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Quick and easy spring cleaning tips

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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

If 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

While 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

Rather 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

You’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.

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27.02.2014 No Comments

Put a little spring into your home today

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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
Bring 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
We 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
Tulips 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
A 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.

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17.02.2014 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

Get creative with fabric

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When people talk about home improvements, more often than not, they mean a lick of fresh paint here and there. However, you don’t have to repaint an entire room in order to freshen it up and give it a new lease of life. The more creative among you may prefer to use fabric instead. You don’t have to spend a fortune and you can fashion it into pretty much anything – perhaps a pair of curtains, some new cushion covers, or even a throw for your bed. It’s time to get creative – read on to find out what you can do in your home.

Upcycle an old shirt
It’s always nice to have new bedding, but it can get a little on the expensive side. Instead, why not upcycle an old shirt and use it as a pillowcase? We found this tartan number on goodideasforyou.com. We love that it even has a pocket to store your bedtime literature during the day.

 

Knit your own rug
If you’re stuck for ideas, you can always rely on Pinterest.com to come up trumps. Check out this rug – all you need to do is download the pdf template for the basket crochet pattern and get your hands on some strips of colourful fabric. This idea will definitely save you some dollar, compared to buying a rug.

 

Decorate your storage boxes
Storage boxes, while incredibly useful for hiding away all of your gubbins, can leave a lot to be desired. Let’s face it, they’re never the most attractive of household furnishings are they? But take a look at the image on the left, taken from womansday.com – you see, with a little bit of fabric, you can easily turn those unappealing boxes into a work of art, which you can proudly display in your home. Simply cut the fabric to size, paste a little glue on each side of the box and wrap it up in the fabric (a bit like you would a present).

 

Fabric art attack
It’s amazing what you can do with a few scraps of fabric – if you don’t believe us, take a look at the wall art to the left. We found this beauty on freshandfun.blogspot.co.uk. It may look tricky, but it’s really easy to recreate. Get your hands on a frame and simply wrap around strips of fabric. Use the hanging wire at the back to peg your favourite photo or colourful image, and then display your work for all to see.

Have you ever experimented with fabric in your home?

If you’re looking for more traditional ways to improve your home, you may well be considering a loft conversion. One of the most popular home improvements, loft conversions give you that much needed extra space, and can be used for absolutely anything – bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, home cinemas, games rooms – you name it.

Having been in the industry for more than 40 years, Econoloft is ideally qualified to transform your loft into the room of your dreams.

Take a look at our gallery for plenty of inspiration. Our impressive client testimonials detail exactly 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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27.01.2014 No Comments

What NOT to do with your home gym

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If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you’ll know that we’ve been focusing on home gyms for the last couple of weeks. We’ve brought you advice on the planning and preparation of your home gym, tips for making it colourful, and shown you some of our favourite gyms. Today however, we’re going to look at it from a slightly different perspective – what NOT to do with your home gym. That’s because sometimes, looking at the don’ts can help you avoid making mistakes. So without further ado, here’s what NOT to do.

Don’t clutter up the room
To get an all-round good workout, you’ll need to use a variety of machines, right? Well, actually, what you should be more concerned with is using what space you have to your advantage. Work with the dimensions of the room – take this home gym from Pinterest.com – perfectly fine, with a good choice of machinery. The problem however, is that it’s far too cluttered. There’s insufficient space to do the weights properly – the last thing you need is to smash the mirror or hurt yourself on your other machinery, simply because you’ve not left enough space.

Don’t forget the windows
This home gym from digsdigs.com contains everything you need for a great workout. There’s a selection of machinery, a television for entertainment, and a mirror to ensure you’re doing the exercises properly. What it doesn’t have is windows. There’s also no fan either. Now, while we’d recommend fresh air over a fan any day, it’s vital that you have some way of keeping the room cool. The hotter and stuffier it gets in there, the less able you’ll feel to complete your workout. So install some windows and get them thrown open – trust us, you’ll feel better for it.

 

Don’t invest in really heavy weights
Weights are great for toning and building muscle. They’ll also ensure that you get a full body workout if the only other machine’s you’re using are the treadmill and the bike. What you shouldn’t do however, is make the mistake of investing in the heaviest weights to build muscle fast. This will only result in you doing yourself an injury. Start off with smaller weights and increase the resistance every couple of sessions. Womenshealthmag.com recommends these dumbbells from Perform Better.

 

Don’t make it boring
It may sound obvious, but there are more ways than one to make a home gym more appealing. If you’re struggling to find motivation to get on the treadmill for half an hour a day, why not turn your home gym into something a little more fun? We found this climbing wall gym on houzz.com. It won’t take up much space (just one wall) which is ideal if you don’t have a spare room to devote entirely to a gym. What’s more, it’s just that little bit different, making you more likely to want to do it. Plus, it’s a great activity for your kids to get involved with too.

If you have a loft which you don’t use, how about turning it into your perfect home gym? Having been in the loft conversion business for more than 40 years, Econoloft is the ideal company to transform your loft for you.

