespoke is still going strong in 2020 and there are many artisans ready to create one-off pieces to grace your home that you won’t see anywhere else. Take this beautiful ebonised ash table called Nodum from London-based Object Studio. It costs a cool £30,000 and takes 10-12 weeks to make, but it’s surely worth the wait. Object Studio

MASTER CHEF Passionate amateur cooks need a professional kitchen in their home and Italian company Marrone + Mesubim have launched just the thing: a single culinary counter which embraces all the cooking steps of washing, cutting, cooking and resting. The C3000 includes all the components of a large-scale professional kitchen in a 3-metre-long unit so everything is within arm’s length. Marrone + Mesubim

Lighting schemes for homes are becoming more sophisticated, says Clara Bee. “Ambitious hi-tech lighting systems are increasingly finding their way into our refurbishment projects,” comments company co-owner Claire Burrage. “Lutron and similar, programmable mood-based systems for home lighting are enhancing people’s lives and creating a real wow-factor. Along with this, LED strip lights, plastered-in or recessed downlights, skirting lights and picture rail lights are becoming the norm in home refurbishment projects.”


LOFTY IDEALS The return to nature and a strippedback look is infiltrating rooms at the top of the house, says Helen Wood of Simply Construction Group. “We are seeing an increase in the number of people leaving a wall of exposed brick on the staircase leading up to a new loft conversion,” she says. “It adds real character.” Simply Construction Group

COOKING WITH COLOUR Jolanta Harradine of Eclectic Interiors predicts the warm glow of living coral will be the next new thing in kitchen colour. “It sets the scene to great effect,” she says. “Mix it with super-matt marble, black glass and warm walnut veneer to produce an impressively sophisticated room ambience.”

New neutrals “Greys have monopolised walls in homes for a while now, and warmer neutrals are fighting back,” says Phil Robinson of Paint The Town Green (PTTG). “Earth tones are reappearing,” he says. Look at PTTG’s Agate (chocolate brown), Feldspar (olive green), and Tiger’s Eye (ochre yellow), pictured, created by Nicky Haslam for PTTG. “They all showcase nature’s best at its finest,” says Phil. Paint The Town Green


Now you see it, now you don’t Unsightly clothes hooks are a thing of the past in this front basement staircase en route to a small WC and utility room. The Håfele folding hooks make a bold design statement together with the beautiful oak wood and floor, thanks to AndArchitects’ designs in one of their recent projects.

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Biophilic Design is the new trend in interiors and it’s here to stay. A ‘natural interior design’ that brings the outside in to improve our sense of wellbeing, its main focus is on nature. Here are some top tips for biophilic painting and decorating:

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UPPER GLASS A return to the original Victorian stained glass door is something for which Robert Ditcham, CEO of Ayrton is receiving more and more requests. “A lot of London’s showy stained glass has been lost over the years as old doors were replaced with cheaper solutions, or the stained glass was simply too weak or no longer secure for today’s world,” he says. “We copy these beautiful originals - or make new designs - and incorporate the stained glass into a toughened glazing sandwich so it’s secure and beautiful once more.”

• This year’s colour trend is nature’s palette – everything that emulates nature and the garden and triggers the senses. • Soporific tones work well in bedrooms whereas more invigorating shades thrive in the living spaces. In short, if you wouldn’t find it in the garden, don’t use it in the house. • Use wallpaper with calming configuration patterns that replicate patterns in nature, such as pinecones or trees and branches. Air quality is paramount so choose your interior paint wisely. Our range of high-quality eco-paints has the lowest possible levels of VOCs, better for both the environment and you. Source: Paint The Town Green

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FLOORED When it comes to wood flooring, the sky’s the limit. Tim Hobern of HS Wood Flooring says anything goes. “There’s more to floor options than parquet or boards,” he explains. “Technology has had a huge influence on hardwood floors - not just floor patterns but colour, texture and finish, as well as strength, stability and resilience. Not many people realise the thousands of options they have.”

SEIZE THE SISAL Is it to do with climate change or just a natural cycle? According to Bethell Projects, natural fibres are de rigueur. “There’s a huge return to nature in every aspect of the home, so sisal rather than carpet, wooden floors rather than laminate, breathable paints and more earthy hues.”

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The humble stair runner inside the front door is still taking centre stage says Billy Gladwin, Director of A Flooring Boutique, and stripes continue to be popular. “People are going for bespoke patterns and customers can choose their own colourways; companies such as Fleetwood Fox offer up to 20 designs.”

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Installing thin-profile bifold and sliding doors is part of bringing the outside in when opening up the back wall of your home. “Many people are moving to modern, slim profiles so you get more glass-to-aluminium ratios,” says Daniel Harwood of Cedar Bifold. “They want more natural light to flood into their room.” Look out for 49mm profile bifolds instead of the usual 60mm ones. Sliding doors let in even more light as these are much thinner, at 20mm.

With the back-to-nature trend comes real grass! The advantages are clear, says Chip Anghel of Blue Team Landscaping: “It’s less expensive to install than artificial grass, it improves air quality, it is water-permeable, renewable and reduces noise levels.” What’s not to like? According to Chip, there are a few things: “Natural turf can die, it has limited playing time and it’s expensive to maintain.” You have been warned.

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Copper still reigns supreme when it comes to lighting this year, epitomised by Tom Cox’s iconic melted copper pendant light, so every home with statement lighting should extend the idea with copper sockets and switches to match. Find them from Dowsing & Reynolds to add the finishing touches.

Clients are increasingly willing to push the boat out with their colour choices, which leads to more intriguing and attractive spaces.

PITCH PERFECT Victorian homes rarely have straight walls so trying to get an IKEA hack to fit perfectly can be challenging. “It’s often not possible to get anything off-the-shelf,” says Dermot Steedman of Dermarta Construction. “Victorian properties have funny angles.” Bespoke is the answer, he says, be it alcove shelving, media units, wall panels or pieces such as this clever Dermarta Construction pull-out daybed in a loft attic, pictured. Emma Green HalfPageAd.qxp_Layout 1 24/01/2020 15:20 Page 1


In Victorian terraces the middle reception room is often the place where natural light is most lacking. Consider embracing the dark side of these spaces and go for a deeper paint colour. This allows the room to develop its own character as a cosy, enveloping snug or TV room, often helped along by bespoke joinery for media units or children’s play areas. Do make the most of the light where is flows naturally into the home whether that is the kitchen or the sitting room. The brighter your room, the paler you can go with your paint colours so as to emphasise the natural light flooding in. Source: Bethell Projects

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CREATIVE STORAGE SOLUTIONS WILL IMPROVE YOUR HOME Marie Kondo has inspired all of us to start decluttering our lives and make the best use of our space. • If you’re planning to sell your home, get your storage organised. It could significantly increase the selling price depending on the inclusions. • Built-in hallway cupboards for bulky vacuum cleaners, pushchairs, brooms and mops are a godsend. • Storage doesn’t have to be hidden, the #shelfie is here. Adding shelves to your kitchen and elsewhere for storage or display purposes will give your home that on-trend look. • One of Mrs Hinch’s favourite tricks is decorative baskets! They look great, are a cheaper solution, and don’t take up as much space as bulky furniture. • Clear your loft space – it’s a great place for things you don’t need or can’t throw away. • Involve the children. Having their own storage solutions for their toys, coats and shoes will encourage them to clear up. Source: CAST

LARGE AS LIFE Large-format porcelain tiling is the flooring to go for in kitchens and bathrooms says Richard Everett of BPM, very simply because it means “far less grout being used, and in a small area like a bathroom fewer grout lines give the illusion of a cleaner and more spacious room.” He’s also noted a trend of tiles with a wood finish. “This is something that can be made to look quite striking if used on a feature wall of a bathroom, for example.”

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Homespun charm Rustic charm to soften the hard edges of a hi-tech kitchen is bang on trend this year. This butcher’s block adds just the right element of charm in this openplan, industrial-themed kitchen with polished concrete floor and Crittall windows. Designed by Stylus Architects.

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’TIS THE SEASON… “This season is definitely inspired by nature - any variation of greens from the blue-green of the sea to tones of emerald, forest and dark, rich greens,” says Anna Sadej of Kitchen Connections. “And who says green and blue should not go together? Classic and midnight blue are the colours of 2020, blending beautifully with marble, stainless steel and brass. Any blue combined with wood is very elegant and uplifting too”.

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Carpenters and joiners have never had it so good as bespoke wardrobes, cabinetry, media walls, under stairs storage units, wall panelling and flooring, are de rigueur. Getting it right is what Billy King of Parcel & King calls, “a balance of the clients’ dream combined with the craftsman’s knowledge and experience”. Another advantage of having the item fit perfectly in the space is the aesthetic, as English Woodwork explains: “Beautiful joinery pieces and statement pieces using minimal materials make a room seem more spacious and create a real impact.”


UP THE WALL Why build a wall with bricks laid horizontally when, for dramatic effect, you can stack them vertically? Good London Builders use this technique here for dramatic effect. Neal’s Nurseries

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It’s time to supersize your plants if you want to achieve the right look in your garden, says Neal’s Nurseries. “It’s all about big, show-stopping greenery now, like Alocasia, which has giant leaves and contrasting stems, and Monstera, featuring deep green patterned foliage,” says the company’s Lucky Acan.

SHUTTER BUY Colour isn’t just influencing walls but window treatments too, says Nina Tileva of The Traditional Shutter Company. “We installed jet black shutters at one house recently and it looked amazing. People are moving away from neutral to darker colours green, grey, blue and black.” The Traditional Shutter Company

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Take a shelfie! The challenge is still on to discover clever storage solutions to maintain a sleek outward look, and we have to thank one particular organising consultant for some of them. “Thanks to Marie Kondo, decluttering has become key to overall wellbeing, and smart storage options in the kitchen are becoming increasingly popular,” says CAST. They have noted the rise of the #shelfie! “Shelving is massively ontrend in kitchens this year. Accent it with your tableware or greenery and decorative pieces,” advises CAST.

MIX AND MATCH Using the staircase as a dramatic design element is still going strong in 2020. Granit Architects introduced contrasting materials for this staircase in a Battersea home near the river. The first run mixes a base of stone with dark brown wood treads to link in with the stone floor in the kitchen and wood floor in bedrooms, while the second run of open treads are just wood with glass balustrade to reflect the lightness of higher floors. The design also offers a useful storage area in the lower rungs. “We have left the solid of the ground and stone and moved up into the lightness of the wood and trees to let the design story build,” says Granit. Granit Architects


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For interior design and property refurbishment project management specialist, Clara Bee, the focus is always on delivering a positive client experience on every project, as a recent client testifies Set in the heart of Battersea, Douglas’s five-bedroom family home had waited 17 years for much-needed modernisation - remodelling the space to suit a maturing family was a priority. This was a significant project covering everything from replacement kitchen and bathrooms, remodelling floor layouts and redecoration throughout, to rewiring and updating home technology. But Douglas knew he needed help to realise his vision for the perfect family home. Even with clear ambitions and budget, a busy life meant finding time to co-ordinate and manage the project was a real challenge, so he turned to Clara Bee for help. A costed plan: Clara Bee worked closely with Douglas to understand his vision and create a clear, costed plan. “They listened to our ideas. Getting strong input as to what was practicable and achievable was particularly valuable,” Douglas explained. Creative solutions: The team devised a plan for a problem second reception room, which was dark and under-used. Combining the room with an enlarged kitchen and dining area created a beautiful, light-filled space where separate utility, storage, larder and comms areas are concealed behind stunning antique glass.

Communication: Expert project management was vital to timely delivery and cost control, and Clara Bee took the lead in confirming deliverables, challenging outputs, identifying and explaining risks, and managing budgets. “They went above and beyond with daily site attendance and regular calls,” Douglas confirmed. “We had such high confidence in the team because we could see the parameters set by the budget.”

Trusted suppliers: Clara Bee co-ordinated architects and structural engineers to develop formal drawings, calculate structural requirements and navigate planning legalities - before drawing on its network of reliable local suppliers to select the right professionals for the job.

Beautiful design: Clara Bee’s interior design expertise dovetailed with the family’s vision for their renewed home to create beautiful living spaces. “Clara Bee really helped by letting us be the customer; buying and using things we wanted to, the team’s involvement being

tactically and carefully managed to the greatest effect.” Reflecting on the project, Douglas is in no doubt about the value of working with Clara Bee: “We have gained a room, love the space, our friends are extremely complimentary and our teenage daughter actually wants to have her friends here, which says it all! The whole family is delighted and our house now brings a smile to our faces. “Clara Bee took our vision, shaped it with us, and delivered it all in a beautiful way. Previous experience of projects had been stressful. But, while this project was far more complex structurally, delivery was as seamless and stress-free as possible.”



