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The tide may be turning for homebuyers as a slowdown starts to bite.
What does the general election result mean for the local housing market?
The market looks like it's bouncing back after brexit but there are likely challenging times ahead.
Experts anticipate an increase in activity levels as reflected by the rise in the number of properties listed for sale in Fulham and the volume of buyers lining up to buy them.
London-based interior design firm Studio MacLean have renovated a substantial family home in West London with Crittall dividers and classic finishes.
If you are considering becoming a landlord, now might be the right time, but be weary about tax changes that have recently come into force.
Spring has sprung and our thoughts now turn to our benighted balconies, terraces and gardens.
We've curated ten Pretty Little Things to add to your wishlist in Q2 2017.
Advice from the experts on taking advantage of a buyers-market and getting a great deal
Interior designers Magenta Pink pick out the best in free-standing baths for the perfect bathroom. Bring on the bubbles!
Exploring the benefits of taking out multiple mortgages.
It’s time to get your garden Summer ready with the latest technology.
Whatever your situation, we’ve got some sound advice on how to sell your property in this market.
With Article 50 about to be triggered, what lies in store for the Fulham property market?
What impact will triggering Article 50 have on the economy and the London housing market?
Deep breath, everyone. We made it. A bit shell shocked, perhaps, but we made it. 2016 is over. Wherever your politics lie, it is undeniable that the past 12-months have been some of the most turbulent in recent memory.
There have been an unprecedented number of hurdles, all with serious consequences, on the London property market since early 2014. What can we expect from the property market in 2017?
An old garment factory in East London has been converted into a bright and totally unique two bedroom home by talented London-based architecture studio Paper House Project.
Seller nerves have resulted in an oversupply of rental properties. But what now for the burgeoning rental market?
From towel racks and radiators to fire places, interior designer Rowena Vaughan looks at new ways to warm your home.
Ten Pretty Little Things to add to your wishlist in Q1 '17
Those looking to trade up are in the strongest position since 2009 with political factors creating both uncertainty and a buyers market. Marc da Silva discusses how to get the best deal.
These days, most kitchens are designed with breakfast bars. Interior designers Magenta Pink pick out the best bar stools.
Make your life a whole lot warmer this winter with the latest in app-controlled thermo gadgets.
House hunters currently have the upper hand in a difficult market. How does one entice price sensitive buyers?
How will the Autumn Statement impact the property market?
What affect will the US presidential election have on the economy and the London property market?
Is there ever escaping 'Brexit' in news? It seems not but how will this looming shadow affect the property market in the coming year?
Britain’s decision to leave the European Union surprised many people. Within hours of the votes being counted, global markets plunged, David Cameron had resigned as Prime Minister, and sterling crumbled to a 31-year low against the dollar.
Planning for the future in an unpredictable market.
A bright and sunny remodeled house in Montreal and a minimalist apartment in Taiwan.
What does life look like for landlords post-Brexit?
Interior designer Rowena Vaughan delves into current trends in furniture and picks out some perfect pieces for your home.
Ten pretty little things to add to your wishlist for Q4 2016.
Since the UK made a historic decision to vote in favour of Brexit, the financial markets have been reacting and adjusting to the implications of Britain’s future outside of the EU.
For any Londoners considering buying a new property, be it their first step onto the ladder or a move to a larger property, it has been difficult to ignore the post-Brexit headlines and not feel a frisson of insecurity.
Interior designers Magenta Pink offer a stylish selection of bathroom fittings and fixtures, ranging from minimalist to ornate.
The latest gadgets to drag your house into the 21st Century.
Southwest London holds its own in a choppy market.
What impact are we likely to see on the Fulham property market post Brexit?
As we enter 2016, there are signs that demand from buyers is rising once more, on the back of greater consumer confidence supported by a surge in gross mortgage lending, which hit a seven-year high in October last year.
Predicting the future can be a hazardous and uncertain task, but what are the potential consequences for the UK housing market if the people of Britain vote to exit the 28-member block?
The upcoming referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union has sparked off considerable debate.
A modular apartment boasting clever hidden features, an epic childrens’ room and a fantastic staircase.
Investors rushed out of their socks to snap up homes before the extra 3% stamp duty tax came in, but what other obstacles are in store?
Interior designer Rowena Vaughan shares 16 tips on maximising space and practicality in tight bathrooms.
Ten pretty little things to add to your wishlist for Q2 2016.
How could securing finance be affected in the event of a Brexit?
The housing market in London faces a slowdown ahead of the EU referendum.
