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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

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

L is for… lighting

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We’re now almost halfway through our A to Z loft conversion guide. Each week we bring you advice about everything technical relating to lofts and today it’s the turn of the letter ‘l’. We’re taking a look at the lighting choices you have for your converted loft once it’s complete and why certain types of lights require planning permission.

 

Use different light sources
Depending on your plans for your newly converted loft, you should aim to use a combination of different light sources, especially as natural light fades towards the end of the day. In the evening therefore, you may prefer a softer, warm light, while brighter spot lights and lamps work well if you plan to read, use the computer or work. Make sure you consider which type of lighting will be best suited to the purpose of the room and what you will be using it for.

If your loft ceiling is sloping and you wish to install lighting, you’ll be able to choose from downlights and track lighting. Downlights require there to be a section of flat ceiling to attach to, while track lighting can be suspended from a higher ridge.

Lighting used for ambience can come from floor and table lamps – try installing a dimmer switch on the wall to enable you to turn a brighter light down for a cosy room glow.

Rooflights
Of course, you’ll also want to let in as much natural light as possible, which is where rooflights come in. Usually, you are free to choose from varying sizes of rooflights, including fire escape windows, and these will be inserted between the rafters and in line with the plain of the roof.

Conservation rooflights
Standard rooflights are often not permitted on listed buildings and period conversions in conservation areas. Instead, you’ll need to install conservation rooflights. Based on the design of Victorian style metal rooflights, conservation rooflights are painted black with vertical glazing bars. If you’re looking for a better quality version, opt for conservation rooflights made from powder-coated steel.

Make sure your converted loft has sufficient lighting by following the above tips. If you’re in need of design inspiration for your loft, take a look at our gallery of previous work.

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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09.07.2013 No Comments

Light inspiration to brighten up your loft

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Is your loft a dark place, so full of cobwebs and spiders that you daren’t go up there?

Don’t let a dark loft put you off using the room to its full potential and increasing the value of your home.

Transform your loft today with our clever lighting solutions, designed to brighten up even the darkest loft out there.

Many lights make Bright work

A great way to brighten up a dark room is to use many different types of light in various places around the room.

Mydeco.com recommends a chandelier and spotlights in the bathroom to provide plenty of light. Large mirrors help by bouncing the light around the room which bathes the room in a warm glow.

Lights, Camera, Action!

Create a dramatic effect with a low-hung chandelier.

The elegant chandelier in this dining room from housetohome.co.uk adds character and helps to make the dining table the focal point of the room. Experiment by lowering the light to different levels to create the best lighting effect for you.

Spotlight your Surfaces

Large spotlights look fantastic in any room, so why not try your loft? Homeowners can really make a dark worktop glisten and shine with this clever lighting trick.

An abundance of spotlights creates warmth around the room. Installing lights under wall cupboards will ensure your loft sparkles.

 

Converting your loft has been proven to add considerable value to property, which can come in handy if you require extra space in your house but can’t afford to move.

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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08.02.2013 2 Comments