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LIGHT UP, LIGHT UP Often referred to as jewellery for the home, lighting is a key component of architectural and interior design, and the way we use it can impact how a space works and how we feel when we’re in it, says Georgina Blaskey

Lighting should never be an afterthought, but often it is. Taking time to consider how you will illuminate a space is crucial to its success. This year, a range of lighting styles are vying for attention on the interiors scene. Trends for 2020 include everyday glamour reminiscent of luxury hotels, but our respect for the environment

has concurrently led to natural textures inspired by 70s design to creep back in. Pared-back, clean design is also popular as we consider having less ‘stuff’ in our homes to help clear and focus our minds. “Inspired by the Roaring Twenties and rise of the iconic Art Deco era, vintage glamour is an unmissable lighting trend for 2020 and


beyond,” says Lucy St George, co-founder of Rockett St George. “In times of political confusion, often we look to improve things with a healthy dose of opulence, fun and glamour and Art Deco design is perfect for this. Plus, as we head into a brand-new era of the 20s, a little nostalgia for the glamour of the Jazz Age is only natural!” Oversized ceiling lights and statement chandeliers are taking centre stage. “As Victorian houses usually have very generous proportions, large-scale lights work best,”

say interior designer Emma Green. “Go as large as you dare, they can carry it!” As cane and rattan furniture and accessories enjoy a revival, the trend has hit the lighting department too. “Focusing on beautiful, natural materials that help create ambience whether the lights are turned on or off, rattan and cane pendant lights bring inviting character and warmth to any space,” explains Jane Rockett, Lucy’s co-founder. “It’s a great way to bring a hint of the outside in, the natural textures of rattan,


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INTERIOR DESIGN TRICKS • Get the planning, layouts, ideas for paints, flooring and any bespoke furniture in order before you start. Visualising the whole project will avoid lengthy building delays. • Stretch yourself on colour, furniture and layouts. Be confident to try new things for a really exciting result. • Furniture around the perimeter can make a room look smaller. If space is tight, angle inwards or move it a few inches in from the wall, putting a shelf or console behind. Existing pieces, including artwork and accessories, can be re-worked or used in a different way to add character. • Make sure curtains are floor length, giving the impression of a much taller, more splendid room. A curtain pole just above the window shortens the look of the fabric, so put it up as high as possible.

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• A central rug surrounded by furniture makes a room look smaller and less inviting. Place at least the front legs on it, bringing it all together in an inviting way. • Buy good light fittings. A room with good lighting and cheap furniture is more effective than the other way around. Source: Emma Green Design


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wicker and woven cane look incredible in soft, contemporary schemes that combine timeless design with the latest trends,” she says. Designed in subtle, neutral tones that stand-out against light or dark walls, woven cane materials are the perfect choice for lighting your home in style, all year long. Sarah Roberts, marketing director at John Cullen, is on board: “Using wicker basket


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WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN LIGHTING A SPACE 1. Plan the room first, advises Emma. The most effective lighting schemes work around the features and furniture in a room and any artwork that might need lighting. Consider how you want to use the space and when, for example, during the day, evening or both. This will dictate the kinds of lighting needed, such as task lighting or decorative, and the layout. 2. Place all lights on dimmers, for different effects at different times of the day and for different uses. 3. Layer light by having it come into a room from different sources, suggests Sarah. For example, in a lounge use downlight for a coffee table or art,

shades creates patterns around a room which is very effective.” Reflecting another interiors trend, biophilia, there are many quirky lamp bases, pendants and chandeliers based on big, bold botanicals. These are great for injecting a fun, sculptural element into a room. Our love affair with the pendant light continues. Sarah notes that pendants incorporating internal LED strips are the latest incarnation; use over a hall or dining table or as a centrepiece in a living room. “Pendants are still popular, but always use an odd number,” advises Sarah. “They are decorative rather than a good source of task lighting so intersperse them with down lights.” Copper and brass finishes are still on trend - Tom Dixon’s melted copper ceiling pendant has become a design classic - but

uplight a fireplace surround and add table lamps for decorative tones. It’s your architectural lights that do all the work. Add lighting into shelving whether you front light or back light your shelves for a more dramatic effect adds extra depth and interest in a room. 4. Light your garden, Sarah explains. With the trend for kitchen extensions with sliding glass doors, you certainly do not want to add curtains or blinds but this can make your kitchen feel like a goldfish bowl at night due to the reflections. To avoid this, a few carefully placed light fittings in your garden to highlight key features will draw your eye outside, creating an increased feeling of space inside.

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now we are seeing a range of different textures, such as raffia, wood, silk and chrome. “When used in fabric or wood over a dining table, pendants undoubtedly soften the scheme, which is particularly important in kitchens,” explains Emma. “Globe lights, in the form of pendants, floor lamps and table lamps, continue to be popular as they complement most schemes.” The range and use of wall lights and sconces are on the rise with some exciting, fresh designs around. Emma Green says: “Wall lights can look good in almost any room. I’ve used them in a dining room to frame the artwork and also to add interest. They add an ever-important layer of lighting.

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I usually aim to place wall lights at eye height, or sometimes just above depending on the size of the actual fitting and what they are shining down on to.” Use them to throw light shapes down plain hallway walls when switched on, and to add a decorative element when off. In response to our exposure to blue light, colour temperature is also becoming a lighting buzzword. Warmer LED lights create cosy spaces as an antidote to our tech-saturated lives. “So often colour temperature is ignored and can result in a lounge looking like an office and not an area for relaxation,” says Emma. “Aim for a temperature of at least 2700K.”

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IT’S ALL IN THE COMMUNICATION Husband and wife team, Helen and Rob Wood set up The Simply Construction Group (Simply Loft, Simply Extend and Simply Basement) with one clear aim: to take the stress out of the build for their clients. Ten years later, and they are still developing ways to make the design and build process easier, smoother, more transparent and even more financially viable for clients

Here are just a few reasons why this specialist in extensions, loft conversions and basements is still going strong with hundreds of successful projects and more importantly happy clients, under its belt.

According to the team at Simply, it’s all about communications As well as a dedicated project manager who communicates regularly with clients on every aspect of the build, the Customer Services Manager calls clients fortnightly and visits properties, doing spot checks on the quality and the tidiness of the work. Co-founder Rob Wood has even devised a user-friendly dashboard system which clients can log into. All the documents including contracts, planning permissions, designs, job specifications, agreements, invoices and receipts are saved here alongside a timeline which shows the progress of the project and flags up any possible delays to the

project manager, architects and the client so there is complete transparency and accountability. All jobs, big and small are logged into the dashboard so that there is no room for misinterpretation. Simply know that cost can be a major cause of stress too, so the team has devised several ways to make building work more accessible for their clients. For one, they work to a fixed price eliminating that nagging worry that there might be unforeseen costs down the line. They also price match. If you can get a quote from a similar company that offers the same services, then they will attempt to match it. Also, because they are specialists in lofts, basements and extensions, they can work on all three simultaneously so there is only one insurance company to deal with, one timeline, and one team of architects and builders, reducing the costs of the build, streamlining the communications, and guaranteeing consistently high quality workmanship throughout.

And if it’s just a loft you are after, Simply Loft has this year become a registered Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) credit broker. This means that they can offer finance for up to half of the cost of the loft conversion under a ‘buy now pay later’ or ‘monthly repayments’ scheme. For the former, the client pays half of the cost of the conversion in staged payments and has a whole 12 months interest free to pay back the other half after the project has completed. For the monthly payment scheme, the client pays half the cost of the project in staged payments, but can split the remaining 50% over monthly payments of up to ten years at a 7.9% APR. The application takes as little as four hours to approve so you can get started on your build pretty much immediately. This not only opens up opportunities for families wanting to expand but also enables clients to consider upping their spec and ultimately getting their dream loft conversion without having to compromise. The team at Simply has really thought of it all, providing a safe pair of hands throughout what can otherwise be a very nerve-wracking time.


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SIDE RETURNS A side return can totally transform a house. Opening up the floor plan gives a real sense of space, not to mention the ample amount of natural light gained, and the easy connection and flow to the garden. Emma Green stresses the importance of a side return design linking to the rest of the house, “to create a flow into the new room, and so that the sharp lines and hard materials are softened a little, with wood, upholstered seating or even wallpaper to make it feel more welcoming.”

3 1. Natural light fills the space as it pours in from the glazed roof - dRaw Architecture. Photography: Malcolm Menzies. 2. The exposed brick wall is the perfect contrast to the Crittall-style glazing by MGI UK dRaw Architecture. Photography: Malcolm Menzies. 3. A neutral palette showcasing subtle furnishings beneath a pocket of natural light - Emma Green Design 4. An eclectic side return filled with colour and personality - Run Projects. Photography: Chris Snook.

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5. Opening up the space will instantly brighten up the interior - Plus Rooms. 6. The view from the outside is a vital element to this design - Run Projects. Photography: Chris Snook. 7. The clear run of glass along the side return makes for a strong contemporary energy - Bygga. 8. Add drama with this double-height side and back extension - Granit Architecture + Interiors. 9. Clean lines fill this space, while bold lighting shows off each area - Clara Bee.





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and is incredibly resistant which is very important in Britain’s wet climate. “Customers also like the fact that our cedar doors are handmade. It gives them an air of authenticity and depth. Some of our customers even pop in while their doors are being made to see the process and to meet our joiners which we always welcome,” he adds. Added to this are the company’s green credentials. The family aim to be as environmentally friendly as possible, sourcing wood from sustainable forests in Canada and ensuring there is no wastage by using the offcuts to make garden furniture. The glass in their doors and windows has a low U value too, meaning that they retain heat making them more energy efficient for homeowners. Daniel says, “Modern minimalist, industrial design and Crittall-style doors are still very much in vogue as are slimline sliding doors which take up less space and maximise indoor-outdoor living. But customers still want traditional Shaker style doors too, especially for Victorian and Edwardian homes. We are able to cover a wide range of styles by manufacturing our own doors as well as

offering a range of other quality brands.” The Cedar Bifold Company are premium partners of top aluminium brands, Centor, Origin and Aïr providing competitive prices for clients while offering durable, secure, fully insulated and stylish doors to suit a variety of budgets – from mid-market upwards – and tastes. At the top end of the range is Centor, an Australian company and winner of the prestigious Red Dot design award. Some of their latest trends are bifold doors with integrated insect screens and fabric sunscreens in a variety of colours. Of the British brands, Origin provide unique security features such as antifinger trap gaskets in the doors which is great for families, and Aïr manufacture highly engineered sliding doors with a really smooth lift and slide system. Unlike other run-of-the-mill door and window providers, the Cedar Bifold Company pride themselves on being very hands-on with their clients, making the process as smooth as possible from manufacturing to installation and aftercare. In their initial consultation, clients can choose from a wide selection of windows and doors including internal doors, fire rated doors and wooden room partitions. Their fitters work closely with the client’s builders to ensure a seamless installation, but if any problems occur Jeremy, who has over 40 years in the property industry, is on hand to solve them so the customer doesn’t have to. The Cedar Bifold Company is truly unique. A family business born and bred in Wandsworth that has made a name for itself across London and beyond with its attention to detail, high quality materials, immaculate craftmanship and great customer care, enabling clients to achieve the design they want with the peace of mind that it will last a lifetime.




1 2 Introducing a new kitchen is a big project and the breadth of options is breathtaking. Colour is huge this year, “The biggest colour trend is for green kitchens – it’s a good base colour that works well with most other shades,” suggests Sam Hart, designer at Roundhouse. And he adds: “Don’t confine beautiful accessories to the living space – be bold and display prints, books and artworks in the kitchen.”





When considering your new kitchen’s style, think about which kitchen you’d like to walk into in the morning, which kitchen you‘d like to spend a quiet afternoon in on your own, and which kitchen you will love forever despite the trends. Once you have the answer to these three questions, you will have your style choice.

1. A waterfall worktop can break up coloured cabinetry and flooring - Roundhouse. 2. Green is on trend for 2020. Contrast with white and wood for a softened approach - Roundhouse. 3. A subtle inclusion of a shelf or two can make a huge impression once styled with personal artwork and items Roundhouse. 4. Darker tones of green, like Farrow & Ball’s Duck Green, make a great base for styling a rustic kitchen Farrow & Ball. 5. A tonal splashback of shapely tiles makes for a striking backdrop - Fired Earth. 6. Marble and marble effect isn’t going anywhere anytime soon - Kitchen Connections. 7. Open shelving creates an area of interest and curiosity Kitchen Connections.

The kitchen is the centre of the modern home providing a space to cook, entertain, rest and play. Open-plan kitchens are at the heart of the home and thoughtfully designed space can change the way we do things and bring a positive feel to everyday life. When looking at photographs of a kitchen, ask yourself what you like about it - is it the colour, the textures, or the style of the doors? Perhaps if you are not drawn to a particular style, you might be more driven by the feel that it projects on your home.