Interior designers Magenta Pink give you some stunning suggestions if you're in the market for a floor lamp.
A round up of the must have home tech for the second quarter of 2016.
We reflect on 2015 and look at what market trends we can expect in the year ahead.
Who knew that concrete could have such a warm and welcoming feeling?
What are the new Landlord taxes, and how they will affect the property market going forward...
Rowena Vaughan goes through the pros and cons of various floor finishes.
Ten pretty little things for Q1 2016.
The housing experts have offered their predictions for 2016 and it looks like a good time to buy at the right price.
Future proof your homestead with these shiny little things.
There are certain pricing mistakes that sellers need to avoid because overpricing a home creates a damaging effect.
The story of the Piper building and its evolution from laboratory to creative living space.
Whether eating or entertaining, the table is the heart of the dining area. Here are 12 tables to create a sociable space.
With sales turnover down over 30% in Hammersmith and Fulham, according to recent data from the Land Registry, and UBS warning of a bubble, what effect has it had on the market and what can you expect as a buyer or seller?
London’s housing market continues to hold up well despite global market volatility.
Oh how we love the simplicity, geometry and minimalism that’s often brought forward in contemporary design. Too often perhaps?
With interest rates forecast to rise, what’s the story behind it, why now and why at all?
London’s housing market may have caught a chill over the past 12 months, but what next for house prices?
Lighting is such a vast and diverse subject. When considering your lighting scheme you should think of ‘layers’ – high level, mid level and low level.
Changing circumstances and ultra-low mortgage borrowing rates is creating a new generation of landlords.
Get set for the Autumn, it's pretty much here! So here are ten cool items to cozy up your interior. Enjoy.
New tech to keep you and yours safe, whether you’re tucked up in bed, or taking a well earned holiday.
What is clear is that London property is one of the de-facto safe havens of the global rich. As the wealth and population of the planet increases, it becomes smaller, and the demand for the uber brand of ‘London property’ will become much more intense...
Despite more caution among buyers, sellers can still expect to secure a quick sale at the right price if they do things right.
If you like the occasional Scotch, Martini, a cocktail perhaps, make a feature out of the beautiful bottle collection. Here are twelve drink-trollies to mix up your interior.
Everyone wants to know what their property could be worth. The easiest way to get a rough idea is to look at your neighbours property, what sold, what's on the market and what's going on on your street.
Being in the property market, we were literally on the edge of our seats as the election unfolded. A new government always means new policies, and new policies mean uncertainty, which always negatively affects the market.
With the general election looming and speculation that interest rates would rise in early 2015, the residential property market was widely expected to grind to a halt during the first half of this year.
It seems Poland is making its mark in architecture, with the Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin recently winning the Mies van der Rohe prize, the most prestigious prize in European architecture.
Those looking for an industrial warehouse for conversion always look East. But how to do it?
Markets and investors, of all sorts, hate uncertainty and speculation and so a majority Government of any colour, I think, would have been welcomed.
Decorating a room for a child is difficult, but don’t think that fun for the kids has to compromise a stylish interior. The only question is, do you decorate for now or the future?
Get those windows open and let the warm summer breeze in. Maybe it's time for a little redecorating?
Your average Fulham buyer is attracted to the rows of beautiful Victorian terraced properties that make up the majority of homes across the borough. However don’t write off a new build property before you’ve had a chance to hear both sides of the story!
Some arguments are more difficult than others to solve. Like the eternal argument between those who have chosen to make London their home, and those who have not.
Most of us encounter the District Valuer (DV) at some time in connection with Probate, where Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will consult the DV on values submitted for Inheritance Tax (IHT).
With the British Government moving ahead with programs that will introduce driverless cars to our roads (they’ve promised a full review of current legislation, including the Highway Code, by 2017), it seems that the future is well and truly here. This makes it as good a time as any to take a look at all the bright, shiny things that will be ushering our homes into the chrome plated future.
When you’re searching for a new property, there are certain things you look for. Proximity to good schools, industrial fittings perhaps, a macabre history or the kind of exterior that could withstand a military assault? What are the real deal-breakers for you when you’re hunting for your home?
The Ottoman was brought to Europe from the Ottoman Empire in the late 18th century and is a piece of furniture consisting of a padded, upholstered seat or bench, usually having neither a back nor arms, often used as a stool, footstool or, in some cases, as a coffee table.
What’s in store for the unpredictable property market this year?
We have the privilege to look at amazing architecture and interior design every day, but we often forget to put our design-vanity aside, escape the metropolis and enjoy the un-designed landscape we call nature.
