Feature on Tiled – a boutique tile stockist in Southsea

Where to find distinctive tiles in Southsea Taking a stroll through Southsea this week, I popped into one of its more recent additions and had a warm welcome from Helen of Tiled, a boutique tile shop on Marmion Road, Southsea. Why boutique? Because this charming shop is no tile warehouse where you wander around dazed, confused […]

Builder of the month – October 2023

Darren Millard

Darren Millard of Millard Installations “When I started the business, I said yes to everything. These days it’s a bit different!” Meet Darren Millard, a builder 20 years in the making who takes tremendous pride in his work and likes to inject a little personality into his construction. “I enjoy recommending something a bit different […]

October Newsletter

Sailing west

We are sailing west. This week, I’ve been marked as a no-show by some very rude Belgians. Taught 600 students to draw by hand, sailed to the Isle of Wight and back. Plus, I produced design options, submitted several planning applications, and solved technical building issues. It’s been a busy week, my brain is a […]

Follow a build in-progress on this detached house extension: Autumn 2023

A liquid screed made from various recycled materials

So, the short Indian summer I referred to last month has been swapped for the sudden arrival of Autumn, with heavy rain and gale-force winds. Needless to say, this is not conducive to building work. But at least we got the roof on – or near enough. I’d been wondering how a powder-coated aluminium roof […]

Builder of the month – September 2023: Mark Fitzgerald of MJF Builders Ltd

Mark Fitzgerald

“When I run over the day’s work, I want to feel that I’ve done the best work possible.” Meet Mark Fitzgerald, builder, boss and family man. Self-confessed tunnel-visioned perfectionist. “I lie awake at night working out construction problems in my head. I’ve always been driven to do a job better than how I was taught to […]

Follow a build in-progress on this detached house extension

New upstairs windows

Tales of the Unexpected. It’s September and while we’re basking in a short Indian summer, the builders are still on the job and feeling the heat! But a welcome dry spell bodes well for getting the windows in and the new aluminium roof on, hopefully in the next couple of weeks. The roof would be […]

Follow a build in-progress on this detached house extension 25-07-23

Roof structure taking shape

We first discussed the ideas and plans with Carl during lockdown and just afterwards, so now that we’re in 2023 we can say this build has been a long time coming! It’s mid-summer, we’re well underway and a lot has happened. It seems like a long time ago that they were digging the footings and […]

Follow a build in-progress on this detached house extension 20-06-23

Rea view of a modern detached house

When we initially bought the house, we were pleased with its size and location. We loved the large patio at the back which faces south-west and overlooks a golf course, so we see a lot of greenery and open sky. But it wasn’t long before we noticed how the wind rolled in across the green […]

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