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Re: Recommend your builder

We are doing something similar to our new house and I think £80k isn't going to cover it. From the quotes we've had it will cost closer to double that. The main thing we found is that it isn't as straightforward as you might think to shift walls around in an attic space without also moving/altering ...
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Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:19 pm

Design & Build companies?

Hi I've just moved and am now looking for someone to do a kitchen extension, attic conversion, some rewiring and replumbing, replace bathrooms and a few other things. Ideally, I'm looking for a one stop shop who could deal with both the design and the building work. Can anyone recommend someone reli...
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Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:23 pm

Re: Streatham Common... advice!

For private schools, there is a branch of Broomwood Hall on Garrads Lane or for girls there is Streatham and Clapham High. Plus all the Dulwich schools are fairly close by car.
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Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:09 pm

Re: Planned induction v planned c section

Again I've not had both but I had two planned inductions as I had complicated pregnancies and wouldn't have got to my due date. Induced at 37 weeks both times, couple of hours wait until anything happened then babies arrived within 90 mins of labour starting with first and 45 mins with second. I was...
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Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:50 pm

Re: Floor sanding and mirrors cut to size

Yes I agree London Wood are brilliant and Balham glass good too
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Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:46 pm

Re: State versus private - which provides best education?

Thanks MM. It's easier to do if you are in an area where you work for individuals rather than corporates. Much easier to build up a following and once you have loyal clients then it just makes no sense to be working for a salary with a whole load of partners above you making the real money, when you...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 64
Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:39 pm

Re: State versus private - which provides best education?

Pie81 I liked my job but it was very hard work and long hours and as I was running my own practice there was no way I could scale that back or work fewer days per week. So it was all or nothing really. If I'd carried on then I would barely have seen the children. I'd have been leaving just after the...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 64
Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:27 pm

Re: State versus private - which provides best education?

Oh and part of the reason I can afford not to work now is because I earned a lot before which put us in a strong position financially so we have a low mortgage and I had savings.

Yes my husband's income now sustains us but a lot of our assets were funded by me.
Forum: Schools
Replies: 64
Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:55 am

Re: State versus private - which provides best education?

I met my husband at uni. We then both went into city jobs. When I stopped working I earnt a lot more than him and it wasn't definite his career would catch up (no where near 200k at that point). We decided we'd rather have less money but more time with the children. I worry more about the model we a...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 64
Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:51 am

Re: State versus private - which provides best education?

Well, my mother stayed at home as did pretty much all the mothers of my friends. I went to Oxford, then into law and had my own practice by the time I was 27. I was the higher earner at the time my first child was born. So I don't think it is a new situation nor a problem really. Instill the confide...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 64
Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:04 am

Re: State versus private - which provides best education?

Yikes northcutluvvie do you know me? 4x4 tick, city law firm partner husband tick, not working myself tick, holidays tick... In all seriousness, I think there is a huge difference. I'm state educated myself and didn't want that to be the case but with two in private prep now I can see it is. Small c...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 64
Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:07 am

Re: Help! Too late to apply for private reception 2015?

You'll be too late for the first come first served schools (Hornsby, Finton, Eaton House) but should be ok for the selective ones (Broomwood, Thomas, DPL etc...) although they also close their lists once they have a certain number registered for the admission tests so I wouldn't hang around. Wandswo...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 13
Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:02 pm


Livegreen my godmother runs a very sought after prep in west london and echoes what you said. However, she says whilst you can't determine academic ability as such at 5, they look for confidence, inquisitiveness, eagerness to learn and eloquence. Doesn't guarantee these kids will be future geniuses ...
Forum: Schools
Replies: 17
Fri Dec 13, 2013 4:21 pm

Re: Book series for six years old

My 6 year old boy loves the Enid Blyton "Magic Faraway Tree" series and the shorter Roald Dahl's but his absolute favourites are the Mr Gum stories - they have him almost crying with laughter and he sloped off to his room daily to read them.
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Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:20 pm

Re: Paediatric chiropractor or osteopath for reflux?

Bubs - I wasn't madly keen on my LO being on such a high dose but he had very severe reflux and it was the only thing that worked. Rantidine (zantac) and omeprazole essentially work in the same way but to a different degree. Zantac reduces stomach acid production, omeprazole stops it altogether. My ...
Forum: Wellbeing
Replies: 18
Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:02 am