Remembering the fifties, Ikea is reissuing some of their early signature pieces from the 1950’s.
A home is certainly a place to relax in, but often forgotten is the way the occupants can move within the space.
Mostly, people don’t like the idea of limitations, they are often thought of as the synonym for hindrance. PKMN Architects thought differently, and considered limitations to be the first step towards innovation.
How do the new rules on Stamp Duty effect getting a mortgage?
The kitchen, the most important space in the house, do it proud!
Are you looking to improve your home but concerned about who to use to do the work due to fear of falling victim to a rogue trader?
Who wants to live in a high-rise new build? Who wouldn’t?
With Christmas long gone, and spring in sight, perhaps it's time to get the winter out of your interior and freshen it up with some new goodies. Here's some inspiration.
Don’t get caught out with costly maintenance on your home before you’ve even had a chance to move in.
I am getting an expensive mortgage valuation, will I need a survey as well?
Why does property cost so much?
Letting? How do you make your property stand out from the competition.
Add a hint of an industrial feel to your interior by adding a copper or brass detail. Here's some inspiration.
The Spring Brik magazine is here. Bear or Bull Market? With the long shadow of the general election putting the market on ice in terms of 'deals done', will bear buyers now get bullish or continue to hold out for sellers to crack and reduce their prices? Time will tell!
December issue of the Brik Magazine is here. Find out what's stewing in the increasingly hard to predict London property market. What will the new year 2015 bring? A rise in demand driven by the recent 'correction' or a further freezing of the market as the chill of the general election threatens to put everything on ice.
Considering moving or remortgaging? Then you’ve never had it so good as rates tumble across the board.
There’s no doubt about it: The general election will influence the direction of the residential property market significantly, in the coming months, especially in London.
Shoreditch: eat your heart out! With the recently finished Beard and Moustache Championships now over, most Londoner’s beards now aren’t worth a passing glance, let alone a mention.
Extending into the basement and garden comes in many shapes and forms, but more often you see the ‘good olde’ kitchen-opening-out-onto-garden arrangement.
You may have noticed that mortgage rates, especially five year fixed, have fallen again. This clearly is rather embarrassing, as I (and to be fair, the rest of my industry) have been telling you that rates are on the up and you need to remortgage now to lock in them in. So what has happened?
Industrial style interiors are not a new concept. Disused factory spaces have been converted into trendy warehouse style apartments,
...or is it a waste of money? Last year the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) commissioned a survey of recent property purchasers.
The holiday's are closing in, a time for giving and receiving presents. If your wish-list is still incomplete or looking for that one present for you better half. Big or small, here's some inspiration.
Whether you’re buying your first home, upgrading to a family sized property, or downgrading after the kids have left in order to free up some capital and maybe take that trip you’ve been planning, there really is no shame in wanting your property to appreciate in value.
So you’re thinking about investing in property? Or perhaps you already hold a portfolio and are looking for the next buy. Whichever category you fall into, you obviously will be asking yourself that all-important question: where is the next hot spot?
If you have a property on the market and you’re struggling to sell it, fear not, there are myriad reasons why this might be the case, from seasonal market fluctuations, to simple coincidences, and there are many simple tricks and tips to employ to make sure your property doesn’t stall your future plans.
Alistair Hargreaves candidly explains the most effective way to find the best mortgage and also gives advice on how and why to choose a mortgage broker should you wish to.
Before the great crash of 2008 interest only mortgages were abused horribly. They're still around and still very useful but as Alistair Hargreaves explains they are very much more difficult to come by.
Expert mortgage broker Alistair Hargreaves from John Charcol explains the process through which you can re-mortgage your property and the advantages of doing so, should you wish to.
Lenders will look at something called your 'Credit Score' when deciding to lend to you or not. Alistair Hargreaves explains how this is made up from more than just the info your bank holds on you.
Lettings expert Tyrone Olivier explains how it's always possible to leave a tenancy early especially if you're on good terms with your landlord.
Lettings expert Tyrone Olivier explains the basics of tenancy contracts and break clauses.
Loft Extension #10: Peter Couldridge from Uber Contracts explains how important it is to avoid changing your mind mid-way through the building process.
Mortgage expert and consultant Alistair Hargreaves explains what a Buy-to-Let mortgage is, their availability and also how they are exempt from the new restrictions in the mortgage market.
Loft Extension #9: Peter Couldridge from Uber Contracts explains the importance of ensuring you have a contract of payment with your builder or building company prior to works beginning.
Tyrone Olivier explains the basics of the tenants deposit and why it is required.
