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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

Tips for finding the perfect tradesman, part 2.

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On Monday we brought you the first part of our tips for finding the perfect tradesman. Today we’re going to conclude this topic with a few more important considerations.

Let’s take a look at what else you should do in your quest to find a reputable and reliable tradesman.


Get it in writing

It’s all well and good receiving a quote that you’re happy with for the work that is to be carried out. However, it is vital that before you agree for the work to begin, you are given a written quotation. This can then act like a contract and will ensure that you don’t get charged extra money somewhere down the line.

Any reputable tradesman will give you a detailed written quotation, but for your own peace of mind, make sure it includes information about the work, total cost, and when the work is expected to be completed by.

 

Only use an established firm

There’s an easy way to check if the person is who they say they are. In addition to asking for their business card, they should also be able to provide you with their office address and a landline telephone contact number. Firms that are only prepared to offer a mobile number should ring alarm bells.

 

Choose value for money over the cheapest offer
When it comes to major household work, the cheapest quote is not necessarily the best, particularly if you receive it from a cold caller or a dodgy sounding tradesman. Instead, you should compare the written quotations you are given to work out which tradesman is offering the best value for money. But make sure that you only compare quotes of pre-determined established and reputable firms.

Look out for:
– Project specification details
– What materials will be used
– The total cost of the work
– The payment process

 

What are your experiences of tradesmen?

 

Here at Econoloft, we have over 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry. Don’t just take our word for it though – have a read through our client testimonials to see what they have to say about us.

We tailor all of our designs to suit your specifications – take a look through our gallery of previous work for more 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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05.12.2013 No Comments

Tips for finding the perfect tradesman, part 1.

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We’ve all heard stories of cowboy builders – they don’t exactly paint tradesmen in the best of lights, do they? Because of this, it can seem like an impossible task to find someone honest, reliable, and capable of doing the job properly. Not so fast though, as we’ve got some tips and tricks up our sleeves to help you find the perfect tradesman, every time. Here’s part one.

 

Say NO to cold callers

Whether a tradesman rings your home phone or turns up on your doorstep, remember to say no to whatever it is they’re offering. It may sound like a good deal, but can you trust that they are who they say they are?

Without doing research, you have no concrete proof of their qualifications or experience. By accepting, you run the risk of dodgy work, incomplete work, or overpayments.

If the person is putting pressure on you for an answer, ask to take their business card and let them know that you will think about it. Never sign or agree to work before doing background research, and never hand over any money until you are absolutely sure that they are reputable.

 

Ask your friends and relatives

The chances are that you know someone who has had work done on their house. If they’ve had a good all round experience, it may be worth asking for the details of the tradesman they used.

Ask to see the work that the tradesman completed for them and enquire about the cost of the work and whether they thought it was good value for money.

It’s still a good idea to shop around to compare the recommended tradesman with others local to your area. However, having a personal recommendation from someone you trust can go a long way to providing assurance and peace of mind.

 

Check the local reviews

We all have access to the internet nowadays at the touch of a button. This means that it has never been easier to find reviews on any subject, person or place. Take a look at some of the websites below – they compile reviews of local tradesmen in your area to ensure that you find someone reputable, reliable, and trustworthy.

Checkatrade.com
Myhammer.co.uk
Ratedpeople.com
Trustmark.org.uk

The tradesmen on these sites have to pay in order to get listed, so it may be worth also checking the likes of Yelp, Review Centre and Touch Local, all of which allow tradesmen to list their services for free.

If there are no reviews available for tradesmen in your area, it may help to take a look for customer testimonials on their websites.

 

Compare what’s out there

Enlisting the services of a tradesman can be costly. As such, it makes perfect sense to not always go with the first person you find. Instead, compare the prices and work completed of various local tradesmen. That way, you’ll ensure that you get the best value for money.

Generally speaking, having three quotes to compare should suffice. Make sure that each one explains the full cost and details exact work that will be carried out.

 

This concludes part one of our “tips for finding the perfect tradesman”. Later on this week, we’ll be bringing you the second part.

 

Econoloft has been in the loft conversion industry for over 40 years. Our wealth of experience makes us ideally qualified to carry out work on your loft.

But don’t just trust our judgement – take a look for yourself at some of the projects we have completed in our gallery. Our client testimonials show 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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02.12.2013 No Comments

K is for… king of loft conversions

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It’s that time of the week again where we focus on our A to Z guide to loft conversions. The letter ‘k’ was a difficult one so we’ve had to be a little creative today (I’m sure you will forgive us).

We’re taking a closer look at how you can be the king (or queen) of loft conversions and the secret is all in the planning. So here is what you need to consider before converting your loft.

1. Get out that measuring tape
The best way to be able to visualise and plan how you’re going to make the most of what loft space you have is to take a trip up to your loft. Don’t forget to take your measuring tape and pen and paper. If you measure the space out yourself, while looking at it, you’ll have a much better idea of what is achievable, as looking at a floor plan can be deceptive.

2. Make the most of the space available
Once you’ve got a good idea of how much space, (including headroom) there is in your loft, you can start to plan what to do with it. If your loft has areas where the headroom is limited, make the most of this space by using it for storage. Low-level furniture items will enable you to really use every inch of available space in your loft.

3. Consider lighting
An easy way to make your loft seem instantly brighter and airier is to allow as much natural light to come flooding through as possible. It may be possible to install a roof to floor window but if not, a Velux rooflight will do the trick – just don’t position a bed directly underneath it, unless you want to be woken up early.

4. Planning for the future
You may have your heart set on a lavish cinema room or games room now but think carefully about how you might wish to use the space in the future. If you’re likely to hear the patter on tiny feet within the next five years, you may wish to keep the room options as wide as possible, to avoid having to revamp the whole space further down the line.

5. Insulation matters
The final job to do before you get the experts in is to ensure that the whole room if thoroughly insulated. If you’re unsure about how to do this, we have a whole blog post dedicated to the topic – simply look back at letter ‘I’ of our A to Z.

Once all of the planning and preparations are complete, you can then call in the professionals. Here at Econoloft, we’re here to help to every step of the way.

Take a look at our gallery of previous projects for more inspiration, while our client testimonials prove just how dedicated we are to fulfilling your needs.

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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01.07.2013 No Comments