Unusual buildings you wouldn’t expect to be homes

This week, we’ll be focusing on some truly special homes. Everyone considers their home to be the best – with all of the time and effort you put into it, why wouldn’t you? But not everyone has the privilege of calling a windmill their home. Believe it or not, you can convert pretty much any building into a home, with a little imagination and some help from the experts. So let’s take a closer look at some unusual buildings you wouldn’t expect to be made into homes – you may be surprised.

Water pumping station

home1home2Found in west Yorkshire, this former water pumping station is now a stunning contemporary home, complete with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two reception rooms. While the interior has been totally modernised and refreshed, the building’s exterior is a true reflection that this was not always a home. And as homedit.com rightly points out, the countryside views are amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windmill

home 3This Grade II – listed converted windmill can be found in Brighton. It was built back in 1885 and served as a lookout post during WWII. During the conversion process, the ladders were replaced by spiral staircases, with the ground floor featuring a bespoke kitchen, and the upper floors housing four bedrooms. And according to homesandproperty.co.uk, it could be yours for a cool £1 million.

 

Brewery

home3The Abbey Brewery in Wiltshire has been a four bedroomed home since its conversion in the 1980s. It hasn’t lost some of the more recognisable period features however, such as the exposed beams and vaulted ceilings. And what a cool place to call your home! We’re definitely jealous of the current owners. This brewery turned home features on a list of unusual buildings up for sale by the telegraph.co.uk. You can own this home for £565,000.

Do you live in an unusual building?

Here at Econoloft, loft conversions are our area of expertise. With more than 40 years’ industry experience, we’re the ideal choice to complete your loft conversion job.

We understand how important it is to put your own stamp on your home, which is why we tailor our designs to meet your specifications.

Take a look at our gallery for design inspiration, and check out our impressive client testimonials.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

Quick and easy spring cleaning tips

We’re willing to bet that you sometimes look at your house and wish there was a cleaning fairy – be honest! It’s easy for clutter to mount up, especially during the winter when all you really want to do is curl up under your duvet with a mug of hot chocolate. But now that it’s nearly spring, the time has come to clear out that clutter once and for all – or at least until next winter. Cleaning doesn’t have to take long – just follow our quick and easy spring cleaning tips and your house will be spick and span in no time.

Organise your shelves

cleaning1If you’re anything like us, you’ll be itching to reorganise your shelves, particularly if you use them to store books or DVDs. It may sound like an arduous job, but tackling your shelves will give you a sense of satisfaction – plus it’ll be much easier to locate something. Housebeautiful.com recommends organising books by size and subject but if you’d rather sort them alphabetically, we totally understand.

 

 

 

 

Double up

cleaning2While it makes sense to tackle one room at a time, styleathome.com suggests tackling two things at once to save time. For instance, you could be making your bed and ironing your clothes while another load is in the washing machine.

 

 

 

 

Clean as you work

cleaning3Rather than letting your greasy pots mount up as you’re cooking, fill a bowl with hot soapy water and put any dirty dishes in there immediately. That way, the pots and pans can soak while you’re tea is in the oven, making washing up less of a daunting task afterwards. Womansday.com also suggests wiping up any spillages straightaway with a damp cloth to protect your surfaces.

 

 

 

 

Wash your windows

cleaning4You’re forgiven for not wanting to wash your windows in the winter, but once spring is here, there’s really no excuse. So get a bucket of warm soapy water and a squeegee and scrub off all of that winter grime. Marthastewart.com recommends washing large windows in a “snake” motion, before touching up the sides – that way, there’ll be fewer streaks.

Which chore do you plan on tackling first this spring?

Here at Econoloft, we have over 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry. As such, we’re something of an expert when it comes to home improvements.

Check out our gallery for design inspiration and be sure to have a read of our client testimonials – they detail exactly why we’re the best firm to complete your loft conversion job for you.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

Add some colour to your home this spring

During the winter, everything seems dull and drab – even the clothes we wear are darker. That’s why we’re so excited that spring is nearly upon us. It’ll give us all a chance to inject some colour back into our lives. Using brighter colours in your home will boost your mood and get your home looking fabulous for spring. So let’s take a look at the colours you should be using this spring.