Loft Extension #8: Building expert Peter Couldridge explains the process of initial architects drawings to submitting and obtaining the relevant planning permissions.
Mortgage consultant Alistair Hargreaves explains how increasing the length of term for your mortgage can reduce your monthly repayments but will increase the overall amount you'll repay.
Tyrone Olivier explains the basics of break clauses within a tenancy agreement.
Loft Extension #7: Peter Couldridge from Uber Contracts offers some friendly advice on how to choose the right builder for your product.
Mortgage consultant Alistair Hargreaves from John Charcol explains what the term Loan to Value means and how it is used to calculate the size of your loan against the value of your property.
Tyrone Olivier explains what 'Break Clauses' are and how and when they are often applied within a tenancy.
Loft Extension #6: Expert builder Peter Couldridge explains what 'Building Regulations' are and when you'll need them, how much they'll cost and the best way of satisfying this requirement.
Alistair Hargreaves, mortgage consultant from John Charcol explains what Loan to Value means and how it can affect how much you can afford to borrow and subsequent repayments.
Lettings expert Tyrone Olivier explains the best process for putting forward your rental offer to your potential landlord, what to watch out for and some common 'gotchas' to avoid.
Experienced lettings manager Tyrone Olivier talks you through your options as a Landlord when deciding whether or not you should furnish your rental property.
Loft Extension #5: If you're planning on doing works to your property and you're a leaseholder then you'll need a 'License to Alter'. Peter Couldridge explains what this is and when you'll need one.
Mortgage consultant Alistair Hargreaves explains how to roughly work out how much you should be able to borrow based on how big your deposit is and how much you earn.
Tyrone Olivier explains how tenants deposits are held within third party deposit protection schemes.
Tyrone Olivier explains the simple things (often overlooked by landlords) that you should be doing before putting your property on to the lettings market.
Loft Extension #4: Peter Couldridge explains what a Party Wall Agreement is and when it is legally required.
Mortgage consultant Alistair Hargreaves explains what the recently implemented Mortgage Market Review (MMR) is and how it effects the mortgage application process.
Lettings expert Tyrone Olivier explains how, as a new tenant, you will be required to be referenced. This ensures that you can afford to pay the asking rent and checks you are who you say you are.
James Sims and Mike Horne run down the full costs of purchasing a property on top of the asking price, including stamp duty, solicitors fees and searches, to name a few.
Lettings expert Tyrone Olivier explains the rough costs and legal requirements that you will be required to fulfil as a Landlord. Including Gas Safety certificates and EPC's etc.
Loft Extension #3: Peter Couldridge from Uber Contracts candidly explains the various routes available to you when looking to appoint a builder or building contractor.
Mortgage consultant Alistair Hargreaves (from John Charcol) explains the process in which a mortgage company will assess you for a loan. Including your credit score and affordability.
As a tenant there are a few different types of tenancy contracts that you can be asked to sign-up to. Tyrone Olivier helps you recognise the differences between them here.
Selling experts Mike Horne and James Sims explain how the information you provide alongside your offer can have a large bearing on how successful your offer ultimately will be.
Tyrone Olivier explains the process in which to set an effective asking price for your rental property.
Loft Extension #2: Expert builder Peter Couldridge explains the approximate time and costings for your extension into the loft.
Expert mortgage consultant Alistair Hargreaves from John Charcol describes how mortgage companies assess your circumstances in order to offer you a loan.
When renting you need to take into account not just the asking rent but additional costs such as the deposit, referencing and inventory fees, amongst others...
James Sims and Mike Horne explain the quickest way to begin to understand the market place you intend on buying within. They also discuss the advantages of talking to a mortgage broker before looking.
Tyrone Olivier candidly explains the importance of ensuring that your letting agent is a member of ARLA (Association of Residential Lettings Agents).
Loft Extension #1: Considering extending into your loft space? Seasoned builder Peter Couldridge from Uber Contracts explains the first step in the process.
James Sims, Mike Horne and Alex Weldon explain the conveyancing the process. The process that occurs between an excepted offer and completion (when your buyer picks up the keys). This is where an experienced estate agent really earns their keep.
Mike Horne, James Sims and Chris Littlewood explain the pitfalls to look out for when receiving or accepting an offer.
Mike Horne, James Sims, Alex Weldon and Chris Littlewood explain how setting the right asking price can help you achieve a higher price. They also talk about tricks and tips on marketing your property.
Mike Horne, Chris Littlewood, James Sims and Alex Weldon candidly explain how to choose your estate agent and avoid getting the wool pulled over your eyes by an unscrupulous one.