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The size and shape of your room will determine the suitable design, but when laying out your kitchen it’s important to keep the main tasks in mind: preparing, serving and cleaning up. Remember it’s not all about storage; flow is an important consideration. Also, in an open-plan space, you should focus on the kitchen’s relationship with the dining table and other zones. Make sure the primary pathway through the kitchen is hazard-free and will not be obstructed by the fridge or oven door when open. Consider the classic working triangle to minimise effort and distance between the sink, fridge and cooker. The kitchen island shouldn’t be too close or too far from your major appliances such as ovens, dishwasher and fridge, but should be located within a comfortable arm’s reach from each of these. For the best outcome, you should visualise your new layout in 3D. Source: Kitchen Connections


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8. Traditional cabinetry can be brought right up-to-date when finished with urban colours and contemporary lighting - Simply Extend 9. Ceiling-height kitchen cupboards can be stylish with the addition of a ladder - Green Sheen Construction.


MIX IT UP IN THE KITCHEN Now is the time to mix it up when it comes to kitchen design. In recent times it has been more typical to stick to either traditional painted, framed cabinetry or to go for a more streamlined handle-less look. Instead, throw away the rule book and combine the two. Here are some clever tips to help you combine designs which would normally seem to be at odds with one another. • Choose your paint colour carefully – a neutral dark grey or green is a good base colour for matt lacquer hand-painted classic framed cabinetry as it will work with pretty much any shade • Give the kitchen an urban edge with solid smoked bronze handles • Use an entirely different material for the handle-less cabinetry, preferably something with a textured finish such as Rough Sawn Oak • Bring the whole look together with a textured worktop such as Nero Assoluto with a linen finish Source: Roundhouse






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DINNER PARTY PAELLA INGREDIENTS • 200g of squid, 500g mussels, 8 x large raw prawns • 1 chopped onion & 3 garlic cloves sliced • 2 chopped tomatoes • 1 tsp La Chinata sweet paprika • 950ml El Navarrico fish stock fumet, 80ml water and a pinch of Brindisa saffron • 400g Calasparra rice • 6 El Navarrico Piquillo peppers in strips

10. This striking marble surface and splashback breaks up the white with interest Onestà. 11. A thread of brass throughout this kitchen is softly included through smaller elements such as the open shelving, the kitchen tap, and hardware - Stanza Interior Design. 12. Multiple finishes break a space down and make it more interesting to be in - Onestà. 13. Open up a larder space for an extra pop of vibrant colour to mix things up - Granit Architecture + Interiors. 14. Combining the dining table with the island creates a social hub where people can gather as well as cook - Eclectic Interiors.

METHOD 1. Fry the onions and garlic; add the tomatoes, and cook for a few minutes; stir in the paprika and squid. 2. Add fish stock, water and saffron and bring to the boil; stir in the rice - then do not stir again. Cook for about 5 minutes then reduce the heat to low. 3. Arrange the rest of the seafood and pepper strips over the rice. Continue to cook until the liquid is absorbed. 4. Remove from heat, cover with a tea towel, and leave to rest for 5 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.

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15. For a herbaceous take on the island, this integrated herbs sink ensures fresh ingredients are at hand and ready to cook with - Eclectic Interiors. 16. This U-shaped kitchen shows clearly where the cooking zone starts and the living area stops— BPM Kitchens. 17. An all dark kitchen, both cabinetry and worktop is brought to life with skylights and an opening out onto the garden - BPM Kitchens.


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Extending our indoor living space outdoors has always been popular and now there’s a move to the connection with nature starting in the very hub of the home, says Anna Sadej of Kitchen Connections “This year it is all about connecting with nature; think botanical wallpaper, plants, living garden walls, rich oaks and hard-wearing rattan furniture, bringing the outside in,” explains Anna Sadej, owner of Kitchen Connections. From colours associated with nature to sustainable kitchens, this year we are all going green in Nappy Valley. The term biophilic design has been around for a while in the commercial world, but 2020 is the year when it will quite literally plant itself in the homeowner’s psyche. Biophilic is a design concept connecting us to the great outdoors in our homes and workspaces. It draws upon our human affinity to connect with the natural world and is believed to reduce stress, stimulate the senses, increase focus and productivity and inspire creativity. The kitchen is the heart of the home, where we cook, eat and socialise together and so it’s important to feel relaxed and happy in this space. And when it comes to design, it’s about the natural flow of movement, where the sunlight comes in from and how it plays off the colours and textures of your surfaces. Anna enthuses about all the new colours she is sampling, such as sky and ocean blues, different hues of green and natural beige and brown stone colours. She exclaims excitedly that “the age of grey is over!” In terms of kitchen furniture, Anna predicts a shift away from glossy kitchens to dark oak cabinets, with bronzes, concretes and more natural and rustic looking kitchen cabinets. Shaker style kitchens will continue to be popular but in darker matt colours. But beauty is just skin-deep. Clients are increasingly passionate about their kitchen’s carbon footprint. Anna sources kitchen units from German manufacturer Schüller, where reclaimed oak and recycled steel are part and parcel of

the manufacturing process. The waste generated in the factory is burnt in a thermally clean way to generate energy for the entire company and a local village to boot, and a fleet of eco-friendly and fuelsaving trucks transport the units to the UK. As well as high-spec and cutting edge kitchen design, Anna is also a supplier of top quality smart appliances and brands such as Miele and Siemens, securing competitive rates for her clients, although they can select other brands too. The dishwashers, washing machines and tumble dryers are all triple rated, the induction hobs only heat up the surface area covered by pans, the fridges use 20% less energy and are chemical free, and the combined instant hot taps, filters and sparkling water taps save energy, making the entire kitchen more environmentally friendly and economical in the long run. Anna and her colleague, Magda Zawadzka visit clients’ homes, or where an entirely new kitchen is being built into a side return or a basement they will review the construction blueprints to draw

up design plans which they input into their 3D software. This enables clients to visualise different layouts and to make any changes they want on the spot. Everything from the worktops to the furniture and appliances has guarantees but Anna says, “We live in a small community and we care about our clients so if something goes wrong in one of our kitchens outside of the guarantee period, we’ll send one of our fitters around and if it’s easy enough to fix, then we’ll fix it. I see many of my clients around town, I say hello to them on the street, I want to make sure they are happy with their kitchens for many years to come.” Kitchen Connections has been designing and fitting Nappy Valley with stunning kitchens for almost 20 years and has gone from strength to strength over the last six years with Anna at the helm. She has loyal customers across Earlsfield, Southfields, Wimbledon and Wandsworth who have no qualms in recommending her, resulting in 80% of her business being through word of mouth.







An open-plan space gives everyone room to breathe and is especially good for family life. Clever use of contrasting colours and materials can create depth within the area.

5 1. Keeping the island parallel to the dining table creates continuity and flow - Granit Architecture + Interiors. 2. This dining area has been positioned underneath the skylight to maximise the light, and original reception doors have been painted the same colour as the kitchen to integrate the older character with the new kitchen design - Plus Rooms. 3. An open-plan layout can make a smaller space feel much bigger - OnestĂ . 4. Overlooking the living room area from the kitchen island makes for a sociable space at any time Simply Extend. 5. Running an open-plan kitchen and dining area seamlessly 4 into the garden will give the impression of even more space at any time of the year - Good London Builders. 6. Cooking, eating and living in one space will most likely bring the family together more often, and at ease - Bygga.








BROKEN-PLAN Subtle barriers are an elegant and stylish way of zoning areas for different purposes. Crittall-style doors are ideal, so too bookshelves, art panels or standalone fireplaces and media walls. “With the rear of the house so open, clients are increasingly keen to keep one room on the ground floor closed off and separate,” says Run Projects. “This is particularly important for families with young children or teenagers.” 2





6 1. A large sofa can create a big enough divide for a broken-plan layout but is low enough to still include everyone within the space - Roundhouse. 2. Wide pillars and a central staircase help zone this ground floor - And Architects. Photography: Marcus Peel. 3. A fireplace like this is a striking way to intersect areas Granit Architecture + Interiors. 4. Having the option of doors between two continuous rooms is convenient, but furniture can also help to partition spaces - GW Cabinetry. 5. Adding an end surface on to the kitchen with open shelving breaks up the floor plan in a subtle way - Ensoul. 6. Parallel Crittall-style doors for the inside space and out can create a connection between rooms, and leads to the view of the garden from afar - Run Projects. Photography: Chris Snook. 7. Striking, free-standing screens divide two distinct living spaces, creating privacy yet not fully breaking up the room - Hill House Interiors.





BASEMENTS With extra room in the basement, there’s a whole other level with which to be playful. “Get as much headroom as possible,” cautions Bygga. “And include as much natural light, whether from lightwells or windows or by the staircase.” As for function, that’s easy, says Ensoul. “Our clients want to bring as much under their roof as possible to enjoy every minute at home with their partners and families. This has translated into a trend for home cinemas, wine cellars, gyms and even hotel-like spas as well as the counterpoint – a fully functioning home study.”


1. A cinema room in the basement is a design that can be thoroughly enjoyed by all - Ensoul. 2. Allocating a space for the children such as this gymnasium could be something to embrace - Ensoul. 3. Showcasing a special collection forms a focal point as well as a talking point - Good London Builders. 4. If you’re partial to a party, a bar in the basement could be just what you need - Ensoul. 5. Utilise the basement to its full potential. Multiple uses such as this gym and lounge are segregated by Crittall-style dividers keeping the space open and light, while accommodating more than one user - Good London Builders.











6. This inspiring study space in the basement takes you away from your everyday surroundings - Hughes Developments. 7. Defining the basement from the outside makes it its own separate space but still in keeping with the rest of the home Hughes Developments. 8. An extra lounge space is a real luxury. Having another space to escape and relax or even play some games is a good feeling - Decimus Design. 9. This frameless window gives a view through to natural light, opening up the space that little bit more - Hughes Developments. 10. If you’re seriously into your wine, you may need a space to store it Bygga. 11. Continuing your home downstairs into the lower level stretches out the space making it an everyday place to go - Hughes Developments. 12. A natural pathway is created in this basement, but with the frameless window and open doorway it still portrays an open floor plan - Hughes Developments. 13. Making a feature of the basement from an external point of view also allows light to travel into the lower level of the house - Good London Builders. 14. Enjoy the inside and outside, a private space which flows outdoors into another private space Hughes Developments.




APPOINTING A HARDWOOD FLOOR FITTER If properly fitted, your floor should last for decades. So who to use? 1. Testimonals: Look for genuine recommendations, testimonials and the best review websites (eg. Google, Trustpilot), or your hardwood supplier may recommend a fitter. 2. Portfolio: Look at examples of the fitter’s work, including prestige commercial premises.

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3. Specialists: Fitting a hardwood floor demands knowledge, experience and specialist skills. General builders don’t have these qualities. 4. Quotations: A good quotation costs out all the details; if your floor has not been properly surveyed, accept the quotation at your peril! 5. Face-to-face meeting: Does the fitter know what he is talking about? His work will intrude on your lifestyle - can you trust him? 6. Ecology: Be sure that timber for your floors is responsibly sourced and fully certified. A conscientious fitter should tell you if the old floor can be restored. Source: H S Wood Flooring





LOFTS 2 Opening up your loft space may just give you endless views you wish you’d discovered sooner. It’s the perfect place for guest bedrooms, en suites, a study or somewhere to chill and soak up the views. Simply Loft has other ideas: “Small loft conversions are great for a kid’s room; sliding a single bed under the eaves space works really nicely,” says Helen Wood.

1. Great views from great heights are perfect for looking out on from a study space - dRaw Architecture. Photography: Malcolm Menzies. 2. Built-in storage is a good use of the lower heights. Why not make a feature out of it? - dRaw Architecture. Photography: Malcolm Menzies. 3. Good lighting and brightly-coloured furniture add interest to this loft sitting room - Dermarta Construction. 4. Keeping the palette light will allow natural light to bounce around the room - Simply Loft. 5. Different levels in the loft are good for zoning different areas - Simply Loft. 6. Make the most of the space and include an en suite to the master bedroom for your own private haven - Emma Green Design. 7. Interest in a child’s loft bedroom with wood-panelled ceiling and walls - Mascot.




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8. Enjoy the framed view of rooftops while you bathe away your troubles - Run Projects. Photography: Chris Snook. 9. Soft pastel shades, bags of wardrobe space and a window seat make the most of this child’s loft bedroom - Architect Your Home. 10. A statement bath against a dark backdrop and a frame of nature is the perfect place to start or finish the day - Granit Architecture + Interiors. 11. Positioning the bed beneath the skylights offers views of starry skies - Run Projects. Photography: Chris Snook. 12. An internal partition divides this loft space. The bed faces the garden and creates space for an en suite in the front roof slope area - Plus Rooms. 13. Knowing that there is a sauna just upstairs, it’ll be much easier to relax in your own home - Ensoul. 14. Rather than heading out to the gym, make your own at home tailored to your needs and wants - Ensoul. 15. A one-colour room with quirky storage makes this space a unique hideaway - Bethell Projects.