Pastel tones

spring1This spring, it’s all about the candy coloured pastel shades – at least according to elledecor.com. We love the interplay of pink, green and yellow in this rug, offset by the muted sand coloured walls. The lavender sprigs and pale pink vases atop the mantelpiece complete the look, to give a soft, welcoming feel.

 

 

 

 

Rainbow hues

spring2Check out this rainbow coloured room from houseandhome.com. Don’t you think it’s just perfect for a kids’ bedroom? Each block of colour is broken up by a solid white stripe, giving the room a bright and breezy feel. We love the bright blue curtains and sunshine yellow bed linen too – you couldn’t fail to be happy if this was your bedroom.

 

 

 

 

 

Shades of green

spring3It’s no secret that green is a popular colour for spring. Not only does it signify new life, growth, and vitality, it’s also very calming. So why not recreate this multi-tonal green look from bhg.com in your home? The mint green of the wall adds a fresh vibe, while the pretty patterned lampshade and the curtains bring some warmth to the mix. And you can’t go wrong with a few springtime flowers either.

What’s your favourite springtime colour?

Here at Econoloft, we’re not just about interior design – although if you’re in need of inspiration, be sure to check out our gallery of previous work, as well as our client testimonials.

Our 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry makes us something of an expert when it comes to understanding the ins and outs of conversions, as well as what our valued clients want.

We offer a tailored service, which means that everything we do is in line with your specifications, so get those creative thinking caps on.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

Springtime florals for your home

It’s nearly spring – hurray! That means that we’ll soon be seeing lovely flowers blooming everywhere, the weather will get warmer, and winter will finally be over. Flowers go hand in hand with spring, which is why we’ve chosen to focus on them for today’s blog post. Let’s take a look at how you can introduce springtime florals into your home.

Pick flowers from your garden

flowers1It’s no problem if you can’t afford to keep buying fresh flowers – head out to your garden and pick some instead. Simply arrange them in old jam jars, like in this image from housetohome.co.uk, to make the perfect springtime table centrepiece. You can even coordinate your tableware to match, using shades of yellow and green.

 

 

 

Floral cushions

flowers2These pretty petal patterned cushions, seen on marthastewart.com, add a touch of femininity to any living room. We love the cornflower blue and olive green combination – it works really well against a neutral backdrop. The only issue we can see with these cushion is that they’re far too pretty to sit against – but we can live with that.

 

 

 

 

 

Floral headboard

flowers3Add some extra cheer to your bedroom with a ditsy floral printed headboard. We found this pretty bed on countryliving.com. Keep the rest of your bed linen neutral – we love the soft pastel shades in this image – they really complement the colours of the headboard. And to add some intrigue, mix and match your prints, like with the striped chair cushion and polka dot wallpaper. It makes for an eclectic, whimsical room.

 

 

 

 

Hang flowers on the wall

flowers4Of course, you can always incorporate floral designs into your wall hangings too, like in this picture we found on bhg.com. You can make this decoupage artwork yourself at home – simply print out some outlines of flowers or cut out images from magazines and arrange them onto a sheet of ivory coloured card. All you have to do then is frame your work and proudly display it for all to see.

What’s your favourite flower? How do you plan to introduce it into your home this spring?

Here at Econoloft, we have over 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry. But we’re not all construction work – we love to make a real difference to your home, and enjoy transforming it into the home of your dreams.

Just ask our previous clients – they’ll tell you exactly why we’re the best firm for the job. And if you’re in need of some more design inspiration, check out our gallery.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

Put a little spring into your home today

You may not think it, judging by the horrendous weather we’ve had recently, but spring is just around the corner. Soon the grey, dreary days will be replaced by sunshine and blue skies; the leaves will start to grow back on the trees, and you’ll probably find your mood start to improve too. So how can you reflect the outdoor change in your home? Well read on, because today we’ve got some great spring home ideas to share with you.

Leaf patterned wallpaper

spring1Bring a little bit of outside into your home with this natural-looking leaf patterned wallpaper, seen on housetohome.co.uk. Teamed with white washed furniture, this room looks clean, bright and fresh – everything you’d expect from spring really.

