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This is a review site about noteworthy businesses, and news in London. It’s totally and unapologetically subjective. Basically you will read about home improvement businesses, professional services, event management services, and various other businesses within the London area that we have either experienced or been personally recommended.


How to find a good digital marketing agency in London

If you need to find someone to help you promote your local business through SEO marketing services, or online advertising campaigns such as Facebook Ads or Google Adwords, then you need to be careful, otherwise you could spend a lot of money for very little result.

There has been an explosion of digital marketing agencies in recent years, which means that local business owners in London are often bombarded with sales calls and emails offering all kinds of online marketing advice and services, a lot of which are not really appropriate to the business.

It’s enough to make most business owners heads spin.

The good news is that if you choose the right internet marketing strategies, you can now leverage so many marketing channels that were only dreamed of 10 years ago. There is so much potential for you to grow your business through online lead generation so its definitely worth looking for the right agency to help.

Should you do your own marketing or leave it to a digital marketing agency?

Because business owners can be wary of SEO consultants and marketing agencies, they are often tempted to do the work themselves They look at a few blogs or some videos on Youtube, and start on the long learning curve which just leads to late nights, information overload and frustration.

Yes there are definitely some things you can do yourself, like local business listings, optimising Google Plus pages and setting up your Facebook pages, but it’s generally recommended to leave the more technical aspects of online marketing to the specialists.

That way you can concentrate on running your business.

3 tips for choosing the right digital marketing agency

1 – Find out who their clients are and what results they have got.

You should be confident that your agency is familiar with your market and can get results, but It’s also good to know if the agency will be directly working with your competitors.

If possible you want to sign an exclusivity clause. For example if you are a local plumber wanting to be found by South Londoners, you want to make sure that there are no other South London Plumbers being promoted by the agency.

2 – Ask what guarantees the agency gives.

Always know what your return on investment is going to be.

Many agencies will promise you the earth and after 6 months of expensive SEO services will leave you with a hole in your pocket.

If possible you need to get a guarantee of results or a promise of a refund from your digital marketing agency.

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3 – Get a breakdown of all your marketing options.

Some agencies will try and sell you expensive SEO packages that will take you months to see a result from, where you may be far better off running paid traffic campaigns for a quicker return on investment. Before you sign a contract any digital marketing agency you need to get them to give you clear timeframes costs and strategy.

Recommended Company for Side Return Extensions in London

Home improvement projects in London are booming and not a day goes by when I don’t see new hoarding go up in my local area announcing that a company is now taking on a loft conversion, basement conversion or a side return kitchen extension on a London victorian terrace.

Extending London homes is a sound investment and if you are a home owner it is well worth looking into extending and refurbishing your property. Here are some general tips that you will find useful especially if you are looking into getting a kitchen extension.

Before you start – As a general tip when designing a remodelling for your home, it’s always good to think ahead and make sure that you strike the balance between something that is so personal to you and a refurbishment that will be appealing to potential buyers. The more personalized you make your refurbishment, the less most likely it is that someone else will wish to buy it for enough to cover the expense of the work. I’m not saying that your kitchen extension should be conservative – just make sure that you get it done by a professional company otherwise you could run the risk of taking away from the value of your home.

In these thrifty times there can be a tendency to start off thinking “what if I could completely transform the look of your house with simply a couple of little techniques that do not cost much?” Well obviously re-vamping your London kitchen can add some spice to your life and refurbish an out-moded and cramped space, but I have definitely come to the conclusion that trying to cut corners is foolish and its much better to bring in the experts rather than struggling for months to do it yourself.

Anyway quite recently I can across a great company who gave me a great side return extension for my London home; they are called Family Home Building and I thoroughly recommend them.

For about 8 weeks our kitchen was out of bounds while they took out the side return wall and extended the kitchen into the space where we usually keep our old gardening furniture. We now have a glass garden room leading on from the side return extension,  where we can put the furniture, which I am very happy about. We have new patio doors that fold out and the appearance is really strong and modern,  which I’m assured that potential purchasers will truly value. It’s not the cheapest of home improvements but it certainly has transformed our home.

