Builder of the month – March – Turnquay Construction Ltd

Cottage interior by Turnquay

Meet Andy and Mark – the yin and yang of Portsmouth-based building company, Turnquay Construction Ltd. Why yin and yang? “We complement each other really well,” Andy says. “It wasn’t always the case; we annoyed the hell out of each other in the first six months working together until we realised, we were both checking […]

March’s Newsletter & This Week’s Links

Asset Distribution. I’ve been reading Gary Stevenson’s book The Trading Game this week. It’s just out and a jolly good story. I’m nearly finished, and, along with his various YouTube videos (see last week’s links), it is a thought-provoking body of work. The basic premise is that the rich are asset-stripping governments and the regular working classes, […]

Designing your home for better well-being

The role of the interior designer You might think the role of an interior designer is to ‘dress’ a room and make it look pretty. Or that their job is knowing how to arrange a room beautifully. Of course, we do these things, but they are a minor part of the role. Interior design is […]

The Modern Victorian: breathing new life into period homes for 21st century living

Ah, the charm of Victorian houses – the character, the period features, the ornate cornices and original fireplaces. These period properties beguile us with their individuality and character. But let’s be honest, as much as we adore their vintage charm, living in a Victorian home in 2024 can have its issues. Gone are the days […]

February’s Newsletter & This Week’s Links

Power to the Pebbles. My eyes are closed. The little cottage window’s open. It’s 6.46 am, and all seems still and quiet. Outside, every five seconds, billions of smooth pebbles are dragged and deposited. Moved. The sound of absolute power is enchanting. Soothing. It never ceases and appears repetitive and rhythmic, something to rely upon. […]

Builder of the month: Now Build It

Kevin and Alana of Now Build it

Communication and transparency equal trust. Meet Alana and Kevin, the team behind Now Build It, a firm of building contractors operating in Portsmouth and the surrounding area. I had a chat with them earlier this week. They offer a bespoke, high-quality and fully costed building service that puts the customer at the forefront of everything […]

Economic Update for homeowners, landlords and property developers 2024

Some thoughts by Kobbii Nyarko of Portsmouth Property Connect Following the property inflation year of 2022, the consistent bank rate rises that continued into 2023 affected property prices and sales volumes throughout the country. In Portsmouth specifically, the property market value dropped by 4.1% in the year leading up to November 2023, and sales volume […]

The UK Housing Market in 2024

a house in Southsea

The movers and shakers A Q&A with Neil Maxwell, Director at Fry & Kent estate agents in Southsea, since he updated us on the situation back in September 2023. Q According to most news outlets, house prices will fall again in 2024: eg the FT The Times and Forbes. Meanwhile, the Guardian says we’re past […]

Planning a new kitchen? Read this first

A Kuchenhaus kitchen

We want every customer to have the best kitchen for them at a price they can afford. The words of John Le Masurier of kitchen company, Kutchenhaus, whom I met at their Petersfield Showroom earlier this week. Deciding where to buy a new kitchen is a minefield. When there are so many suppliers around, how […]

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