MAXIMISING SPACE IN A LOFT Be as efficient as possible with the space in your potential conversion. If you are having a bedroom and a bathroom, try to design the position of the new bathroom next to where the new loft stairs climb into the newly created loft space. This normally helps to maximise the use of the space efficiently. Also think about placing either a toilet or a bath underneath the sloping eaves to make the space in a loft bathroom work well. Many older properties also have a chimney breast in the attic area – think about removing it in order to gain extra inches of space. Source: Simply Loft

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By being creative with the space and layering luxurious textured textiles and colours, your bedroom can turn into the most stylish boutique-style boudoir. “Many owners are choosing to forgo a spare bedroom to create the next level of luxury – their own dressing area and en suite bathroom linked to the master bedroom,” says Clara Bee.

1. A statement headboard is a strong luxury feature to sit above the bed like artwork - Andrew Martin. 2. Floor to ceiling views and a light-coloured room with plenty of natural light creates the perfect space to display colourful artwork and accessories - Granit Architecture + Interiors. 3. Designed by Salvesen Graham and decorated by Paint The Town Green with Dignity eco-paint in eggshell for woodwork, this bedroom has a good balance of gentle colour and pattern worked into it - Paint The Town Green. 4. Soft pastel hues and detailed panelling update this traditional bedroom with interest and depth - Run Projects. Photography: Chris Snook. 5. Layering fabrics and textures builds up a rich mixture of pattern to show off your personality - Stanza Interior Design. 6. A mirrored wall with fitted wall lights allows for more space on the dressing table - Stanza Interior Design. 7. Get in touch with your linear side, layers of subtle lines in various finishes and colours connect the space. Shown is the Imperial Purple W40 Modern Eggshell - Farrow & Ball. 8. Wood-panelled walls, natural flooring and simple pendant lights create a Scandi-chic bedroom – And Architects. 9. Embracing the architecture you have can lead to a neat layout with lots of interesting storage - K&H Design. 10. A headboard becomes an entire wall of decadence in this bedroom - Angel O’Donnell. 11. Lead on from your master bedroom to an en suite for that extra privacy and luxury - Clara Bee.






WARDROBE DESIGN Budget: Choose between a joiner for a fully bespoke layout, or fitted modular wardrobes modified to fit the space Design: In the initial phase of designing your room layout you can create the perfect space to accommodate a walk-in wardrobe, either completely open to the bedroom, or with a sliding door.





Storage: With fitted wardrobes you can have either sliding or hinged doors. Sliding doors are perfect for small spaces and a modern look. Hinged doors give greater flexibility, either flat-fronted or with details and handles for a more traditional look. Internals: Elevations are crucial to get the best from your wardrobe. Think of which sections you will use more often and have them at the best height. Combine floating drawers, hanging rails and shelves. Lighting: Always use internal lighting on a sensor so you can see everything clearly. Source: Stanza Interior Design

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8 1. Quirky storage like this doll’s house set of drawers sits perfectly between twin beds and the high patterned headboards in Andrew Martin’s Midnight Theatre fabric. Cushions in Denim Parade fabric - Andrew Martin. 2. A white space with an interesting light fitting is easier to update through soft furnishings as children grow older - Simply Extend. 3. A dramatic blue feature wall anchors the colour scheme for this bedroom - Good London Builders. 4. Colour block walls make a kid’s bedroom playful, especially when panelled. Here, there’s a combination of Farrow & Ball’s Pale Powder No. 204, De Nimes No.299, and Preference Red No. 297 - Farrow & Ball. 5. Cosy corners are essential for kids’ bedrooms, somewhere to snuggle up and read a book - Stanza Interior Design. 6. Built-in bunk beds and an extra one close by are a great use of space when room sharing. The shelving and under the bed storage free up extra floorspace - And Architects 7. A big magnetic wall to play with and stick notes and inspiration on - Run Projects. Photography: Chris Snook. 8. Using alcoves for storage furniture tucks it away neatly, leaving room to play - Run Projects. Photography: Chris Snook.





BATHROOMS 2 From brassware and tiling to colour and shape, there are plenty of options to bring life and pure pampering into your bathroom. “Black brassware is very much on trend now,” says BPM Bathrooms.

1. Natural limestone tiling on the walls, floor and shower tray, a stone basin and vanity unit made from lava stone and a picture window to take advantage of Battersea Park in this penthouse apartment – Granit Architecture + Design. 2. This dark green adds a twist on the traditional architecture and contemporary monochrome bathroom design - Stanza Interior Design. 3. Matt black brassware is striking in an all-white bathroom - Stanza Interior Design. 4. Dramatic wallpaper and dark woodwork make for a stand-out loo - Clara Bee. 5. Reclaimed furniture can add an interesting historic quality to the bathroom and be built up by other soft furnishings - Run Projects. Photography: Chris Snook. 6. Victorian tiles are back in fashion and add interest to a small room - Kelmscott Home Improvement.






7. This bathroom tempts the outside in with a set of three windows offering natural light and styled greenery - John Osborn Design. 8. Playful walls contrast with the otherwise traditional furnishings and fittings in this bathroom - K&H Design. Photography: Simon Brown. 9. Pattern and colour are key in this bathroom. Decorated by Paint The Town Green with Emily Bond wallpaper and eco-paint Ruby in eggshell for woodwork - Paint The Town Green. 10. Reflecting the chosen finish of brassware in other places such as the mirror, lighting and towel rail can help thread your theme throughout the bathroom. Interior design by Baker and Hurst; tiles by Claybrook Studio; vanity unit by Burlington; Private Universe eco-paint by Paint The Town Green. 11. Black brassware pops out in an all-white bathroom - BPM Bathrooms.






BLACK BEAUTY Black brassware for showers and taps is very much on point with more manufacturers and suppliers launching something new every few months. Black is beautiful for sure but the extent to which you use black in a bathroom should be limited if you live in London. There is no doubt that black is striking and makes for a fabulous feature, but the limescale damage that the capital’s water often causes should also be considered. It’s a little boring perhaps, but black is only beautiful as long as it stays black, without the limescale, so someone must be prepared to maintain the look. As always, something new often has a premium price; it’s a price worth paying if style is the driving force. Source: BPM Bathrooms & Kitchens





The garden is a place to bring your home outdoors, with an outdoor kitchen, a play area, built-in seating, an office and beautiful landscaping. It’s also the place to be planet friendly, says Neal’s Nurseries. “Sustainable soil will become more important. Gardeners will be using more environmentally-friendly materials such as wood fibre and green waste compost.”

1 1. There’s nothing better than gathering around a built-in fireplace on a summer’s evening with ambient lighting and a comfortable floating bench to lounge on - Harrington Porter. 2. This outdoor space is given interest through its multiple levels and materials – Blue Team. 3. A painted playhouse built on stilts adds a sense of adventure - Harrington Porter. 4. An outdoor Kamado-style smoker and BBQ built into a small kitchen station is part of a city courtyard garden - Harrington Porter.








5. Outdoor kitchens are ideal for entertaining. This project includes a table-top gas BBQ unit, outdoor fridge and granite worktop, as well as Sonos outdoor speakers and heaters Harrington Porter. 6. This minimalist garden full of greenery offers a quiet spot in which to hang out – Blue Team. 7. Floor to ceiling glass openings allow a natural extension of the inside space out onto the terrace - Orchestrate/Granit Architecture + Design. 8. A neat four-seater set “Fresco’ with space-saving stacking armchairs – Neal’s Nurseries. 9. A glass balustrade shows off the surrounding views to whoever is dining on this terrace - Orchestrate/Granit Architecture + Design. 10. A simple built-in bench with pattern livens up this outdoor space - Stanza Interior Design. 11. This courtyard fits the dining table in perfectly, with no fuss made. A higher rear fence shields overlooking views - Run Projects. Photography: Chris Snook.

GARDEN LANDSCAPING CHOICES COMPOSITE DECKING Pros: weather resistant, no splintering or rotting, low maintenance, colour variety. Cons: colour may fade, soft material that scratches easily, costs 50-70% more than conventional decking. SOFTWOOD DECKING Pros: lowest cost and installation, natural look and warmth, can stain different colours. Cons: high maintenance, not so ‘luxe’ looking, lowest life expectancy, trees are cut down for its production. ARTIFICIAL GRASS Pros: durability, safe surface, low maintenance, no irrigation, always green. Cons: surface heat, can melt under intense sunlight reflected off doors

NATURAL STONE Pros: natural appearance, variety of colours, sizes and patterns, lower installation cost. Cons: absorb moisture which can freeze causing cracks, some require sealing, all porous stone is high maintenance.

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PORCELAIN TILES Pros: long-lasting, frost-proof, low maintenance, fade and slip resistant, contemporary look. Cons: higher cost and installation, never a natural look. BRICK WALLS VS RENDERED WALLS Pros: a brick wall costs 30-40% less Cons: high maintenance and may crack due to movement, physical damage or chemicals – a silicone render can avoid these issues. Source: Blue Team Landscaping London




INDOOR PLANTS FOR HEALTH AND HEALING Home greenery reduces stress and anxiety, humidifies a dry house, aids against depression, and according to NASA’s Clean Air Study, naturally purifies the air: Aloe Vera: provides moisture and hydration for the skin, supports a healthy immune system, acts as a detoxifier and is a great source of vitamins Snake Plant: reduces toxins and pollution in the atmosphere Lavender: improves sleep and helps with restlessness, nervousness, anxiety and depression



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Five projects, five brilliant designs. When it comes to a period Victorian property, there’s more potential for innovation and originality across the ground floor than you may imagine, says Georgina Blaskey Deciding to extend and reconfigure the ground floor of your home is a hugely exciting prospect and one with more scope than you may at first realise. These days, pushing out to your garden wall via a side return is standard practice for maximum width, but how you design the rest of the ground floor is far from prescriptive. At the back of the house, the flat fourth wall in glass is still the most common upgrade - and with good reason - but experimenting with angles and spaces to create an unusual, design-led feature is growing in popularity and allowing architects to flex their creative muscles. As the family gravitates towards the back of the house, what happens to the former ‘front room’? Check out our five design solutions to ensure the entire ground floor is well used for family living. Obviously budget is a key factor here, and Plus Rooms has a handy calculator on its website to help you cost up your plans ( but you can expect to pay from £50,000 for the most basic ground floor extension (including building work, plumbing, electricity, glazing and external doors, and applicable VAT).

floor can be an open flowing space or it can be three separate rooms. The design itself maximises space. We discovered an old foundation beyond the existing walls at the rear, which meant we could go further out within the confines of permitted development. Sometimes maximising space isn’t just about design, it’s about knowing the grey areas! Just because it’s open-plan doesn’t mean it can’t be zoned. Within the new extension are three distinct areas - the modern, selfcontained Bulthaup kitchen, the dining area (the glass above announces it as its own space), and the sunken area, which is cosy and feels like you’re in a compact space. By

CASE STUDY 1 DRAW ARCHITECTS OPEN-PLAN WITH SUNKEN AREA All original areas of the property reflect the original proportions but the new extension isn’t intended to blend in to the rest of the house. It is meant to feel like a new part and there is a deliberately clean line between old and new. The original double reception room can be opened up so there is the potential to have one big space. But you can also partition off rooms using doors, so the entire ground

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being sunken, it means you don’t see the back of furniture towards the garden; it gives you better sight lines. Large spaces can be cold and uninteresting. The wood on the walls grounds the scheme and warms it aesthetically; its vertical lines lift the space. There should never be any real wall space in this kind of design, it can lead to tedium in the area. On these four walls there is kitchen, glass, joinery and then two openings to the rest of the house. It feels luxurious as a result. Often in Victorian properties, people tend to cram the space. I like to let it breathe. It’s better.

we have used a casual dining table in the rear extension for day-to-day dining. The extension is very modern. This was achieved by purchasing new furniture for the extension and upgrading the furniture in the existing ground floor so that it all works together. We also used the same colour palette throughout.