We tailor all of our designs to suit your specifications – take a look at our gallery for plenty of design inspiration. While you’re there, 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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23.01.2014 No Comments

Last minute on-the-day preparations

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So you’ve put up the tree, wrapped everyone’s presents and left a carrot stick out for Rudolph. It’s now Christmas Day – but it’s not time to relax yet. There are still some last-minute preparations you can do on the day itself to add some extra festive cheer to your home. Let’s take a look.

 

Keep the kids entertained
Christmas Day can get a little hectic, especially if you’ve still got plenty to do before your guests arrive. So it’s a good idea to keep your little ones entertained while you set about getting everything ready. These salt shaker decorations seen on countryliving.com will keep the kids occupied while you work, and they’ll double up as table decorations too – best of both worlds! Get your hands on some miniature reindeer figurines and some tiny trees and let your kids get to work.

 

Easy table centrepiece
Depending on how much time you’ve got, you may need to start the preparation for this centrepiece the day before. Get your hands on some cheap baubles in white, red and silver. Use a combination of glue, glitter, tippex pens and sequins to decorate them. Once dry, arrange them on a three tiered dish around a red church candle – and there you have it, the perfect centrepiece, seen on Pinterest.com.

 

Edible garlands
You don’t have to spend a fortune on decorations this Christmas – why not make your own instead? All you need for these edible sweetie garlands (from marthastewart.com) is a few packets of sweets and some string. For obvious reasons, it is wise not to make the garlands until Christmas Day itself – unless of course you fancy making some new ones just before the guests arrive…

 

Heavenly seating
Up the festive volume with these super cute angel wings, designed for chair backs. We saw these on countryliving.com and fell in love. They’ll add a heavenly touch to your Christmas dining room – although maybe invest in oversized Santa hats for the boys.

 

Festive table runner
We all want some figgy pudding, so bring some out here. We love this festive table runner seen on goodhousekeeping.co.uk. It’s a really easy way to decorate your table in time for Christmas – ideal for those who are rushing to get everything prepared at the last minute. Just adorn the table with some Christmas confetti and a few crackers and you’ll be sorted.

What do you need to do to finish your Christmas preparations?

It’s usually around this time of year when you realise how little room you have in your home. If you’re in need of some extra space, you may wish to consider having a loft conversion.

Econoloft has worked in the industry for over 40 years, giving us the necessary experience to transform your loft to your exact specifications.

Take a look at our gallery of previous work for design inspiration, while our client testimonials prove just why we’re the best form 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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19.12.2013 No Comments

It’s all in the details, part 2

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On Monday we brought you some clever lighting ideas to add a homely touch to your interior. Following on from that, today we’ll be looking at the various accessories that you can use to furnish your home. After all, it’s all in the details. A well-chosen accessory can often make all the difference to the look and ambiance of the room. So read on to find our pick of the best home accessories to add a bit of sparkle to your interior.

 

Floral cushion
Fancy cushions are a great way to add some pizazz to your living room. Keep your walls neutral and focus on adding texture, pattern and colour with your accessories instead. That way, when the time comes for a room refresh, it won’t cost you a lot to simply change the cushion covers. We saw this chocolate brown cushion with pink and purple floral prints on housetohome.co.uk.

 

Wall clock
We found this shabby chic wall clock on livelaughlove.co.uk and instantly fell in love. Parisian cafes instantly evoke thoughts of aromatic coffee and sweet pastries – as such, this wall clock would work perfectly in your kitchen to create a homely, welcoming atmosphere.

 

Wall mirror
This intricately designed butterfly wall mirror comes from melodymaison.co.uk. It’s an ideal accessory for vintage-inspired bedrooms, plus, if you hang it in the right position, you’ll make your room look bigger than it actually is. We love the detailing on this mirror – it’s a real girly accessory.

 

Room fragrance
Everyone wants their house to smell divine, and with the help of this room fragrance from debenhams.com, you’ll get a pleasant fragrance and a pretty bottle design – the best of both worlds. Display your room fragrance proudly along with your other room knick-knacks. Just remember to take care not to spill the oil on any acrylic surfaces as it will mark them.

 

Coasters
Coasters may be a necessity but that doesn’t mean they have to be plain and boring. Invest in some slogan coasters and use them as a table accessory – they’ll put a smile on your guests’ faces when they come round for a cuppa. We found these wooden coasters on littlewhitedaisy.co.uk. There’s even a Time for Coffee design if you favour that over tea.

What’s your favourite home accessory?

Here at Econoloft, we’re not just here to help with decoration inspiration – we can also transform entire rooms. We’ve been in the loft conversion industry for more than 40 years now, which makes us ideally qualified to complete the job for you.

We tailor all of our designs to match your specifications. If you’re in need of further inspiration, check out our gallery. Our client testimonials offer evidence for why we’re perfect 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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21.11.2013 No Comments

It’s all in the details, part 1

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The last couple of weeks have been centred on preparing your home for the arrival of winter. This week however, we’re taking a closer look at interior accessories that can make all the difference to a room. No detail is too small – every item you choose to furnish your room with, contributes to the atmosphere in some way or another. So here’s part one of “It’s all in the details”.

