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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

3 ways to improve the outside of your home

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Regular followers of our blog will know that this month is home improvement month here at Econoloft. Whilst we usually place the focus on the interior of a property, we feel that it is necessary to take good care of the outside of your home too.

After all, first impressions count and if the exterior of your home looks tired and worn, people are likely to assume that the inside of your home is the same.

So here are three ways to improve your home’s exterior.

 

1. Paint your front door
First things first, give your existing front door a good clean and then paint away. You could choose a bright colour to get you in the mood for upcoming summer or stick to a traditional white.

We stumbled across this great blog which gives you tips for painting your front door. The author recommends considering colours that also complement the existing exterior house colours and brickwork. This bright yellow door adds a sunshine feel and really stands out against the vivid green and red shrubbery.

 

2. Plant a window box
A window box will add instant impact to the exterior of your house and will brighten it up immensely.

We think that this window box would cheer us up if we saw it from across the road – bbc.co.uk gardening guide recommends sourcing some plants that will last all year round to create a permanent display. Garden centres usually have a good choice in stock.

 

3. Clean the windows
There’s no use having a pretty painted front door and gorgeous window box display if your windows themselves are dirty and the frames are crumbling.

And of course, clean and smudge free windows allow you to look out at the beautiful view. The Telegraph ran an article about kerb appeal – make your home look great from the outside by cleaning your windows and replacing rotten window frames with new ones. You could always paint the wooden frames too if you want your house to stand out next to your neighbour’s.

So there you have it – three simple ways to instantly improve the exterior of your home.

You also need to pay attention to the inside of your home. At Econoloft we’ve got over 40 years in the loft conversion industry.

Check out examples of previous work we’ve done for our clients to see how we could transform your loft.

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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25.04.2013 No Comments

Five ways to increase the value of your home

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The constant variation in the value of property can make it difficult to decide when the right time to move house is.

As your kids grow older, your house seems to shrink in size, and what was once a spacious three bedroom semi two years ago, now seems like a cramped cottage.

But what if we told you that you could make enough room to stay in your beloved house, and at the same time, increase the value of your home?

It sounds tempting, doesn’t it?

Here are five simple ways you could increase the value of your home today;

1. The Sky’s the Limit

Whilst most house conversions require you to build out into your garden, converting your loft is the perfect way to upsize your house without losing your beloved garden space. What’s more, it’s far cheaper to extend your house than it is to up-sticks and move.

Turn your loft in to a master bedroom and add some serious value to your house, not to mention more privacy, away from the kids. Keep the interior décor cool and stylish with monochromes, and create a haven of calm and serenity.

2. Small changes can mean Big Money

If you want to increase the value of your house, it makes little sense to spend a fortune on a total re-vamp. Making a few small changes here and there can make a world of difference to the property’s overall value.

Make a lasting first impression with a neat and tidy house exterior. Clean your windows, clear the driveway, and unblock your gutters. If necessary, give the front door a lick of paint too. Myhometalking.com knows just how impressive a house exterior can be.

 

3. Pave over an Unruly Garden

Phil Spencer, presenter of popular Channel 4 show Location Location Location is the authority when it comes to improving the value of property. He recommends paving over your garden to create parking space, invaluable in areas where parking is scarce.

According to Nationwide, installing space for off-street parking can add as much as 8% to the value of your home. Check out the work of block-paving specialist apave.

4. Mirror Mirror on the Wall

small or narrow rooms can be transformed by hanging a mirror on either side of the wall. Your room won’t look narrow and cramped any longer, and any prospective buyer will comment on how spacious it feels.

Ceiling to floor mirrors are the way forward. The reflection makes your space feel more open and distracts attention away from the size.

 

5. Showcase your Kitchen

If you only have enough money to invest in one room, make it the kitchen. This has now become the one area of the home to showcase. It’s no longer used just for cooking; nowadays we do homework there, watch television, and entertain guests. According to the Telegraph, “a new kitchen will add 4.6 per cent onto the value [of your home]”.

Housetohome.co.uk features kitchen designs like this casual island kitchen. The worktop overhangs at one end to provide a breakfast bar whilst free space below has been turned into a display shelf. Get the whole family together in one room with a modern kitchen.

At Econoloft, we know that your house is your own personal space, so we tailor our designs to match your specifications. Take a look at some of our previous projects if you want some inspiration.

Contact us today for help with adding value to your home.

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

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01.02.2013 No Comments