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Unusual buildings you wouldn’t expect to be homes

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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

Found 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

This 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

The 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.

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03.03.2014 No Comments

Must-see buildings in London

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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
The 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

The 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
This 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
We 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.

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06.02.2014 No Comments

The world’s most inspirational buildings

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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
The 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
Also 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
What 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
You’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.

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