 

Statement shade
This floral lampshade seen on housetohome.co.uk is a standout feature in this living room. The golden and burgundy tones add warmth to the room, which is picked out by the red leaf-patterned cushions and red vases. Continuing with the nature theme, the olive green sofa contrasts wonderfully with the dark mahogany shade on the wall.

 

Experiment with size
Check out this striking contrast of white against black in this kitchen from Houzz.com. Monochrome is a great look for any room, and one of the best things about it is that it makes it really easy to draw people’s attention to your focal feature. Here, our eye is instantly drawn to the varying sizes and shapes of the light bulbs. Recreate this style yourself, hanging the lights at different heights to create further variance.

 

Garden deck lighting
If you like to entertain guests outdoors, why not consider investing in some lighting for your wooden decking? We saw these spotlights on lovehome.co.uk. They’re ideal for showing off what a great job you’ve made of your garden, and will allow your party to carry on long after the night sky has turned dark.

 

Track lighting
Track lighting is ideal for your basement or loft room, according to bhg.com. It takes up zero floor space which is handy for those with minimal space, and it’s really easy to install. What’s more, if the purpose of your room changes then you can easily alter the lighting style without having to remove any fixtures or fittings.

We hope that these lighting ideas have helped to give you inspiration for your own home.

As you can see, there are many different styles of lighting which can be used for different purposes. If you’re considering transforming your loft from storage room to home office for example, you’ll need to seriously think about changing the style of the room.

 

Here at Econoloft, our 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry makes us ideally qualified to transform your loft into the room of your dreams. Take a look at some of the previous projects we’ve completed in our gallery – you’ll find plenty of design inspiration for your own home.

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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18.11.2013 No Comments

A winter makeover for your home

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The impending arrival of winter may be leaving you feeling a little weary. After all, everyone knows that with winter comes all manner of illnesses, frosty weather and dark, rainy nights. It’s not all doom and gloom though. Why not give yourself something to be jolly about by giving your home a winter makeover? It’s very simple to do and won’t set you back a load of money either. Read on for our winter makeover tips.

 

Add more lights
A well-lit home looks warm, cosy and inviting. That’s why styleathome.com recommends increasing the number of lights you have in your home. We love this elegant looking chandelier. You don’t have to opt for the opulent look however – why not double up on a few tableside lamps to double the warmth factor in your home.

 

Dress your dining table
What with the cold weather outside, it is likely that a lot of your winter entertaining will be done indoors. Make your dinner party a special occasion by choosing bright and bold colours for the table linen, such as these purple glasses and napkins seen on houzz.com. This will boost everyone’s mood, not to mention it looks great against the starched white placemats.

 

Switch to white wallpaper
You may think that white wallpaper is boring, but this stunning white wallpaper design on a soft lilac background is anything but. We saw this wallpaper on housetohome.co.uk. We reckon that the subtle hint of colour will give your room a magical feel this winter. Try it for yourself and see what a difference it makes.

The above tips are all simple changes that will make a dramatic difference to the appearance of your home. Perhaps you’re thinking about a different kind of makeover however?

If you’re considering converting your loft, give the experts a call.

 

At Econoloft, we have 40 years of industry experience under our belts, which makes us more than qualified to transform your loft.

Take a look at our gallery for further design inspiration. Check out our client testimonials too – they detail exactly what makes Econoloft 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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14.11.2013 No Comments

How to make your home cosy this winter

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Earlier this week we brought you some practical tips to ensure that your home is prepared for winter. Today, we’re less focused on the practical and more on the aesthetic. After all, you don’t just need practical in your life; you also need a bit of what makes you happy.

As the weather begins to get steadily colder and the nights draw in earlier and earlier, it’s likely that all you’ll feel like doing is snuggling on the sofa under a blanket. To help make your home feel super cosy this winter, here are some ideas.

 

Festive fragrances
You’ll find plenty of festive fragrances available in stores during winter. Not only do they make your home smell great, the soft lighting and heat from the candles will contribute to that lovely warm, cosy feeling. Online magazine styleathome.com recommends choosing a woody aroma of cypress and fir.

 

Sheepskin rug
Johnlewis.com has a whole collection devoted to making your home warm and cosy for the winter months. We love this ivory sheepskin rug – it’d be great for keeping the heat in the room, plus the interesting shape means it could be used as a room feature piece.

 

Knitted seats
Check out this quirky knitted seating seen on housetohome.co.uk – We think it looks really comfy and super cosy. What’s more, the colour combination of russet red and earthy beige will add warmth to the room, making it an all-round winner.

Which warm home idea is your favourite? Do you have any further tips for making your home cosy this winter?

Here at Econoloft, we’ve been in the loft conversion industry for over 40 years. This wealth of experience makes us the perfect firm to complete the job for you.

One of the reasons our customers love us so much is that we tailor our designs to meet your exact specifications. Take a look at our gallery for design inspiration.

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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07.11.2013 No Comments