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The layout of this house has essentially remained the same but the materials used have been updated, complementing the original features. For this project the architect specified Crittall doors and partitions, and internal brick walls. The change in level on the ground floor also keeps the traditional character. The use of glazed panels throughout the ground floor opens up the space creating sight lines to the furthest point, so the space feels connected. The storage is re-designed to create a modern space that is liveable, as everything has its place. Modern design concentrates the space needed for items. The clients entertain regularly and they wanted to give that middle room a real function so it’s a dining room with an integrated bar. The second living room is often overlooked, and the dining table overtakes the kitchen area. In this instance



CASE STUDY 3 PLUS ROOMS INCORPORATING THE GARDEN We have tried to be sympathetic in our use of materials as well as in our design to ensure the new extension sits well with the character of the original property. The choice of brickwork and tiles ensured we maintained the tones and textures, for example the dark grey tiles and aluminium cladding match the colour of the existing roof. The angle on the pitch down the side return helps to break up and soften the overall design and offers nice light reach through the glass, angled into the darker original zones. The angle of the roof has been accentuated by the angled fixed glass panel adjacent to the folding doors at the rear, again offering a twist on the more standard rectangular rear openings. The benefit of doing this is not only in the aesthetics of the design, but also in

maximising the glass and light at the rear and helping to create more connection and aspect with the garden. The predominant glass backdrop to the extension highlights this even when the doors are closed and makes the space feel bigger. Traditional front spaces often struggle for light and have limited, if any, view. This rear space has the opportunity to connect with the outside through aspect and to bring lots of light into the space. Living spaces thrive on being open and bright, so by combining the kitchen/living/dining area we take full advantage of the benefits that this plan brings. The garden really does feel like it is part of the house with this design, even when the folding doors are closed. This feel has been achieved by maintaining the same floor levels and floor covering from inside to out, as well as having maximum glazing. A similar flow is achieved with the interior and exterior boundary walls, allowing a seamless run from inside to out.

SHUTTERS – THE INSIDE EDGE • Trust your instincts - choose a colour that you are both comfortable with and love • Complementary colours are great for enthusiasts of bold colours; neutral décor devotees can choose classical whites • Coloured shutters can be the accent in the room or can lift interiors when painted in white hues • Choose bigger louvers for large window panels or if you like more light • For bedrooms - especially for children – combine shutters with a blackout roller blind attached discreetly inside the frame • For front rooms on street level, consider café-style installation for privacy whilst letting in daylight from the top tier • Solid panel and louvered shutters with tilt rods are ideal for period properties; for contemporary interiors look for styles without the rod or moulding details on the stiles • Consider finishing touches such as the colour and finish of hinges, tilt rods and mechanisms • Think about the environment – choose a provider that uses sustainable wood sources Source: The Traditional Shutter Company


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At the front of the house the entrance hall, front room, staircase and hall to the rear have been left intact and so the proportions of these spaces remain the same as when the house was originally built. The heritage and authenticity of the house are retained, though aspects have been given a modern twist, such as painting the stair spindles in a darker shade. This property also benefits from a wide and open entrance hallway with original tiling. By retaining small details, such as the original tiled flooring and the wooden handrail to the staircase, one is physically connected to the original features of this house. Having completely open-plan ground floor


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spaces might make homes feel larger and lighter, but they present owners with practical challenges when it comes to actually living in them - not everyone wants to be together all the time! This property benefits from a combined living/dining/cooking zone at the rear of the house, which is modern and contemporary in feel. This is where the owners spend the vast majority of their time. The front reception room feels a very modern and contemporary space but it successfully retains a sense of tradition. This is achieved through the fireplace, the parquet flooring and the windows, which are all either original or a nod to the original character of the house. By having the kitchen set back slightly from the rear of the house the owners can enjoy a wide and open living space, which connects directly to their garden. The kitchen is still at the heart of this living zone but it does not dominate the space. The glazing has been maximised in both height and width to allow for maximum light and connection to the garden. The living zone spans the full width of the house whilst the kitchen sits in what might be regarded as the most awkward space. The modern and traditional aspects work wonderfully well together and blend seamlessly. Visually and physically nothing jars in this space - an original tiled floor flows into poured concrete; the traditional front reception room is in a bold blue paint while the modern extension has an air of calm through its simple choice of finishes.

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CASE STUDY 5 ORCHESTRATE DINING ROOM IN THE FRONT ROOM This broken-plan design cleverly divides up the ground floor into very distinctive zones while keeping a strong feeling of connection. By putting the dining room in the naturally smaller space at the front of the house, and the kitchen running between, the larger, wider extension can be dedicated entirely to family living space. If you have young children, this space can easily adapt and develop as they become older. The dining room can become a multi-functioning

room without dominating the ground floor; for example, a quiet space for homework or, with its direct access to the kitchen, a great space for entertaining. This layout has all the benefits of openplan as it feels spacious, light and bright, and it’s a very sociable environment, while retaining a sense of privacy with its divides. There is no wasted space, but there are definite distinctions between where you cook, relax and entertain. While working on this extension and refurbishment we made sure that we did not remove anything unnecessary and that our team took special care not to damage any original features. We installed classic period design elements, such as cornicing

and skirting that were in keeping with the original Victorian ones, and carefully restored what was already there, such as the front door and the architraves, meaning the whole house flows and feels connected.

DOORS ARE KEY Doors, along with many other aspects of a house, are an important feature which deserve care and attention. The right style of door can make all the difference to transforming your home. Whether you go for handcrafted wooden doors which are perfect for period style homes, or slim aluminium doors for modern designs, you will use them daily. Most people will take care when planning their kitchen or living room design, and doors are a key component. Visiting a local showroom where you can see and use the doors to get a feel for them is advised, rather than just making quick decisions based on price and photographs. For doors that will be used in everyday life, you want to make sure they will not only last but give you years of hassle-free operation and pleasure each time you look at them.


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A truly bespoke kitchen is perfectly made-to-measure for your needs and a big decision for any household. We spoke to kitchen manufacturer CAST By The London Joinery Co to understand the process of creating a kitchen that reflects you and your family Bespoke - CAST’s definition of a bespoke kitchen is: “A kitchen built just for you. A kitchen that is entirely unique to each and every client, with no standard sizing and with everything designed and manufactured from scratch. A kitchen encompassing completely unique designs for every customer.” Sustainable - CAST places sustainability at the forefront of its business with an in-house approach to kitchen design and manufacture. Their joiners will not begin cutting materials until your tailor-made design is exactly as you want it, ensuring both a reduction in waste materials and a perfectly-sized kitchen. CAST try to source all materials naturally, particularly homegrown timber, providing it is structurally sound for the highest quality kitchen. With the majority of their exceptionally talented joiners and painters in-house, time frames are easily met, and with the workshop so close to the office and the most local clients, any issues can be quickly rectified. Design - An initial discussion with the client begins the process, along with consideration of floorplans and other details and requirements. Initial sketches are provided along with a quotation for the work. If the client is happy with the design and price, a site survey is conducted to obtain exact measurements leading to initial CAD drawings. These are then developed to ensure they are satisfactory for all parties involved and once finalised, the materials can be delivered to the workshop for building to start. Client - The client is always key, and from initial discussions on design to the finishing touches, is always kept in close contact and regularly updated through photographs, calls or face-to-face

meetings. In a unique part of the process, the client is invited to the workshop to witness first-hand their bespoke kitchen being built. A good relationship with the client ensures the entire process runs smoothly, and any small issues that may arise can be easily and swiftly resolved. Components - Usually clients will choose from the existing high-quality range of materials, including solid oak and walnut, but CAST can source other materials from trusted suppliers if needed. Similarly, for appliances, CAST works closely with a number of brands such as Siemens, Wolf, Sub-Zero and Lacanche, but other brands can be sourced without issue. Popular worktop finishes include Dekton, Silestone, quartz (Cosentino), solid wood, composite and real marble. Finishing touches - For lighting, handles, drawer and cabinet finishes, Buster +

Punch is a CAST favourite as well as handcrafted, independent suppliers like Armac Martin for shaker-style kitchens. An important part of the design process is to ensure the correct lighting is in place to maximise both the practicality and the overall look of the kitchen. When designing pantry/larder units for example, CAST usually interconnect LED lighting within - entirely bespoke and up to the client. Finally, the kitchen can be linked to an open-plan design through joinery in other areas, often a popular choice. Nitty gritty - The lead time, from the moment the CAD drawings are finalised to installation, is usually six to eight weeks. As each kitchen is bespoke, the price can vary greatly and is dependent on each client’s requirements. With the team’s expertise on design, materials and finishes, the CAST price for a truly bespoke kitchen remains highly competitive.



FEELING THE HEAT What can you do to reduce your impact on the planet? Efficient heating is key but big changes mean investment, while small changes are more instant and involve less outlay. Georgina Blaskey considers the options Deciding to be greener isn’t just about carrying a bag for life with you every time you leave the house. The biggest impact you have on the planet is down to how you heat your home. Over 90% of homes in the UK are heated using a gas or oil boiler. Even with a well-insulated loft, a terraced house heated with a modern gas boiler will produce around 2.75 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year (the equivalent of driving 11,770 miles in a standard car). So how can you cut your carbon footprint and still effectively heat your home? And what are the small things we can all do to reduce our household’s impact on the planet?

HOW CAN YOU CUT YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT AND STILL EFFECTIVELY HEAT YOUR HOME? START WITH THE BASICS Insulation Get some professional advice - the government has a list of domestic energy assessors ( searchAssessor.html) who assess and advise you on your insulation options - the ones suggested here can all be installed in a Victorian home; the assessment costs about £50. Invest in good quality windows and doors to stop heat escaping - or use a foam or tape for a budget-friendly solution. If you have solid walls and not cavity walls, heat will continue to escape. If you live in a mid-terrace Victorian house, you won’t be able to install external wall insulation, but you

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Smart controls These work with almost all condensing and combi boilers. They are also compatible with system and heat only boilers, as well as air source and ground source heat pumps. Nest is a popular choice and allows you to manage your heating when you’re not home from your smart phone or computer, so you can adjust the settings according to the weather or occupancy, leading to a minimum saving of 5% gas consumption. Individual room controls save even more energy. Over five years you should have the outlay covered.

INVESTIGATE HEATING OPTIONS Heat pumps These systems draw in heat from outside and pump it into the house - according to Friends of the Earth, for every unit of electricity you use, it provides three units of heat. And yes, they work even when it’s very cold outside. Hybrid heat pumps work alongside your gas boiler - a smart controller switches between the heat pump and gas boiler to use whichever is lower carbon at the time. An air-source heat pump extracts heat from the air outside (even if it is a cold day) and uses it to heat the water in your radiators and tank, but it won’t make your water as hot as a gas-fired boiler. A ground-source heat pump extracts heat from the ground (so it’ll be in the garden), which is more expensive but also more



Smart controls - 5% saving on gas consumption

Front doors: Modern doors are thicker than original period doors – 65mm, adding more timber and increasing the strength and security. Use Banham mortice locks and two deadlocks.

Heat pump - 30-40% saving on your utility bill Batteries - 30%-40% saving on running costs Infrared heaters - possibly up to 60% a year Solar panels - many homes manage to reduce their electricity spend by as much as 40-50% Biomass boiler - save 3% compared to heating with natural gas and 40% with electricity

efficient than an air-source pump. An air-air heat pump blows warm air into your house (as opposed to heating water in radiators). Cost and installation start at about £12,500 for an air-source or hybrid heat pump; £23,000 for a ground-source heat pump, and £16,500 for an air-air heat pump. In many cases, a government grant is available to help cover some of the cost.

Heat batteries These store up heat for later use for instant hot water for showers and baths, for

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example, as well as radiators. If you plan ahead, you can use your heat pump when the price or carbon intensity is low, but have access to heat whenever you need it. It also means you can get rid of your hot water tank. They can be used with pumps, solar panels or charged with electricity. The installation cost is higher than fitting a hot water tank, but they will reduce running costs by 30-40%. Prices range according to the size of the battery but a Sunamp 5kWh system starts at £1,700 to £7,500 for a 40kWh store (excluding VAT and install).