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Ok, so you be confident that you could do the work on your kitchen yourself but before you get gung-ho and declare ‘that wall has actually got to go’ on that house enhancement project! Wait! Prior to you demolishing something yourself get some professionals in double check the existing structure! It is simple to simply tear down a wall and not know exactly what is within it. There may be electrical elements that have to be in tact that you may wish to keep, or you may be compromising the support for your ceiling. This happened to a neighbour of ours and she ended up spending thousands to repair some of the work her husband and his friends made to the kitchen walls. you have been warned!

If you do want a side return extension then you can get a free consultation from one of the team and Family Home Building who will give you the best advice:

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Best Places to buy a home in London

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Where to buy a home in London?

Lets face it – London has so much going for it as a city – fantastic parks, bundles of historic monuments, museums, art galleries, great cultural centres, and enough amazing restaurants to satisfy any foodie. Added to this cultural mix are some very cool music venues.

There are also relatively more jobs here in the capital than anywhere else, especially executive jobs  – so no wonder so many people want to live here.

This means that competition for homes is now at a premium with house prices rocketing, but there are still some great places to invest.

Here are 20 places that the Telegraph says are good to invest in right now for first time buyers and people wanting to scale up:

1 Canonbury

2 Finsbury Park

3 Marylebone

4 Bayswater

5 City Road – Angel

6 Earls Court

7 White City

8 Stratford

9 Honor Oak Park

10 Woolwich

11 St Margarets – Twickenham

12 Acton 

13 Maida Vale

14 Bloomsbury

15 Ravenscourt Park

16 Camberwell

17 South Highgate

19 Streatham

20 Wandsworth

For more details take a look at the original feature:

Hiring a loft conversion company in London

There’s a lot of people getting their lofts converted right now, so If you are getting a Loft Conversion in London we personally recommend talking to this company, who will provide you with a free quote if you live in the London area.

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Before hiring a loft architect

Before you start your Loft conversion here are a few factors to take into account to make sure your loft space is suitable:

Measure Head Height in the Loft:

Take a measurement from all-time low of the ridge wood to the top of the ceiling joist; the useable part of the roof ought to be greater than 2.2 m.

Measure the Pitch Angle in the Loft Space:

The higher the pitch angle, the higher the central head height is most likely to be, and if dormers are used or the roof is redesigned, then the floor area can be increased.

Different types of Roofs

In Roof building two primary structures are used – the standard framed type and truss area type.

The conventional framed type is normally found in pre-1960s residences where the rafters and ceiling joists, together with supporting timbers, are cut to size on site and put together. This type of structure has more structural input, so is often the most appropriate type for conversion – that’s why cities such a London which have a lot of old housing stock with attics are seeing a lot of old houses having loft conversions.

Post 1960s, the most popular form of building made use of factory-made truss roofing system sections. These utilise thinner, and for that reason cheaper woods– however have structural stability by the addition of braced diagonal timbers. They permit a home roofing to be set up and felted in a day, which is a huge benefit to a contractor. Nevertheless, this type of truss requires that there are no loadbearing structures beneath, and so opening the area needs a greater added structural input. This will generally include the insertion of steel beams between loadbearing walls for the brand-new floor joists to hang on and the rafter section to be supported on– together with a steel beam at the ridge. This added structural input needs skill, understanding and equipment that would limit scope as for a DIY enthusiast and a far higher money outlay.

It is a definitely a good idea to seek recommendations from a loft conversion specialist company in this instance.

If your roof has low head height

Solution 1:

Raise the Roofing system: This would involve eliminating part or whole of the existing roofing, and reconstructing it to offer the required height and structure. This is structurally possible, but the major troubles are the high expense and getting planning approval. If the entire roofing location requires removing, a covered scaffold structure, to secure your house from the weather condition throughout the works, would also be needed.

