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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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03.02.2014 No Comments

Fabulous fabric projects for your home

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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
We 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
If 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
Are 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
If 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.

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30.01.2014 No Comments

Five Magnificent Master Bedroom Designs

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If you’re in need of a bit of extra, private space, away from the kids, you may want to consider converting your unused loft into a master bedroom. Just think, you’d have a whole extra floor level to yourselves and if you designed it so, you could feel as though you were sleeping under the stars every evening – how’s that for romance?

So to help give you a helping hand inspiration-wise, we’ve found five magnificent master bedroom designs for you to copy. If grandeur, opulence and luxury are missing from your life right now, this could be the solution to your problem.

 

1. Balcony bedroom
How would you feel if we told you that you could have both the penthouse room as well as an adjoining balcony terrace? Well if the design of your house allows it, you could do just that – having the best of both worlds is possible.

We’d feel as if every day was a holiday with this gorgeous balcony master bedroom seen on houzz.com. In the bedroom, simple furniture and clean white walls allow the stunning balcony view to do all of the talking. And just imagine having your own private dining terrace during the summer – pure bliss, we reckon.

 

2. Under the sea bedroom
If you’re looking for the ultimate relaxation tool in your bedroom, why not use a creative headboard design to help you achieve the desired effect? The calming influence of water and fish will send anyone into a deep, dreamful sleep.

Freshome.com is jam-packed with creative headboard designs to make your bedroom totally unique. We couldn’t resist this custom-built headboard fish tank.

 

3. Glamorous and chic bedroom
If upholding a glamorous image is essential in your home, you may be interested in creating a sleek, expensive looking master bedroom.

Everything about this room from lovehome.co.uk screams glamour. From the opulent chandelier ceiling light, to the mirrored bedside tables and the studded headboard frame, the designer has combined a mixture of sleek and masculinity to achieve a bedroom fit for a king.

 

4. Hotel style bedroom
Have you ever wished your bedroom could look as stylish as a hotel room? Well there is absolutely no reason why you cannot emulate the style of your favourite hotel in your newly converted master bedroom.

Follow the recommendations of channel4.com and choose to make your bed the stand-out feature of the room. Invest in a good quality mattress for your king sized bed (luxury is key here) and sumptuous silk bed linen will take you instantly back to that luxurious hotel room you once stayed in. choose furniture to match the bed and stick to two main colours to bring everything together harmoniously. Dark purples will add a touch more opulence to the effect.

 

5. Multi-purpose bedroom
If you have sufficient loft space, you may wish to turn your master bedroom in to a liveable space, almost like a loft apartment. This could be ideal for older children who have moved back home after university, giving them much-needed privacy at a rate they can afford.

The first thing that struck us about this beautiful loft bedroom on housetohome.co.uk was just how spacious it is. High ceilings, plenty of natural light and simple, fresh wall shades combine to make this room a knockout. With a huge French style double bed, seating area by a cosy heater, and chest of drawer storage, this room has everything you could need. We love the shuttered ‘window’ display, while the well-placed mirror adds even more space and light to the room.

We’re sure by now that you’re convinced just how amazing a master bedroom you could create, simply by converting your loft.

If you require any more design inspiration, our gallery is full of previous work we’ve completed for our clients, while our extensive client testimonial portfolio details exactly why we’re the best in the conversion industry.

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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13.06.2013 No Comments

Seven of the best loft conversions ideas

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Do you have a loft that you barely use? Maybe it’s really draughty up there, you’re afraid of spiders, or it’s currently acting as a dumping ground for everything you still need to sort out?

Well, did you know that making a three bedroom home into a four bedroom home can add anything up to 15 or 20% per cent to the value of your home, depending on where you live?

Whatever the reason, there are plenty of options when it comes to making the most from your loft.

Here at Econoloft, we love to help you make your house in to an even greater home, so we’ve come up with seven of our favourite ideas for loft conversions…

1. Nice and Nautical

By far the most popular in loft conversions, adding an extra bedroom can give your teenager some much needed space as they grow up, as well as add extra value to your house.

 

Nautical is a very on-trend theme at the moment. Bold reds and blues really help to brighten up an otherwise neutral room. Painting the walls white makes your loft look much more spacious, whilst matching rugs add extra warmth for chilly days. Find out how you can re-create this seaside theme with some helpful tips from Channel4.com.

2. Entertain yourself

An entire room devoted to games will not only keep your kids entertained on a rainy day, it’ll also ensure the rest of your house stays tidy. Bonus!

 

It’s not just younger kids who’ll love a games room either – let the man of the house be a big kid too with the addition of a pool table.

3. Get Wetter than Wet

Turn your loft in to a wet room! Create a chic and ultra-modern feel with a wet room, ideal for those who have a small loft.

 

This wet room from housetohome.co.uk shows how combining cool steely grey tones with black grouted tiles can give your wet room an up-to-date, stylish look.

4. Dine in Style

If you’ve always longed for a room in which to entertain guests but you don’t have enough space for a dining room or your current one isn’t very modern, converting your loft in to a dining area could be the ideal solution.

 

Floor to ceiling windows let in plenty of light to brighten up the room. Eat every meal with a spectacular view, and enjoy dining in an intimate space.

5. Lounge Around

How about a loft-converted living room? Whether you’re just looking for a bit of extra space or a quiet area you can escape to, converting your loft into a living room is a great use of extra space.

 

A corner sofa makes the most of the space – add large squishy cushions for a comfortable homely feel. Tall racks make great storage space for DVDs and CDs, without taking up too much space.

6. Find your inner calm

If you need somewhere quiet and peaceful to study, the loft is the perfect place to convert into a home study. Work can be stressful at the best of times, so converting your loft into a space which helps you keep calm and de-stress can do wonders for your motivation!

 

White furniture adds a contemporary feel to a loft space, and is known to be a calming colour. Wall attached shelving units make great storage space, enabling you to keep your office perfectly organised.

 

7. Clutter be-gone!

Lofts are most commonly used for as storage; usually very messy with anything and everything just plonked up there, just to get it out of the way. So, instead of cluttering up your loft with, why not get everything organised? Trust us, you will feel a lot better for it! Clean home, clear mind!

 

In-built cupboards with well-placed shelves allow you to store everything neatly away so you’ll easily be able to find your belongings.

With our help, you can convert your old dusty loft into the room of your dreams. All it takes is a little imagination and some creative thinking to add value to your home.

Don’t just take our word for it – have a look at what some of our lovely customers have to say about us on our testimonials page.

To book a free estimate, contact us on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

 

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01.02.2013 4 Comments