 

 

 

 

Grass candles

spring2We saw these grass candles on marthastewart.com and we think they’re perfect for bringing a little calm into your home. You don’t have to choose scented candles – the design can be enough to add tranquillity to a room. However, if you’re looking for the perfect spring scent, we recommend choosing a fresh smell such as clean linen, grass, or sea breeze.

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh fruit and flowers

spring3Tulips and daffodils are the perfect springtime flower to add a pop of colour and cheeriness to your home. Why not go one step further though, like in this image we found on bhg.com, and fill a vase with bright fruits, before adding in a colour clashing bunch of flowers – this will definitely brighten up even the dullest of days.

 

 

 

 

 

Bright paint

spring4A splash of paint will add a pop of colour to your home at little cost. We love this bright yellow kitchen, seen on housebeautiful.com. If you are going to paint your walls in a bright shade of paint, keep the rest of the furniture neutral, like in this image. That way, the wall colour will do all of the talking.

How will you add a bit of spring to your home?

As the season changes, you may well be considering a spot of home improvement. Here at Econoloft, our 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry makes us the ideal choice.

We can offer you the benefit of our many years’ experience and knowledge – don’t worry though, you’ll get plenty of opportunity to put your personal stamp on it, as we tailor all of our designs to your specification.

Take a look through our gallery for more design inspiration, while our client testimonials detail exactly why we’re the ideal firm to complete the job for you.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

DIY Valentine’s Gifts For The Home

It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow – we can’t wait! Earlier this week, we brought you the best ideas for a romantic night in. Today we’re focusing on gifts. If you find it hard to think of original gifts for your loved one, or you simply fancy a change from the usual flowers and chocolate, then read on, because this post will give you plenty of inspiration. Here are our favourite DIY Valentine’s gifts for the home.

Personalised soap

vday1Sometimes telling someone in person how you feel about them can be difficult, so why not say it with homemade soap instead? We found this great tutorial on sonyanimri.blogspot.co.uk. All you need are some letter-shaped biscuit cutters and some soap. Feel free to write any message you like, though it’s probably wiser to stick to something romantic, as it is Valentine’s Day.

 

Personalised photo frame

vday2We heart this photo frame idea, from realsimple.com. You can personalise it with a message or draw on a design of your choice. Paint a frame with chalkboard paint (preferably red) and then chalk away. We love the idea of framing a black and white photo – chic, classy and elegant, this gift is a true keeper.

 

 

Memory board

vday3If you’ve been with your Valentine for a few years already, then this memory board idea from bhg.com will make the perfect gift. Take a look through your old photos, and try to find some memorabilia that reminds you of the fun times you’ve shared – it could be concert tickets, a copy of the key to your first flat, an old love letter – anything you can find that will bring a smile to your face. Then simply choose a canvas board in a colour which will match a room in your home, and pin on your memories. Be warned: this present may make your loved one cry, it’s that sweet.

What’s the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever received on Valentine’s Day?

Here at Econoloft, we’re committed to transforming your home for the better. Our 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry has given us plenty of experience, but don’t worry, we won’t take over – we tailor all of our designs to suit your specifications.

Take a look at our gallery for design inspiration, while our impressive client testimonials prove just why we’re the best firm for the job.

For more information, or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

Treat your loved one to a night in this Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day on Friday – have you got anything special planned yet? Well if you haven’t, then we’ve got just the ticket. This year, rather than going out and spending a fortune (not that your loved one isn’t worth it of course – some couples have to live to a budget though), why not treat your loved one to a night in. That might not sound like your idea of romance, but you’d be surprised at just how special you can make the day, with a bit of décor here, and some candles there. Read on for some fabulous ideas for a stay-at-home Valentine’s Day this Friday.

Jar of hearts

vday1Don’t panic, we’re not about to serenade you. We found this pretty Valentine’s Day décor idea on digsdigs.com. This person seems to have thought of everything – there’s the iconic red and pink colour theme, heart garlands and a heart shaped wreath, red candles and matching flowers, and our personal favourite – jars of heart shaped sweets. How could your loved one fail to smile at this?

 

 

 

Fill a vase with flowers

vday2There’s nothing technically wrong with a dozen red roses – after all, they’re the most bought flowers on Valentine’s Day. But how about this year, you buy something a little better-thought out? We absolutely love these parrot tulips, seen on housebeautiful.com. They are the ideal flowers to arrange in a pitcher-style vase. You don’t have to choose white – some of the most beautiful flowers we’ve received have been red tulips. So try something different with your flowers this year – you can guarantee she’ll notice (for all the right reasons).