Solution 2:

Lower the Ceiling in the Room Below: The ceiling height in some spaces in older properties might be 3m or even more, so if the roofing area height is limited there is the choice of reducing the ceilings below, supplying it still enables a minimum of 2.4 m. This will need all the existing ceilings in concern to be gotten rid of, causing much mess. With this approach a plate will certainly need to be bolted to the wall utilizing guard anchors or rawlbolts, for the brand-new floor joists to hang from. There is also a requirement for an appropriate tie between the roofing system structure and the dwarf wall formed, to avoid the roofing spreading. Any DIY involvement will certainly be restricted to supervised demolition and clearing.

New joists

The existing ceiling joists are unlikely to be adequate to take a conversion floor, so added brand-new joists will certainly be needed to adhere to the Building Laws. The size and grade would have been defined by the structural engineer, who will certainly have taken into account the period and the separation range for a given installing. The brand-new joists span in between load-bearing walls, and are normally raised a little above the existing ceiling plasterwork using spacers below the joist ends.


Your Building Control inspector will certainly define exactly what you need. The roofing structure can be insulated in one of two primary means. The most straightforward is to use a ‘cold roofing system’ method. This involves filling the space in between the rafters with 70mm-thick piece foam insulation such as Celotex, ensuring that there is 50mm spacing in between the roofing felt and the insulation (for ventilation by means of the roofing and soffit vents). This approach can be undertaken by the DIYer.

The other main method is ‘warm roofing system’. This technique utilizes 100mm Celotex insulation or comparable over the rafters, and a covering capping, followed by the tile battens and tiles. This is not really a practical alternative unless the roofing coverings have actually been stripped off. It might be utilized with a dormer, especially if it has a flat roofing.

The Staircase

The perfect location for a staircase to land is in line with the roofing ridge: this will certainly make finest use of the readily available height above the staircase. The minimum height requirement above the pitch line is 2m, although this might be reduced to 1.9 m in the center, and 1.8 m to the side of a stair. In practice, the actual position will depend upon the layout of the floor below, and where called for the offered height can be attained utilizing a dormer or adding a rooflight above the staircase or, if suitable, transforming a hip roof end to a gable.

Maximum Variety of Steps: The Laws define that the maximum variety of steps in a straight line is 16. This is not usually an issue, as a typical setup normally just needs 13 steps.

Windows & Dormers.

The loft conversion will need a way of getting natural light and ventilation, and the most uncomplicated technique is to use rooflights that follow the pitch line of the roofing system. This type is fitted by removing the tiles and battens in the position that the rooflight will be fitted. The rafters are cut to give way for the rooflight after suitably reinforcing the remaining rafters. The rooflight frame is then fitted within the brand-new opening, and flashings included before making excellent the surrounding tiling. This type of window is the most economic, and more probable to be allowed without preparing consent, under your PD (Permitted Formulation) rights. Preservation rooflights, which are a little more flush to the roofline and are made from metal, can also be specified.

Dormers not just offer natural light however can include space to a loft conversion; they can be at the ends or sides. They are specifically effective where the pitch angle is high, as the helpful floor area can be increased. The mansard type will provide maximum conversion roofing system space due to the fact that it projects the maximum readily available head height, hence providing a higher usable floor area. A hip to gable conversion has a similar result.

Dormers and other comparable conversions are generally installed by opening the roof, and cutting the needed defined lumbers to size on site. They normally include substance angle cuts so could not be a task that a DIYer would usually undertake. Care also has to be taken with the roofing and side coverings, to get a great weatherproof structure.


Some loft conversion business will make the dormers off site in their workshop and lift into location. This process allows quick setup, and quick weatherproofing.

Dormers can have gabled or hip roofs, and with mindful design can enhance a roof line. In practice, a mixture of the readily available types can result in the optimum light and area, and supply a fire exit.

Fire Security in your Loft Conversion

At least one mains-operated smoke alarm system with battery backup must be set up in the flow space of each storey. All alarms are to be adjoined.

How much will my loft conversion cost?

An approximate free quote to the likely costs can be obtained through this website. Expenses for raising roofing systems or lowering ceilings can not realistically be given due to the fact that of all the variables that need to be considered.

Prices usually start from £20,000 and can go up to £40,000 if major structural work is needed.