James Sims explains the seasonality of the London property market and when the best times of the year are to sell.
Working from West London, we get bombarded with properties with amazing interiors. This two-bedroom maisonette on Hurlingham Road in Fulham is a particularly good example.
With the stay-inside-weather approaching, you might be considering a new sofa to snuggle up on in front of the TV, perhaps. Here's some inspiration.
With the outlook for savers looking grim, growth in the buy-to-let sector looks set to continue, despite mounting speculation that interest rates will soon increase.
Originally introduced in 1991, the Property Misdescriptions Act is described, in the official tongue of the government, as ‘an Act to prohibit the making of false or misleading statements about property matters in the course of estate agency business and property development business.’
With more and more investment pouring into London from the fields of technology, media and finance, it’s still the place to be for affluent young professionals looking to build a life. Whether you’re one of these young upstarts or a landlord looking to capitalise on the market, here are some areas that are holding their own in the competition to be the most desirable place to live in London, and a couple of upstarts vying for poll position…
A compilation of Pretty Little Things that get our design-senses tingling.
Dragging over from last year into the spring and early summer there has been a considerable problem for buyers in obtaining timely mortgage valuations. In a recent mystery shopping exercise, carried out by Mortgage Strategy magazine, three of the biggest surveying companies – Colleys, E.Surv and Connells were contacted for a HomeBuyer report and separately for a valuation for a property in London SW15, with a mortgage from Halifax. Connells and e.surv were not accepting new instructions and Colleys had a waiting time of over a month.
The internet is good for a lot of things: Shopping, music, movies, cooking, dating and even buying a home have all been revolutionized by the online world...
I’ve lost count of the number of times that a client has asked me if ‘Interest Only’ is a thing of the past – and I always answer that no, it still exists, but only for specific clients and only in specific circumstances.
Space is a premium in the crowded city of London, but studio Alma-Nac knew exactly what to do with this 2.3 meter wide gem of a house in south London (yes it really is only 230cm wide).
Often it’s suggested that design is a personal choice. But time and time again it has been evident that time is the ultimate decider, with the power to strip away modern fads and leave just the purity of balance that is enduring.
A certain thing that definitely gets our adrenaline cooking is the beauty of properly build motor vehicles. Derick van den Bussche, the founder of VDBMoto, feels the same way and build this beauty of a beast.
If only we understood our cognitive limitations as well as our physical limitations, the world would be a more rational place.
Some purchasers are now baulking at higher property prices in the capital, which leapt by a staggering 20.1% in the year to May, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), helping to push the national average increase to 10.5%.
The September 2014 issue of the Brik Magazine is out the door. This issue we offer some perspective on the rumour that the bubble is about to burst, and some inspiration for your place's interior as well.
The Autumn and New Year are always the best times of year to sell, and with Fulham prices looking like topping out, now could be the best time in the next year, or even two, to put your home on the market.
Don't underestimate the power of accessories. Here's some inspiration to take the edge off moody designer seating areas in your home.
The benefits of being a buy-to-let landlord cannot be underestimated. Indeed, the Telegraph reported at the end of May the value of property owned by Britain’s thousands of buy-to-let investors nearly matching that of the entire country’s pension savings.
When looking to sell your property and move on, you will of course be eager to find ways to maximize the value of your house. And it has long been assured that renovation is a sure fire way to add the potential for a serious uplift in your property’s value when it does go to market.
Buying a property, whether it’s a new family home, a starter for the kids, or a place to secure your savings is a stressful experience. It’s right up there with all of life’s major hurdles.
So you have bought a leasehold house, however that does not mean that you own it forever in the same way as if you had bought a freehold house.
Ready for some design to bring the summer in your home (or outside your home)? Here's 10 pretty little things which keep the summer going.
The last three months have been somewhat of a bumpy ride for the mortgage industry.
In the world of property prices, passing the million pound mark has long been a major milestone. Until relatively recently, owners of homes worth £1million+ belonged to an exclusive club.
While we’ve long been fans of connected domestic appliances for upping our home control and a little light showing off, the use of them as guilt-appeasing eco-warriors is on the rise. From energy app alerts to integrated iEfficiency systems, it’s never been simpler, or techier, to be seen to be green.
A friend of mine recently informed me that he wants to move back to London having lived abroad since 2008. As a Londoner born and bred, he knows all about living in the capital. But a lot has changed since he left the city six years ago.
An existing Victorian family home, completely overhauled and converted into a contemporary family home.
Wedged between two existing properties, Studio 54 designed this two bedroom house to fit perfectly in the awkward angular plot.