Infrared heaters Super-thin and lightweight, these heaters heat objects rather than the air, so the fabric of the house (sofas, walls, floors) warm up and radiate heat. Some manufacturers claim they will reduce heating bills by a third compared to standard electric radiators. They can be installed on to ceilings, printed to look

Video doorbells and spy hole camera: New products replacing intercoms and the old spy hole with wifi video cameras that alert you to motion direct to your mobile. Check out and Nest. Also use stick on motion cameras, or upgrade to fixed recordable ones. Glass type: Breaking a doubleglazed window is hard work. Toughened glass is essential for front door glazed panels. Stained glass can be replicated with a doubleglazed unit. Consider laminated glass which does not shatter for more vulnerable locations, such as rear and side access. Window locks and hinges: Sashes should all have dead bolts - ideally in two positions - with lockable catches. On casement windows, handles and stays should be lockable. Door locks: French and folding doors should have multi-point locks often operated with a single handle. Obstructions: Make sure there is no hiding place at the front of the property. Cut hedges and put gravel down. Insurance: Check your policy to see what is required to be adequately insured. Source: Ayrton Bespoke

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QUICK WINS TO HELP REDUCE YOUR FOOTPRINT ON THE PLANET 1. Swap to LED bulbs. Many LEDs have a rated life of up to 50,000 hours. This is approximately 50 times longer than a typical incandescent, 20-25 times longer than a typical halogen, and eight to 10 times longer than a typical CFL. Used 12 hours a day, a 50,000 hour bulb will last more than 11 years. 2. Have window treatments. Bare windows let heat out and cool air in, even when shut, so invest in curtains and blinds. 3. Clean the fridge coils. Get a long, thin brush and use it to gently loosen any lint from the coils under or behind your fridge. This will help it use less energy to keep cool. 4. Clean the filter on your tumble dryer. Clear the lint trap - it’s amazing how much ends up there! It’ll make your machine run more efficiently. 5. Line-dry when possible. Bras, underwear and denim will last longer if you let them air-dry on a washing line or a drying rack - indoors now, outside when it’s warm enough. 6. Upgrade to a smart thermostat. A traditional manual one functions fine, but a smart thermostat (like Nest) will have a setting such as Eco-Mode that automatically stops the heating if the house is empty. 7. Get a set of wool dryer balls. A clever, cost-effective and sustainable option to fabric softeners and plastic dry balls,

wool dryer balls will cut your tumble dry time and remove static electricity. Since the balls make your fabrics softer, there is no need for a liquid fabric softener. 8. Use more rags, fewer paper towels. You don’t have to forego paper towels entirely - that takes serious habit overhaul - but how about using less? Cut up old clothes to make cloths and wash them in a batch whenever you run out, or invest in some eco-cloths. 9. Use cold water when washing your clothes. Hot water can set stains, but cold water gets your clothes just as clean.

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10. Get power strips. And then turn them off whenever you’re done using the things that are plugged in. TVs and chargers can act as ‘vampire appliances’, leeching energy while not in use.

like a picture on a wall, and hidden behind mirrors. It may be worth waiting to see what innovations happen in this area before investing.

11. Treat yourself to a houseplant. Turn CO2 into O2 simply by potting a Ficus Lyrata.

A wood-fuelled heating system that burns wood pellets, chips or logs to power central heating and hot water boilers, this option could benefit from RHI (renewable heat incentive) financial support. The carbon dioxide emitted when wood is burned is the same amount that was absorbed over the months and years that the plant was growing, and as long as fuel is sourced locally, carbon emissions stay low. You’ll need space to store fuel and a flue which meets regulations.

12. Water it with used water. Keep the water you wash your vegetables in or put a bucket outside the door when it’s raining and use that to water your plants. 13. Fill your dishwasher up before running it. There’s no need to turn it on when it’s only half full. 14. Or run it at ‘off-peak’ hours. Some have a delay or time set button. You’ll be reducing peak energy demand on the grid, and you may even be charged less - check with your energy supplier on the most cost-effective times.

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Solar panels These are normally fitted onto a roof facing the sun and can be installed under Permitted Development. Panels produce direct current electricity which has to be converted to a safer alternative current using an inverter box, usually placed in the loft. Cost and installation isn’t cheap and is subject to how many you choose to have, but they will cut your electricity bills. The more electricity the system can generate, the higher the savings on your energy bill will be – but the bigger the initial cost. However, you are unlikely to be able to meet all of your energy needs from solar panels alone.

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According to Citizens Advice, you have a right to be charged for your water on the basis of what you use, so you are entitled to have a meter installed free of charge by your water company, unless it’s not practical or is unreasonably expensive to do so. A meter is a good way to grasp how much water you are using and adjust your habits accordingly. You can find a water meter calculator at





Nappy Valley is a treasure trove of eclectic interiors, homeware shops and galleries. Whether your style is classic or cutting-edge, there is something for everyone on our doorstep. Dina Shoukry unpicks a few of our best finds

CLAPHAM OLD TOWN Clapham Old Town is the epitome of cool. It’s retained its ‘urban’ feel with many independent restaurants, bars, a theatre, a Picturehouse and a Michelinstarred restaurant. The Old Town has had a facelift in recent years and is looking super-smart with some seriously chic places to shop for your home.

Tommy Clarke Studio

Lose yourself in one of Tommy Clarke’s coastal and seascape prints. Tommy has made a career of hanging out of planes taking aerial shots from Cornwall to Mexico and the results are stunning.


Pick your way through this emporium of sensational cut flowers and find the shelves laden with gorgeous plates, vases, plant pots, candles and orchids to brighten up your home.



Beautifully curated, this eco-lifestyle shop, café and zero waste station, is quite literally a breath of fresh air. Common sells sustainable homeware and quirky gifts ranging from blankets and umbrellas made from recycled plastics to bamboo kitchenware.

Locals adore Abbeville Village for its sweet high street and foodie status resplendent with fantastic restaurants, delis, pubs, a wine merchant and a cheese shop.


Husband and wife team Lionel and Claire Cherruault, specialise in family photography, capturing the very essence of childhood in their beautiful black and white portraits. Their photos are a work of art for families to cherish forever.


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Owner and designer Angie Pinkney focuses on attractive pieces that exhibit calm and timeless elegance. Her style ranges from classic British to French country house chic. Let your eyes wander amongst the tranquil white and grey hues of the shop, picking out gorgeous pieces of furniture, vases, bed linens and gifts.

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A magical urban garden and former stables for the horses of Battersea Park, this is a mecca for all things green. Window boxes, house plants, pots, and flowers galore coupled with friendly expert advice, home consultations and same-day local delivery.

Visit Grand Passion for quirky and colourful pieces from cowhides to picture frames, mirrors and humorous mugs adding splashes of happiness to your home.

BATTERSEA PARK RD You can’t go shopping for interiors without visiting Battersea Park Road, well-established in the interiors world and bursting with upholstery, carpet and furniture shops - bespoke, antique and upcycled.


New Vintage

Sustainable production is what this vintage furniture store is all about. The team at New Vintage rework and customise pre-loved items and transform them into glorious oneoff pieces.

Marmorea and Circa

Marmorea is renowned for its antique and reproduction stone and marble fireplaces but if it’s furniture you are after, the inhouse design brand, Circa, offers a selection of high-quality, mid-twentieth-century furniture and lighting including tables, chairs, storage, lighting and mirrors from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

W.E. Interiors

Walk into this oak emporium for simple, modern ready-made and bespoke furniture made from sustainable timber. This is also the place to shop for funky and characterful accessories such as a banana lamp or a concrete bowler hat planter.

QUEENSTOWN ROAD Queenstown Road has an eclectic mix of shops, from a bespoke milliner to a traditional men’s shoe shop and a topend bathroom showroom dispersed among restaurants and cafés. Well worth the visit if you are looking for high-end design at affordable prices.

Cult Furniture

Head down Queenstown Road towards Clapham Common and you’ll find Cult Furniture on Wandsworth Road. If you want high-end contemporary cutting-edge design at affordable prices, then look no further. Fall in love with their bold colours and striking iconic mid-century designs. Lighting, chairs, sofas, dining tables, beds and desks - they have it all!

They are not called the ‘sultans of snug’ for nothing. Sink into one of Loaf’s squishy sofas or snuggle up on their super-comfy beds for the epitome of laid back and relaxed with beautiful designs and old fashioned quality craftmanship. There is even a kids’ corner so you can shop in peace!

BELLEVUE ROAD Overlooking Wandsworth Common, Bellevue Road is the model of laidback chic, from boho-style clothes boutiques to trendy cafés, this place oozes a quiet confidence and calm. Slow down, take your time and enjoy its hidden gems.

Olivier’s Lounge

Oliver Contemporary

Having spent over 30 years in the art world with the last 18 at this lovely spot overlooking the common, founder Carolyn Oliver brings together new and established British contemporary artists and sculptors in her eye-catching gallery. Pop in and spark your imagination.

A clothes shop first and foremost, Olivier’s Lounge has a stylish range of vases, photo frames, mugs, home scents and ornaments in Scandi whites and greys inspiring a timeless elegance and a touch of class in your home.

BALHAM Balham has trumped Clapham in the coolness ratings. Relaxed and welcoming with a real community vibe, many independents have been here for decades so pick up your purses and shop locally.

Balham Paint

At the far end of Hildreth Street, the shop sells the obvious paint and hardware but lots more besides, including everything from clocks and baskets to cushions and doormats. Definitely worth a look.

Gallery Midnight

Local artist, Johnny Midnight brings a splash of colour to Balham with his scenes of snowcapped mountains, juxtaposed with island life from the Caribbean alongside iconic South London sites. Johnny also runs art classes for adults and children.

Mimi V. Artworks

Formerly known as Ian’s Artwork, Mimi V. Artworks is a firm favourite amongst locals offering vibrant affordable art and a bespoke framing service.



The Paint House

A stalwart on Northcote Road, residents have been putting their trust and their homes in The Paint House’s hands for decades. Offering interior styling, decorating, joinery, curtains and upholstery with a selection of soft furnishings and accessories in-store, the team is always on hand to provide expert advice and guidance.

Quirky Dovetail

This gorgeous little furniture shop nestled in the heart of the Heaver Estate specialises in beautifully painted, upcycled vintage and contemporary furniture. You can buy one-off pieces here or bring in your own furniture for reupholstering, repainting and a whole new lease of life.

NORTHCOTE ROAD This, the heart of Nappy Valley, is heaving with interiors stores. Walk the length of Northcote Road and don’t forget to nip up the side roads too to discover tucked away art galleries and cute cafés.

Wallace Cotton

This Kiwi company brings naturally luxurious and impeccably crafted bed linen inspired by the relaxed Antipodean lifestyle and breathtaking island landscape to southwest London. Their sheets are just dreamy!

Northcote Gallery

If it’s contemporary art that you are after, then the Northcote Gallery is for you, featuring beautifully curated and unique paintings and sculptures to wow both you and your guests.

Maison Curate

Ex-fashion buyer Emma Sullam has successfully brought the outside in, replacing the stress of shopping with a relaxing and joyful experience. Be inspired to create this look at home with her lights, plants, earthenware, glassware and candles bringing a touch of nature to your interiors.

Get in touch to find out more 0207 099 4000


A mecca for all things kitchen and dining - cookware, bakeware, glassware, candles, electrics, laundry and gifts - this is the perfect place to get all the accessories you need for your home.

Northcote Road Antiques Market

Finally, you can’t visit Northcote Road without having a good root around this large indoor market. It houses over 30 dealers selling antiques, vintage, retro, and collectables ranging from furniture and home accessories to art, jewellery and silverware. From classic to kitsch, this place is forever evolving.

Webb’s Fine Art Gallery

WEBB’S ROAD Running parallel to Northcote Road is Webb’s Road. Dotted with high-end furniture shops, art galleries, a luxury stationery shop, great cafés and a deli, it’s definitely worth the detour.

Blackbird Bespoke

For truly one-off pieces, visit Blackbird Bespoke, specialists in handcrafted metal furniture. They sculpt authentic and highspec tables, chairs, mirrors and lamps. Customise an existing design or commission a new piece entirely - either way it will be a limited edition of one just for you.

If your taste in art is more classic, visit Webb’s Fine Art Gallery for breathtaking landscape impressionist paintings. The rooms in the gallery simulate a real home environment so you can imagine the pictures hanging on your own walls. Owner, Liz Cranwell-Ward also offers a home consultation service to make sure you buy a piece of art you will love forever.

TOOTING You can’t go to Tooting without visiting Tooting Market. Established for over 80 years, it has become one of London’s trendiest places. Perhaps better known for its bars and restaurants, let yourself get lost in here for upholstery, art, upcycled furniture and even a Moroccan bazaar.

The Last Supper

For thought-provoking art, let your curiosity take you to The Last Supper. The founder, Andrew Wenrick curates works of conceptual and contemporary art with an emphasis on craft and minimalism from artists all over the world.

Boho Homes

If shopping ethically is your thing look up Boho Homes, an online social enterprise run by local resident, Tullika Bhalla. Tullika sources sustainable and handmade homeware and gifts from India paying fair prices and investing in local artisan communities. One of our firm favourites are the cosy lightweight cotton-filled quilts from Jaipur. You’ll thank us later!




PLAYING BY THE RULES We unravel the mystery of building regulations Common misconceptions surrounding building control include the idea that their involvement will prevent you from achieving the design you would like, and that it will lead to an escalation of construction costs. Building regulations do have flexibility. Note that the very short part of the text highlighted in green is the building regulation – the rest is simply a guideline on meeting it. If your building project challenges the conventional design for meeting a building regulation, it is wise to involve a building control officer as early as possible in the design stage. Non-conventional solutions for meeting building regulations may have costs attached, and it is best to meet with building control and your architect early so as to highlight any issues. Building regulations are there for your safety. It says something troubling about a builder’s attitude to health and safety if they are happy to proceed without telling building control. Moreover, when you come to sell your house, areas that don’t meet building regulations will be highlighted by a solicitor and it is very likely that you will have to put them right, often involving structural changes.