 

 

 

Scatter some petals

vday3If you’ve overdone the bunch of flowers gift, here’s a great alternative. We saw this romantic love heart idea on marthastewart.com. We love how it still incorporates flowers but in a thoughtful way. You should arrange the petals somewhere prominent, where your loved one will spot them as soon as they walk into the room – watch their face light up.

 

 

 

 

Set a romantic table

vday4The final step to your romantic night in is to lay the table before your other half arrives home. We love this pretty vintage style table decoration, seen on Pinterest.com. Choose soft pink coloured china in a whimsical pattern, and place paper love heart shaped napkins on top. Decorate the table with coordinating flowers, and scatter some confetti around. Finally, if you want to continue the pink theme further, choose only pink food and pink coloured drinks. It’s as simple as that.

How are you planning to make Valentine’s Day extra special this year?

Here at Econoloft, we love to bring you inspirational ideas and tips for decorating your home. Having been in the loft conversion industry for more than 40 years, we like to think we’re experienced enough to give you the best advice when it comes to home improvements.

Take a look at our gallery for more design inspiration, and check out our impressive client testimonials, which detail exactly why we’re the best firm for the job.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

Must-see buildings in London

This week we’re focusing on the most inspirational buildings and architecture. We took a look at the most stunning buildings of the world on Monday, so we thought that today we’d take the time to be a little patriotic. After all, our capital city has some equally amazing architecture and design – so much so that we’ve decided to devote a whole blog post to it. Here are London’s must-see buildings.

The Shard

building1The European Union’s tallest tower, The Shard, opened its doors to the public officially on 5 July 2012. Standing at a whopping 1016ft tall, it’s big enough to cover eight football pitches. For the opening ceremony, the designers decided to light the building up and beam lasers from it across London. Here’s an image courtesy of dailymail.co.uk. And that’s not the best thing – it offers spectacular views over the whole of the city, so you can spot your favourite landmarks – you’ll be surprised at how tiny they look from the viewing platform.

 

 

Lloyd’s building

building2The Lloyd’s building in London took a massive eight years to build. The design of architect Richard Rogers, the building is made up of 33,510 cubic metres of concrete, 30,000 square metres of stainless steel cladding and 12,000 square metres of glass. It opened back in 1986, measuring 95m high – it makes us dizzy just looking at it. There are 12 outside lifts too – we bet that would make a great view on your way into the office.

 

 

 

 

St Paul’s Cathedral

building3This huge design project was undertaken back in 1668 by British architect Sir Christopher Wren. Its dome measures almost 112 metres high, making it one of the largest in the world, according to creativebloq.com. Work began on the existing Cathedral following the Great Fire of London. The design of the building itself took a lengthy 10 years to complete, while the actual construction lasted for a further 40 years – that’s some dedication.

Buckingham Palace

building4We decided to save the best until last today. Buckingham Palace tops the list of visitlondon.com’s things to do, and it’s not hard to see why. Both locals and tourists alike regularly flock to see the home of Her Majesty The Queen – check out how ornate the detailing is on the gate posts! Clearly no expense has been spared by the team of construction workers – and why not, it is for The Queen, after all. Built in the neoclassical style, the Palace opened its gates in 1703 and is the work of four British architects, John Nash, Aston Webb, Edward Blore and William Winde.

Econoloft has been in the loft conversion industry for over 40 years. That gives us ideal experience to transform the properties of our customers into the home of their dreams – although we can’t promise an exact replica of Buckingham Palace, sorry.

If you’re a little stuck for design ideas, take a look at our gallery of previous work. While you’re at it, check out our impressive client testimonials – they detail exactly why we’re the best firm for the job.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

The world’s most inspirational buildings

Have you ever stopped to look, (we mean, really look) at a building? The majority of us seem to get from A to B on autopilot these days, without ever really pausing to admire the beauty around us. After all, it’s not just nature that is awe-inspiring – buildings can be too. We’ve narrowed down our favourite buildings in the world (and trust us, it was difficult), to give you a glimpse of just how truly stunning some architecture can be. You’re in for a treat. Here are the world’s most inspirational buildings.