We love it when we meet another company driven by passionate people and a love for what they do. Eat, Sleep, Live is the living proof of how passion makes high quality products.
With levels of demand in the capital incomparable to the rest of the country, London’s housing market is quite simply red hot.
The summer issue of the Brik Magazine is here! Bulging with interesting articles on the property market, home-improvement, tips and tricks for sellers, and we also compare property values across different areas of London.
Selling can be a bumpy road and without the proper know-how might very well end in a ditch rather than a smooth sale.
Sometimes you need to be able to put your Chateau Petrus down whilst you continue your chat on modernist philosophy. These side tables should do the trick.
Quick fixes, handy hints and unbreakable rules: here are some top tips for new landlords or those thinking about investing in buy to let; minus all the boring stuff like taxes, licenses, tenancy deposit schemes, surveys and all the paperwork…
We’ve all heard the rules about what to do and what not to when you’re preparing your house for market and that strange period when you must invite strangers into your (soon to be ex) home to judge it: Put the oven on low and bake some bread (here’s a secret, heating up some supermarket pastries will give you the same effect with half the fuss), put on some coffee, clean away the kids toys and take the dog for a walk.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a first time buyer, looking to make an upgrade for a growing family, thinking about getting a Buy To Let property, or a seasoned pro, you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t have a couple of questions. So here, we’ll attempt to answer a few of the biggest head scratchers.
With the sun peaking through the grey clouds, we can definitely feel the spring. Time for a spring freshing-up of your house, here's 10 Pretty Little Things to bring the spring inside.
So you’ve bought a flat! Congratulations. In the majority of cases, this will be the right to occupy the flat for a fixed number of years. The next step: buying the freehold and the property is definitely yours.
You may have been aware via the media of the Mortgage Market Review (MMR) that has been implemented on 26th April this year. So far it looks like it’s been a seismic shift in how residential mortgages are underwritten, and will have impacts on both the amount of money that can be lent (especially to those of you with children, school fees or unsecured debts) and the time it will take to get offers out.
Purchasing a property often means inheriting the living habits of the previous occupants.
For some time, wider press coverage of contemporary art was generally limited to mocking articles about galleries wasting public cash on piles of old bricks (specifically, the Tate’s purchase of Carl Andre’s Equivalent VIII).
It’s all well and good filling your designer digs with the most stylish, connected and futureproof of technology to enrich and upgrade your life, but if your first line of defence against someone breaking in and swiping it all doesn’t stretch beyond bedside light timers and having a friend pop round to turn the telly on and off, it could all be in vain.
Space is all relative, in both size and interpretation, as proven by Veronica Lucey from Magenta Pink Interiors in this Fulham Victorian House. A collection of spaces in beautiful transition from one to another.
Where is madness to be found? Nearer than you might think, you come to realise while reading Jon Ronson’s ‘The Psychopath Test’. The book, which has been around since 2011 could be quite an interesting read for you potential psychopaths who haven’t discovered it yet.
Hong Kong based design studio LYCS Architecture have designed a quirky but beautiful desk which creates an exciting landscape for your cat to explore... and for you to work on. The days of being unable to get any work done because your cat is taking a nap on your keyboard are now behind us.
With demand outstripping supply, property prices in the capital are still increasing, while the rental market also remains highly active, says property journalist Marc Da Silva.
With properties prices constantly growing, becoming a landlord for a while can potentially be a wise decision. Here's ten things you need to know to get you started as a landlord.
The May issue of the Brik Magazine is here, this time we break down the current London property market and layout the steps from being a first time buyer, to owning an extended portfolio of bricks-and-mortar.
Are you looking for that designer piece, flashy statement or rustic comfort? Here some inspiration of great armchairs in which you cozy up with a book or engage in philosophical debate.
So you want to become a landlord, Good for you. But before you make the big step in letting out your property, we’ve got some answers to your many questions…
Thinking about selling your home? Well you should be thinking about getting pre-approved planning permission too. For a comparatively small amount of money, you can radically improve the price tag and appeal of your property.
If you want a home, prepare for war. That might sound dramatic, but it’s a neat way of saying that the market is, shall we say, competitive. The booming property market in the UK shows no sign of slowing down, so it’s important that you learn to move as quickly, efficiently, and as decisively as possible.
Here's ten Pretty Little Things for you and your home to introduce a natural rustic feel in it's most natural way, with a hint of contemporary gadgets to create that lovely balance.