If you engage with building control from the start, you can then rest assured your project will be properly constructed and you will have created a safe and wonderful place for you and your family to live. Source: Architect Your Home

HOW TO GET BEST DESIGN AT BEST VALUE Invest up front. Design a more efficient house: new glazing, boiler, consumer unit and insulation, and specify every fixture and fitting before work starts. Issue details along with a technical drawing pack at tender stage. • Tender your project with 2-3 builders against a detailed scope of works • Make sure someone capable is checking works onsite to ensure that you are never paying too far ahead • Appoint a specialist basement company for below-ground works and a separate builder for aboveground renovations • Buy your own fixtures and fittings builders often add a handling charge • Create a temporary kitchen and living area so you avoid having to rent • Use a mix of freestanding and bespoke storage rather than building everything in • Bespoke kitchens often have quicker lead times and are better value and quality than high street brands • Salvage: it may be sanitaryware or a chimney breast; work with elements you already have and transform them with clever design

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Decimus Design T: 020 8542 2177 E: dRAW Architecture T: 020 8874 6749 E: Dyer Grimes Architecture T: 020 3733 7710 E: Edmund Williams Architects T: 020 8672 6238 E: Emma Green Design T: 020 7738 0637 E: Ensoul T: 020 3637 0700 E:

Atelierdb T: 020 3142 7672 E:

Estbury Design T: 0800 009 6644 E:

Balance Design Ltd T: 07961 068243 E:

Giles Pike Architects T: 020 7924 6257 E:

Bethell Projects T: 07899 904133 E: Clara Bee T: 020 8675 1477 E:

Green Sheen Construction T: 020 7223 5834 E: Goldstein Ween Architects T: 020 7498 2111 E:


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Bromley & Ellis T: 020 7738 7323 E:

Thomas De Cruz Architects & Designers T: 020 8995 8100 E:

Burge & Gunson T: 020 8543 5166 E:

Trinity Interior Design T: 07788 999727 E:

C.P. Hart E:

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Finite Solutions T: 020 7371 8761 E:

Glasstrends T: 020 7223 4017 E:

Oranges & Lemons T: 020 7924 2040 E:

Hamilton Group T: 020 7738 8967 E:

Ensoul T: 020 3637 0700 E:

West London Carpentry & Decoration T: 07795 411400 E:

Linear London T: 020 8675 3605 E:

GW Cabinetry T: 020 7924 7276 E:

Woodenyou T: 020 7587 0602 E:

Porcelanosa T: 020 7751 2150

Green Sheen Construction T: 020 7223 5834 E:

Kelmscott Home Improvement T: 020 8772 8191 E:

Potter Perrin T: 020 8677 5321 E: Simply Extend T: 0800 917 7571 E: UK Splashbacks T: 0800 232 1149 E: West One Bathrooms T: 0333 011 3333 E:

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Iain Parker Carpentry T: 07990 594995 King & Parcel (Bespoke Carpentry) T: 07814 492755 E: Madefern Joinery T: 020 7737 4450 E: MTM Herman T: 07885 551724 E: Nu-Age Interiors T: 020 7118 0605 RB Joinery T: 07919 076825 E: Red Box T: 020 7381 1539 E: Roy Turner Carpentry T: 020 8337 7143 Spacedin T: 020 8772 4565 E:

CARPETS & FITTERS A Flooring Boutique T: 020 8673 9900 E: Admiral Carpets T: 020 7585 1155 E: Arundell Carpets T: 020 7733 5494 E: Bristow Clean T: 07949 084693 Capitol Carpets T: 020 3641 6200 Carpet Express T: 0800 181 072 E: E & A Wates T: 020 8769 2205 E: Hillside Carpets T: 020 8877 9595 E: Marlows Carpets T: 020 8871 1169 E:

Supreme Solutions 4 U T: 07511 263406 E:

Mayfair Carpet T: 020 7584 4442

Tablemakers T: 020 7223 2075 E:

South London Carpets & Flooring T: 020 8785 2472 E:

Eclectic Interiors T: 020 8673 0572 E:

The London Alcove Company T: 0800 389 5724 E:

SW Carpet Company T: 020 3746 3202 E:

English Woodwork T: 07703 270837 E:

The Wood Panelling Company T: 020 7373 0332 E:

The Carpet Bureau T: 020 7498 0532 E:

Denis Gardiner Carpentry & Joinery T: 020 7244 7946 E:



The Carpet Gallery T: 020 7924 3678 E:


Basement Specialist Loft Specialist

Advantage Basements B T: 020 8871 3055 E: APT Basement Conversions B APT Renovation Ltd L T: 020 7223 6417 E: Ashville Inc. B T: 020 7736 0355 E: Basement Force B T: 020 8944 5707 E: Battersea Builders B L T: 020 7100 5463 E: Bel London B T: 07946 466520 E: Bethell Projects T: 07899 904133 E: BH Basements B T: 020 7223 0093 E: Bj Cullen Builders L T: 07956 234232 BPM Renovations T: 020 7738 9475 E: Brown Building B T: 020 8696 7701 E: Bygga Construction B T: 020 7228 0374 E:

Cavendish Basements B T: 020 7030 3167 E:

Hurlingham Developments B T: 07739 174360 E:

Clara Bee B L T: 020 8675 1477 E:

JJ Developments L T: 07985 165444 E:

Dermarta Construction T: 07720 034805 E:

Landmark Lofts L T: 020 3150 0505 E: ofďŹ

Doran Bros T: 020 8682 1021 E:

Loft 4 You L T: 020 8286 6911 E:

DPS Ltd L T: 0800 043 2333 E:

Lofty Creations L T: 020 8743 9253 E:

Empire Builders L T: 020 8150 9567 E:

London Basement B T: 020 8847 9449 E:

Ensoul B L T: 020 3637 0700 E:

London Kitchen Extension Company T: 020 8672 5200 E:

Estbury Basements B T: 0800 009 6644 E:

Mark Cox Developments T: 07956 935735 E:

F & K Construction Ltd B T: 020 8769 1176 E:

Mascot B T: 020 3475 4801 E:

Galvin Projects B L T: 020 8946 0031 E:

Minale + Mann B T: 020 3176 4499 E:

Good London Builders Ltd B T: 020 7978 5097 E: Green Construction London B T: 020 8870 5898 E: Green Sheen Construction T: 020 7223 5834 E:

M n S Building Services L T: 020 8679 2953 E: MULTIServe Construction & Refurbishment T: 020 8682 7700 E: My London Extensions B T: 020 8355 4404 E:

Homeworks L T: 020 8658 6461 E:

N-Construction T: 020 7101 4803 E:

Hughes Developments B L T: 020 8767 9895 E:

Nightingale Design & Build B L T: 07786 268597 E:

Oxford & London Building Company B T: 020 8877 0526 E:

The Yellow Building Company L T: 020 3362 4364 E:

Atelier Textiles T: 020 7352 7776 E:

Plus Rooms T: 0800 917 7127 E:

Thorogood Building T: 07837 735847 E:

Balance Design Ltd T: 07961 068243 E:

Pro-Dry Ltd B T: 020 8338 1387 E: Qualitas Construction B T: 020 8432 1520 E: R & M Lines L T: 020 7978 7840 E: Red Box T: 020 7381 1539 E: Rhino Construction L T: 020 8405 6445 E: Ridgway Builders T: 020 8540 7528 E: Scribe London Lofts L T: 020 8771 6545 E:

Unbeatable Builders L T: 020 8543 9299 E: Underground London B T: 07739 148038 E: Upsher Harrison B L T: 020 7738 9307 E: Urang Group B T: 020 7751 8355 E: Werner & Werner L T: 020 8616 7558 E: WJC4U L T: 020 8870 8536

Camerich T: 020 7751 5936 E: Cameron Broom T: 020 8875 7910 E: City Cows T: 020 7099 6616 E: Curtains & Soft Furnishings T: 020 8677 4763 E: Curtain Workshop Balham T: 020 8877 0167 E: Deco Upholstery & Soft Furnishings T: 07505 221847 E:

Wynnman T: 020 8715 0922

Dedar T: 020 7351 9939 E:

Simply Basement B T: 0800 917 7571 E:

Xtraspace Construction B T: 020 8871 4792 E:

Downers Design T: 020 8877 0886 E:

Simply Extend T: 0800 917 7571 E:

Your Space L T: 020 8544 1662 E:

E & A Wates T: 020 8769 2205 E:

Zenico Ltd T: 020 3633 4778 E:

Fiona Campbell Design T: 020 7731 3681 E:

Simply Extensions T: 020 8392 9505 E: Simply Loft L T: 0800 917 7571 E: Stanza Interior Design T: 07984 491578 E: T & M Star Construction L T: 020 7498 5560 E:


Graham & Green T: 020 7243 8908 E:

Andrew Martin T: 020 7225 5100 E:

Handcrafted by Harriet T: 07886 227154 E:

Angelika Gula T: 07961 964916 E:

House Couturier T: 020 7371 9255 E:



Isabel Spencer T: 020 8677 8031 E: Jorge & Silva Upholstery T: 020 7627 6486 E: June Perkins T: 020 7228 5181 E: Kirsty Kissell T: 07809 675259 E: L & M Curtains & Blinds E: Ma Maison T: 07785 338714 E: Mint T: 020 7225 2228 E: Perfect Fit London T: 07432 832855 E: Osborne & Little T: 020 8812 3000 E:

The Upholstery Workshop T: 020 7738 1003 E: Tissus d’Hélène T: 020 7352 9977 E: Trinity Interior Design T: 020 8776 8717 E: Volga Linen T: 020 7736 7756 E:

DOORS Ayrton Bespoke T: 020 8877 8920 E:

Mr Window T: 0800 917 0083 or 01702 555553 E:

Cedar Bifold Company T: 020 8944 5523 E:

Oliver Wild Carpentry and Joiners T: 01142 486907 E:

Cotswood Doors T: 020 8368 1664 E:

Osborn Glass T: 020 8683 8406 or 07833 438394 E:

Distinguished Façades T: 020 8540 4478 E:

SDS London T: 020 7228 1185 E:

Revamp T: 020 8670 0970

English Woodwork T: 07703 270837 E:

Robert Spurway T: 020 7351 6888 E:

Fortis & Hooke Decorators T: 0800 313 4688 E:

Rogers T: 020 8769 1196 E:

Green Sheen Construction T: 020 7223 5834 E:

Rowena Maher T: 07734 213766 E:

JE Carpentry T: 020 8742 3145 E:

The Design Net T: 020 7820 7771 E:

London Carpentry T: 0800 0858 454 E:

The London Curtain Girls T: 020 8776 8717 E:

Marvin Architectural Ltd T: 020 8569 8222 E:

The Traditional Shutter Company T: 020 8677 2933 E:

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MTM Herman T: 07885 551724 E:

The London Door Company T: 020 7801 0877 E: The New England Shutter Company T: 020 8675 1099 E: The Traditional Shutter Company T: 020 8677 2933 E: Todd Doors Vitrocsa London T: 020 8274 0768 or 020 3355 6082 E:

ELECTRICIANS BK Electrical T: 020 8677 1156 E: Dan Collier T: 07921 997351

Harland Voss T: 020 8451 0345 Kelmscott Home Improvement T: 020 8772 8191 E: MULTIServe Property Care T: 020 8682 7700 E: Red Box T: 020 7381 1539 E: SW Bishop Electrical T: 020 7924 1421 E: The Cavalry T: 07789 007848 E: The Hamilton Group T: 020 7738 8967 E: Wynnman T: 020 8715 0922

FIREPLACES AFire T: 020 3286 7060 E: Blue Mantle Fireplaces & Antiques T: 020 7703 7437 E: Casa T: 020 7732 3911 E: Chesney’s T: 020 7627 1410 E: Chimney Lining London T: 020 3701 1920 E: English Fireplaces E: Fiveways Fires & Stoves T: 020 8127 4747 E:

Frazer’s Installations E:

HS Wood Flooring T: 020 3793 8915 or 07930 751882 E:

Grate Expectations Fireplace Specialists T: 020 8540 8387 E:

MJS Domestic & Commercial Flooring E:

Install My Fireplace T: 0800 211 8627 E:

Mosaicwork T: 020 8690 0569 E:

Ironwright T: 020 7228 2727 E:

One Wood Floors T: 020 8942 5554 E:

Marmorea T: 020 7924 2010 E: PJ Wright & Sons T: 020 8771 9708 E: Real Flame (London) T: 020 7731 5025 E: RPS Fireplaces T: 020 8778 7472 E: Stonewoods T: 020 8870 5555 E: The Fireplace Shop T: 020 8741 5013 E: The London Stove Company T: 07853 165447 E: Westcombes T: 020 8852 6204

Tech Flooring T: 020 8150 7213 The Natural Wood Floor Company T: 020 8871 9771 E: The Prestige Flooring Company T: 01932 866087 E: Waxed Floors T: 020 7738 1620 E:

FURNITURE, FURNITURE RESTORATION & RE-UPHOLSTERY Andrew Martin T: 020 7225 5100 E: Arthur Brett T: 020 7730 7304 E: Balance Design Ltd T: 07961 068243 E:


Barbara Genda Bespoke Furniture T: 020 7978 2349 E:

A Flooring Boutique T: 020 8673 9900 E:

Bellevue Bespoke T: 020 8682 7700 E:

Hillside Carpets T: 020 3793 8915 or 07930 751882 E:


Blackbird London T: 020 7738 2105 E:


Camerich T: 020 7751 5936 E: Case Furniture T: 020 8870 4488 E: Cult Furniture E: Darlings Of Chelsea T: 020 3376 4224 E: De Gournay T: 020 7352 9988 E: Delcor E: E & A Wates T: 020 8769 2205 E: Emblem Furniture T: 020 8847 2102 Ensoul T: 020 3637 0700 E: Falcon Furnishers T: 020 7585 1809 HedgeWright T: 020 8995 6645 E: Julian Chichester T: 020 7622 2928 E:

Nordic Style Sweden Sweetpea & Willow T: 0345 257 2627 E: The Book Case Company T: 020 8870 7707 E: The Design Net T: 020 7820 7771 E: William Yeoward T: 020 7349 7828 E: Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Company T: 01485 542516 E:

GARDENERS & LANDSCAPERS Acer Homes & Gardens T: 020 8671 8404 Andy Sturgeon Landscape & Garden Design T: 01273 553336 E: Anewgarden T: 020 8395 5764 E: Anna’s Gardens T: 07958 247517 E: Bamboo Landscaping T: 020 8454 7118 E:

Capital Gardens - Neal’s Nurseries T: 020 8874 2037 E: Cedar Bifold Company T: 020 8944 5523 E: Corido T: 020 8655 6242 E: Cyan T: 020 8655 6240 E: Cypress Garden Services T: 020 8330 7787 E: Eden Gardens Group T: 020 8401 7344 or 07848 9028799 Harrington Porter T: 020 7731 3552 E: Hibbsy T: 020 8485 7159 E: Home Garden T: 020 3540 7776 E: London Front Garden Company T: 020 8947 7373 E: London Gardeners T: 020 8434 7256 E:

Barbed E:

Looking Glass Gates T: 020 8780 9514 E:

Lema T: 020 3761 3290

Bartholomew Landscaping T: 020 7931 8685 E:

Muddy Wellies T: 020 8543 2421 E:

Loaf T: 0845 468 0698 E:

Battersea Flower Station T: 020 7978 4253 E:

Rosie Nottage T: 07958 247517 E:

Kings Furniture Store E:

MTM Herman T: 07885 551724 E:

Blue Team Landscaping T: 07802 705672 E:

Simply Fences T: 020 8772 9079 E:

Terra Construction & Gardening T: 07553 909077 E:

Jo Alexander T: 01954 768 574 E:

The Chelsea Gardener T: 020 7352 5656 E:

Joseph John E:

The Gorgeous Garden Company T: 020 8772 9079 E: Townhouse Gardens T: 020 7244 0058 E: Treebox T: 020 8543 4530 E:

GARDEN FURNITURE Awnings & Verandas T: 0800 074 2721 E: Barbed T: 020 8878 1994 E: Buttacup T: 020 8785 2802 E: Capital Gardens - Neal’s Nurseries T: 020 8874 2037 E: Cedar Bifold Company T: 020 8944 5523 E: Go Modern Furniture T: 020 7731 9540 E: Hibbsy T: 020 8485 7159 E: Indian Ocean T: 020 8675 4808 E: JC Gardens T: 020 7627 5035 E:

Looking Glass Gates T: 020 8780 9514 E: Raft Furniture T: 020 3764 1844

English Woodwork


Fortis & Hooke Decorators T: 0800 313 4688

Summit Furniture T: 020 7795 3311 E:

Glasstrends T: 020 7223 4017 E:

The Chelsea Gardener T: 020 7352 5656 E:

Gordon Chilvers Stained Glass Design T: 020 8672 6055 E:

The Garden Builders

Kingseal Windows T: 020 7498 8874 E:

The Longest Stay T: 020 7349 9057 E:

GLASS Ably Glass T: 020 8677 7872 Aspect E: Assured Glass T: 020 8241 2040 Bisazza UK T: 020 7584 8837 E: Blount Stained Glass E: Brompton Glass T: 020 7373 3564 Clarity Glass Repairs T: 0800 772 0194 Decorum Est T: 020 7731 5556 E:

London Stained Glass T: 020 3247 1000 E: Prentice Glass T: 020 8944 9001 E: Prism Glass Putney Glass & Glazing T: 020 8870 0380 SW Glass T: 020 7751 0011 E: UK Splashbacks T: 0800 232 1149 E: Wandle Glassworks T: 07763 768738 E:

HOMEWARES Abbeville Domestic T: 020 3253 0003 E:



CAST by The London Joinery Company T: 020 7223 5834 E:

Clara Bee T: 020 8675 1477 E:

Cooker Solutions T: 020 3478 0883 E:

Clare Elise Interiors T: 07790 521928 E:

Do South Shop T: 020 8771 0500 E:

Clare Gaskin

Lee Broom T: 020 7820 0742 E: Lords at Home Piaggi Mirrors T: 020 7060 7161 E: Rigby & Mac T: 020 8761 1011 E: Squint T: 020 8986 6583 E: The London Alcove Company T: 0800 389 5724 E:

INTERIOR DESIGNERS AMH Interiors T: 020 7788 7767 E: Angela Bunt Creative T: 07960 934427 E:

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LIGHTING Andrew Martin T: 020 7225 5100 E: Baroncelli T: 020 7720 6556 E: CDL T: 020 7924 4242 E: Chimera T: 020 8544 2600 Christopher Wray Clever & Simple T: 07725 049863 Hector Finch T: 020 7731 8886 E: John Cullen Lighting E: Liminaires Lighting T: 020 8874 4978 E: Ryness T: 0845 630 3035 E: Superlites T: 020 7924 2055 E:

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Sola Kitchens T: 020 3004 0898 E:

Eclectic Interiors T: 020 8673 0572 E:

Sublime Property T: 07772 555881 E:

Tindle T: 020 7384 1485 E:

Ensoul T: 020 3637 0700 E:

UK Splashbacks T: 0800 232 1149 E:

TLC T: 01293 565630 E:

Espresso Design T: 020 7078 9912 E:

West London Kitchens T: 020 8741 1981 E:

Harvey Jones Kitchens T: 020 7228 4454 E: info@

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The Lighting Design Studio T: 020 7112 5364

Wimbledon Lighting & Electrical T: 020 8542 2828 E: Wired & Wonderful T: 020 8947 6441 E:



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NatureFusion Norstone T: 020 3178 2801 E:

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PAINT E & A Wates T: 020 8769 2205 E: Farrow & Ball T: 020 7228 6578 E: Gowallpaper T: 01617 249085 E: Oikos T: 07526 305402 E: Paint the Town Green T: 020 8871 0531 E:

Marble Interiors T: 020 8944 2020 E:

Ready2Paint T: 020 3751 7229 The Invisible Painter

Metalgarde T: 020 3598 5386 E:

The Little Greene Paint Company T: 0845 880 5855 E:

Craftsman Decorator T: 020 8677 8685 or 07973 362642 David Pepper T: 07803 584471 E: Distinguished Façades T: 020 8540 4478 E: Fortis & Hooke T: 0800 313 4688 E: Ian Day Decorators Limited T: 020 8641 3032 E: Kelmscott Home Improvement T: 020 8772 8191 E: Magic Paintbrush Company T: 07768 094659 E: M n S Building Services Ltd T: 020 8679 2953 E: MULTIServe Property Care T: 020 8682 7700 E: N-Construction T: 020 7101 4803 Oliver Wild Carpentry T: 01142 486907 E: Paint the Town Green T: 020 8871 0531 E: Patrick Collins T: 020 8299 1547 E:

Prodec London T: 07789 863090 E: R & M Lines T: 020 7978 7840 E: Red Box T: 020 7381 1539 E: Renomark T: 07894 153565 E: The Invisible Painter T: 020 3797 2094 T & M Star Construction T: 020 7498 5560 E:

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Wimbledon Painters T: 020 7112 8682

Carrie Malone T: 07825 148406

Wynnman T: 020 8715 0922

Hamilton Group T: 020 7738 8967 E:

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Jeremy Dunnill T: 07788 797448

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World’s End Tiles T: 020 7819 2100

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Gowallpaper T: 0161 724 9085 E: House Couturier T: 020 7371 9255 London Wallpaper Company T: 020 7622 9966 Off The Wall T: 07989 176993 On The Wall T: 07944 465383 E: Osborne & Little T: 020 8812 3123 E:

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Sanderson T: 0844 543 9500

Paxton Restoration T: 020 8778 1100 E:

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WHERE TO FIND HELP AND INFORMATION Associations RIBA – Royal Institute of British Architects 020 7580 5533;; The site has a ‘find an architect’ database of more than 3,500 UK RIBA chartered practices by name, location, area of expertise and services offered. It also provides a ‘plan of work 2013’, which identifies the eight stages of a project, from preparation and brief to the handover.

brands under two massive domes in Fulham, showcase everything from carpets, rugs and fabrics to furniture, paint, tiles and wallcoverings. Grand Designs Live London 2-10 May 2020 at ExCeL. The nine-day show, hosted by TV’s Kevin McCloud, is neatly divided into seven sections – interiors, technology, kitchens, bathrooms, gardens, village and build – to make your visit easier to plan.

RICS – Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors 024 7686 8555; RICS accredits 131,500 professionals, both individuals and firms. Members holding RICS qualifications can use the letters MRICS, FRICS and AssocRICS after their name. Its website has a ‘find a surveying firm’ function, by location.

Wandsworth Borough Council 020 8871 7620; email

The council has a search facility of planning applications at https://planning1.wandsworth. Explorer/ GeneralSearch.aspx Lambeth Borough Council 020 7926 9558; email: View the current planning applications database online for a list of applications received and decided upon at

Events Affordable Art Fair Over 1,000 affordable artists to view in Battersea Park inside the Battersea Evolution site in the spring (12-15 March 2020 and 22-25 October 2020). Exhibitors include painters, sculptors, printers and photographers. Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour Dubbed the design world’s Mecca, its 105 showrooms and over 600 international interior

Reading material Dream Decor: Styling a Cool, Creative and Comfortable Home, Wherever You Live, by Will Taylor (£25). Inspiration from around the world. Farrow & Ball: How to Decorate by Joa Studholme & Charlotte Cosby (RRP £30 from Octopus). Feast over a wide variety of decorating styles and hot tips on colour combinations.

Borough planning offices

Building control ( planning/1052/planning_contacts)

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair 14-18 May and 29 September - 4 October 2020 in Battersea Park showcasing over 150 dealers specialising in antiques and 20th century interior design including fine art, jewellery, sculpture and upholstery.

Angel O’Donnell

Ideal Home Show 27 March - 13 April 2020 at Olympia, London. Find kitchens, bathrooms, basements, flooring, garden rooms, gadgets, fixtures and fittings, live demos and show homes, all under one roof. London Design Festival 12-20 September 2020 at multiple venues to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world. RHS Chelsea Flower Show 19-23 May 2020. The grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea are packed with amazing plant displays and the best cutting-edge garden designs. The Show Gardens and the Great Pavilion, featuring over 100 specialist plant breeders, are the big show stoppers. London Design Fair 2020 17-20 September 2020 at the Old Truman Brewery, it is a four-day event showcasing over 500 exhibitors including designers, established. brands and international country pavilions from 36 countries.

The Scandinavian Home: Interiors Inspired by Light, by Niki Brantmark (RRP £19.99 from Ryland, Peters & Small). Beautiful photography from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland showing how Scandi homes are designed to maximise low light in winter. Grand Designs Handbook: The blueprint for building your dream home by Kevin McCloud (paperback RRP £16.99). TV’s architecture and design guru shares his passion and expertise in this guide, which is split into three sections: thinking, dreaming and doing. Lighting by Design by Salley Storey (paperback RRP £10). Provides inspiration for outdoor and indoor lighting, creating everything from calm softness to theatrical drama. The Interior Design Reference and Specification Book: Everything interior designers need to know every day by Chris Grimley & Mimi Love (paperback RRP £16.99). An essential guide to planning and executing interior projects. George Clarke’s More Amazing Spaces (hardback RRP £20). A collection of extraordinary small builds and unlikely conversions from all over the UK and beyond. Manage a homebuild and renovation project by Leonard Sales ACIOB (RRP £9.99). Includes proven and simple-to-use management techniques that would suit projects up to £1m. The book is associated with a How To website,, where you can engage with the author.

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