Flatiron building, New York

flatiron1The flatiron building can be found in Manhattan, New York. So what makes it so special? Well, its unique triangular shape of course. It is the product of Chicago architect Daniel Burnham, designed to fill in the gap where Broadway and Fifth Avenue cross. And the reason behind its name? Well, according to therichest.com, it’s because, when viewed from above, the building looks exactly like a flat iron – weird but interesting fact.

 

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

flatiron2Also from the same website as above, we couldn’t not feature the Guggenheim Museum in our “world’s most inspirational buildings” post. That’s because, not only is it visually intriguing, it’s also renowned for being one of the most iconic architectural creations from the 20th century. And we’ve got Frank Gehry to thank for designing such a unique building, which today, houses multiple exhibitions for locals and tourists to visit.

 

Kansas City Public Library

flatiron3What we love about this building is its sheer simplicity. Libraries are supposed to inspire and set your mind a wandering. And there’s nothing more inspirational than featuring some of the world’s most acclaimed titles on the front of the building itself. There’s definitely no need for signposts to the Kansas City Public Library, as it stands out without a doubt as one of the most brilliantly conceived works of architecture. We found this image on cheapflights.co.uk.

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

flatiron4You’ve all heard of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (and if you haven’t, where on earth have you been?). But do you know the reason why it leans so? Well, the story goes that it happened during the construction, when the soft ground on one side of the tower could not support its weight. You’d think that it would have collapsed long ago, but the infamous tower has been standing strong (should that be leaning?) for more than 800 years. We thank stories.wayn.com for showcasing this spectacular piece of architecture.

Do you have a favourite building that you think deserves recognition?

Here at Econoloft, we’ve been in the loft conversion industry for more than 40 years. This makes us experts in the field.

We understand that your home is personal to you, which is why we tailor our designs to suit your specifications. Take a look at our gallery for more inspiration, while our client testimonials prove why we’re the best firm to complete the job for you.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

Fabulous fabric projects for your home

Earlier this week, we brought you some ideas for how you can use fabric to enhance and freshen up your home. Today, we’re taking that one step further. We know that you all love to get a little creative every now and again, so we’ve found some of the best (and easiest) fabric DIY projects which you can recreate when redecorating your home. Enjoy!

Chair covers

blog 1We found this fabulous chair cover on yourhomeonlybetter.com. Not only does it look great (not to mention original), it’s also super easy to make yourself. So forget all about buying expensive chairs and simply change the covers on your existing ones. You can use adhesive glue to stick the fabric to the chair – just make sure you measure out the fabric properly first. We really love the design of this fabric – it would work great for creating a monochrome look in your home.

 

 

 

 

Bay window blind

blog 2If you’ve got a bay window, it can be tricky to fit curtains. You can solve this problem by fitting a Roman blind. Choose some fabric in a pattern which complements the room like in this picture from housetohome.co.uk. We love how the green adds a pop of colour to the neutral room, making it look clean and fresh.

 

 

 

 

Soft quilt headboard

blog 3Are you fed up of banging your head on your solid headboard each morning? Well, we’ve got a great solution – hang a fabric quilt headboard instead. We found this simple idea on marthastewart.com. All you have to do is get your hands on a drapery rod and some brackets in the same shade as your wall. Install them at your preferred height and simply drape the quilt over the rod, straightening both sides out so they hang evenly. You could use your quilt to add colour to the room, or keep it neutral – it’s up to you.

 

 

Cabinet door panels

blog 4If you’re bored of your cabinets and fancy a change, why not simply replace the existing doors with some pretty patterned fabric? Stretch the fabric of your choice around a wooden frame and use a staple gun to hold it in place. If you want an easy clean version, sandwich the fabric between a wooden frame and a glass panel – that way you can simply wipe any dust off the glass. We’ve got bhg.com to thank for this great fabric idea.

Have you used fabric creatively in your home?

If you’re in need of more space in your home, you may be considering a loft conversion. At Econoloft, we’ve had over 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry, making us ideally qualified to complete the job for you.

We tailor our designs to suit your exact requirements – take a look at our gallery for inspiration and check our client testimonials for proof of why we’re the best firm for the job.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.