For the last three years the Bank of England and the Government have been attempting to stoke the mortgage and housing market, trying to rouse it from its stupor. Coal, in the form of 0.5% base rate, quantative easing, Funding for Lending and the Help to Buy schemes have been shovelled into the engine by successive Governors and Prime Ministers, and finally last year the mortgage locomotive started to make its way up the hill of recovery.
It is often thought that something bold and high impact will make the most difference to a property’s value. For this reason it’s often glamorous extensions and basement developments that grab peoples imagination when they consider developing their home. The humble roof extension is often dismissed as the first rung on the ladder of home development - offering a new lease of life to redundant space rather than creating new rooms to grow into.
Recently, a widely-circulated article on Buzzfeed – the vast, traffic-hoovering website made up of funny, well-observed lists and flickering hoards of appropriate gifs – rated and ranked all of London’s tube lines. The District Line – the stripe of British racing green which links up Richmond in the south east with Upminster in the east – fared poorly. Ranked a dull, middling eighth out of fifteen, it was damned as:
A new age of apps is upon us, one that extends the control, convenience and wanton distraction of our touch-screen pocket pals to the broader world. In fact, we need never touch, or even be in the same room as our many worldly possessions again, as our phones and tablets are being granted entry into an ever-more interconnected wonderland of technology that talks each other’s language.
Anticipating on the shortage of light, architect Ido Kenji manipulated the volume of the interiors to enable light through the skylight to penetrate down to the lower floors.
German practice Hornung and Jacobi Architecture created an uber-contemporary family home in strong contrast with the existing curved road and stone wall wrapping the coast of Rhodes. The mathematical paneling on a background of natural lines create a fascinating structure individualistic to its classic environment.
This house by Japanese architect Nobuo Araki was designed to connect with the sea. The large windows enable the residents to view the sea from the huge living room and roof terrace. Using concrete, glass, wood and steel, Araki kept this house minimalistic and warm at the same time, creating a mixture of natural colours and Japanese design.
After 40 years, Ford decided to bring the very next Ford Mustang to the UK in 2015, with indeed, the steering-wheel on the right hand side.
Whilst you may get some interesting looks reading a book with such a title on the tube in the morning, you can sit smugly in the knowledge that only those that have also read it will be able to understand the irony of that, for this book (the second from self professed, inspiration artist Simon Sinek) is about as opposite to the ‘me first - business mentality’ that at first glance the book suggests.
Based on the memory when he was left alone in a car as a child, London-based fine art photographer Martin Usborne created a beautiful portrait of dogs as they sit and wait inside locked vehicles for their owners to return.
Thinking, worrying and arguing about property, it seems, has replaced the weather as the nations number one conversation topic. People discuss it on the way to work, at work, in the pub, over dinner, and on holiday. It is the cause off countless arguments between friends, family, colleagues, and loved ones.
In the March issue of the Brik Mag, we go deeper into the different perspectives on the property market and prepare buyers for an ultra competitive 'sellers market'.
Now that you have carefully designed those beautiful living spaces, don't forget that place where to work or simply sit down to go through the mail. Here's some inspiration.
An unsettled market in 2013 has left many landlords with low rental yields and questions about the future. But for any landlords looking for reassurance, we have good news.
Already built up, but can’t build out? Then you’ll have to build down. Architect and founder of How About Studio, Nick Wood, digs into the world of basement conversions.
China now has the second biggest economy in the world. But what does that mean for London? An influx of ambitious, exciting and wealthy new residents, says journalist and serial property buyer, Alex Rayner.
If you listen really carefully you might be able to hear it...its pretty quiet so just be alert...no? Well, it’s the sound of the tap being turned off for Funding for Lending for mortgages.
Emrys Architects created an copper-bronze alloy covered office extension, connecting two houses. The contrast between the classic Georgian architecture and contemporary geometry creates a dramatic transition from old to new. The triangular shapes compliments the terrace dimensions as well as the bronze and brown brick.
The start of a new year is a time to take stock and look for ways to improve and learn from past mistakes. And this applies not only to your personal life, but also to the property market. It is an organic, fluid beast, subject to far reaching influences, both societal and economical. Yet we can look into the future and make accurate predictions about the way the market might move.
No matter what your square footage is, selling a home of any size, for whatever reason, is guaranteed to give you a few sleepless nights. But a bit of preparation can go a long way. So with that in mind, here are the five (it wouldn’t be fair to say easy) steps of selling a home.
Buying your first home is an invigorating, exciting, frustrating and terrifying experience. But if you come armed with the right knowledge and the right questions, the whole thing can run surprisingly smoothly. Here’s everything you need to know about entering the property market.
