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Written by Kate Thompson

With such a cool, creative vibe happening in Southsea, it stands to reason there must be some pretty fabulous homes out there to intrigue and inspire us all. In the tradition of ‘Through the Keyhole,’ we are encouraging residents with beautiful, different and downright quirky abodes to throw open their doors to Southsea Lifestyle readers and share how they have made their mark on the place they call home.

When Jo MacManus was buying her Victorian home in Festing Road three years ago, she admitted there were a few sleepless nights.

“It had been a student house and every room was a bedsit with its own kitchen – there was an over-riding smell of Pot Noodles and unwashed socks,” she cheerfully recalled.

To make her dreams for the five bedroom home come true, she enlisted the help of Joe Moser from the Design Team Studios and builder Tom Fricker (TWF Building Services).

Jo is justifiably most proud of the stunning open plan kitchen with its industrial finish brought to life by the edgy Crittall windows that give it a warehouse feel. “When I told the electrician I wanted surface mounted ducting, he told me he had spent his whole career hiding that sort of thing.

“The Crittall windows were my biggest outlay but they are my greatest joy,” she said. Having masterminded this transformation, Jo is now looking for the next challenge and her house is currently on the market.

Here’s Jo’s top-tip…

“With a major project like this you have to rip the place apart before you put it back together. I would advise not to do what I did and live on site while the work is being done. It’s not good for you or the builders.”


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