Monday, 13 March 2017

Something to meditate on

Interesting article by Tom Evans ( from The Federation of Small Businesses' magazine First Voice on the importance of taking time to regroup, recharge the batteries and look after your mind and body. Life is a marathon, not a sprint.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

GBS Designs Awarded Best of Houzz 2017

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

GBS Designs of Waterlooville, Hampshire has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The chartered architectural and design practice was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals on Houzz.

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including GBS Designs,” said Andrew Small, Managing Director of Houzz UK and Ireland. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

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About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit

Friday, 23 December 2016

Lions Clubs International - Havant

Delighted to learn that between us, we in the Havant Lions Club have raised over £5500.00 from the Christmas collections. All of the money will be spent helping those in need in the Havant area.

Where there's a need; there's a Lion.

Never above you,
Never below you,
Always beside you,
Lions Clubs International

Friday, 7 October 2016

The new national building control application service from the Planning Portal

This could be interesting.

So, building control is going online? Let's see what happens.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Orangery in Rake, Hampshire

It is not often that we get involved in a job like this but last year Mr & Mrs A Appelboam-Meadows commissioned us to design them an orangery extension to the rear of their beautiful home in Rake, Hampshire.

The team that put this project together were:

Architectural Services - GBS Designs
Structural Engineers - P J Davies Associates Ltd
Main Contractor - Agincourt Contractors Ltd

We think the photographs speak for themselves.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Yorkshire Fracking Permission Makes Waves

In an excellent article by Roger Milne we learn the North Yorkshire County Council have granted permission for an exploratory fracking scheme.

What?! Why?! and How?! Has this scheme been given approval? The move has upset environmentalists, scientists and local residents; the people who really know about these things and live there.

Gas, oil, coal and other fossil fuels are yesterday's fuels. We are currently in a cross over period from fossil fuels to renewable energies such as wind, wave and solar power, and it is the latter energy sources that all should be putting their efforts into.

To read the article see the link below.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Peers Overturn 20% Starter Home Requirement

This could be interesting. The simple fact is that more houses are needed where people want and have to live, and that those houses and homes must be built.

To read more HERE