From watches and toys to shelves and bookcases, 13 things that have caught our eye this month.
Your bathroom may be home to vast quantities of water and, if your builder’s done his job right, a complete lack of plug sockets, but the world’s design minds have advanced enough that this doesn’t mean your wet-room paradise has to be a technology vacuum.
Based on the traditional Japanese Minka, this structure of three separate building form this suburban family-home. Architect Tomohiro Hata combines brilliantly the contemporary lines and minimalist details with traditional stone and wood. Additionally, the warm grey and fresh greens give it a warm homey feel.
Designed by Portuguese studio Ezzo, this surprising combination of concrete and light woods cleverly interacts with the small space. The seating area and the kitchen is sunken into the floor, and the kitchen worktop doubles up as the dining room floor. A unusual combination round and straight lines and hard and soft materials.
Designed by Bureau de Change, these two neighboring Victorian Houses are merged into one massive family home. The combination of exposed materials and clean white lines evoke a warm and contemporary feel, and emphasizes the original separate structures. Making everything as open plan as possible, the family home is a unique creation of space in the busy city-centre of London.
In response to the amount of bicycle accidents happening in London, Norman Foster has unveiled a concept of elevated bike-roads following the routes of existing train lines, to promote London ‘cycling utopia’. If approved, the route will exceed 220 kilometers, and would be finished by 2024.
Introduced seven years ago, the flat-pack Sandwich-bike has gone into production in December after being praised by designers world wide.
The first 2014 issue of the Brik Magazine is here, in which we explain the somewhat worrying effects of Help-to-Buy, try to inspire you with impressive architecture and answer buyer's questions.
It's november, the days start dark and foggy and the trees are coloured red and yellow. Why not get some of that autumn feeling inside as well. Here's 12 lamps to get you started.
It’s a dog eat dog world and navigating those choppy waters isn’t always easy. Whatever your preferred metaphor is, the basic truth is the same: renting in London, whatever your budget might be, is not for the faint of heart.
Fulham is on the up, again. Over the next decade, new riverside developments will bring 13,000 new homes to the area. A junior school outpost of the prestigious Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle legitimises a move for those looking to raise children in the best that London has to offer. A new station in Imperial Wharf and the regeneration of Fulham Broadway, high-end shops and cafes; all of these are contributing factors to Fulham’s rise from its position as Chelsea’s suburb to major London player.
Beautiful design is often found in the purity of a shape, a perfect combination between interesting shape and convience stripped down to the bare minimum. Here's 12 examples for your Christmas wish-list.
Updating your home’s aesthetic gives you the opportunity to reflect any changes in your taste and lifestyle. It’s also a chance to take some time and really think about what’s going to work in your home for years to come.
If you are considering selling, there are a lot of things to think about, which comes with a portion of stress. But knowing these basics will most definitely ease your blood pressure.
So you’ve bought a flat, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you own it forever in the same way you would if you’d have bought freehold house. So what’s the scoop on extending your lease?
Brace yourselves, things are about to get interesting. The Government recently moved the second phase of Help to Buy forward, meaning the question on everyone’s lips is now: what difference is this going to make? Well, at the moment, I’m afraid it’s all a bit ‘wait and see’.
While sofas, colour schemes and appropriately out-of-sight media storage may be high on most people’s lists when turning a new house into a suitably stylish home, the inescapable technology that powers our lives can often become an interior afterthought, an aesthetic compromise to be made once the carpet’s down and the paint has dried.
This major new addition (the Herta and Paul Amir building) to the Tel Aviv museum of art was designed by Preston Scott Cohen Inc and is testament to what is possible when architectural vision and limitless pockets meet (the museum cost approximately $45 million to construct). Perhaps it’s standing proof that allocating enough money to public spaces is money wisely invested in the long run?
Designed by KMA architects, this stranger to the suburbs of Wrocław compliments the horizon with its extraordinary, simplistic contours. The edges of the roof were as three parts displaced along the ground plane and positioned one against another to appear connected. The geometry and pure white form is a refreshing contrast with the landscape.
This spectacular interior design by Minas Kosmidis cleverly uses the lack of natural light to its advantage. The detached house has been fitted with moveable wooden panels in place of doors and walls, that can be configured to maximise the available rays. Throughout, natural earth and sand colours echo the monumental Acropolis.
By Canadian Designer Anne Sophie Goneau, this combination of raw brick and steel I-beams with stylish white geometric walls creates a contemporary feel with authentic character. Not only the architecture plays this role, but the interior as well, a meeting of contemporary design and vintage feel in a minimalist environment.