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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

DIY Valentine’s Gifts For The Home

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It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow – we can’t wait! Earlier this week, we brought you the best ideas for a romantic night in. Today we’re focusing on gifts. If you find it hard to think of original gifts for your loved one, or you simply fancy a change from the usual flowers and chocolate, then read on, because this post will give you plenty of inspiration. Here are our favourite DIY Valentine’s gifts for the home.

Personalised soap
Sometimes telling someone in person how you feel about them can be difficult, so why not say it with homemade soap instead? We found this great tutorial on sonyanimri.blogspot.co.uk. All you need are some letter-shaped biscuit cutters and some soap. Feel free to write any message you like, though it’s probably wiser to stick to something romantic, as it is Valentine’s Day.

 

Personalised photo frame
We heart this photo frame idea, from realsimple.com. You can personalise it with a message or draw on a design of your choice. Paint a frame with chalkboard paint (preferably red) and then chalk away. We love the idea of framing a black and white photo – chic, classy and elegant, this gift is a true keeper.

 

Memory board
If you’ve been with your Valentine for a few years already, then this memory board idea from bhg.com will make the perfect gift. Take a look through your old photos, and try to find some memorabilia that reminds you of the fun times you’ve shared – it could be concert tickets, a copy of the key to your first flat, an old love letter – anything you can find that will bring a smile to your face. Then simply choose a canvas board in a colour which will match a room in your home, and pin on your memories. Be warned: this present may make your loved one cry, it’s that sweet.

What’s the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever received on Valentine’s Day?

Here at Econoloft, we’re committed to transforming your home for the better. Our 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry has given us plenty of experience, but don’t worry, we won’t take over – we tailor all of our designs to suit your specifications.

Take a look at our gallery for design inspiration, while our impressive client testimonials prove just 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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13.02.2014 No Comments

Treat your loved one to a night in this Valentine’s Day

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It’s Valentine’s Day on Friday – have you got anything special planned yet? Well if you haven’t, then we’ve got just the ticket. This year, rather than going out and spending a fortune (not that your loved one isn’t worth it of course – some couples have to live to a budget though), why not treat your loved one to a night in. That might not sound like your idea of romance, but you’d be surprised at just how special you can make the day, with a bit of décor here, and some candles there. Read on for some fabulous ideas for a stay-at-home Valentine’s Day this Friday.

Jar of hearts
Don’t panic, we’re not about to serenade you. We found this pretty Valentine’s Day décor idea on digsdigs.com. This person seems to have thought of everything – there’s the iconic red and pink colour theme, heart garlands and a heart shaped wreath, red candles and matching flowers, and our personal favourite – jars of heart shaped sweets. How could your loved one fail to smile at this?

 

Fill a vase with flowers
There’s nothing technically wrong with a dozen red roses – after all, they’re the most bought flowers on Valentine’s Day. But how about this year, you buy something a little better-thought out? We absolutely love these parrot tulips, seen on housebeautiful.com. They are the ideal flowers to arrange in a pitcher-style vase. You don’t have to choose white – some of the most beautiful flowers we’ve received have been red tulips. So try something different with your flowers this year – you can guarantee she’ll notice (for all the right reasons).

 

Scatter some petals
If you’ve overdone the bunch of flowers gift, here’s a great alternative. We saw this romantic love heart idea on marthastewart.com. We love how it still incorporates flowers but in a thoughtful way. You should arrange the petals somewhere prominent, where your loved one will spot them as soon as they walk into the room – watch their face light up.

 

Set a romantic table
The final step to your romantic night in is to lay the table before your other half arrives home. We love this pretty vintage style table decoration, seen on Pinterest.com. Choose soft pink coloured china in a whimsical pattern, and place paper love heart shaped napkins on top. Decorate the table with coordinating flowers, and scatter some confetti around. Finally, if you want to continue the pink theme further, choose only pink food and pink coloured drinks. It’s as simple as that.

How are you planning to make Valentine’s Day extra special this year?

Here at Econoloft, we love to bring you inspirational ideas and tips for decorating your home. Having been in the loft conversion industry for more than 40 years, we like to think we’re experienced enough to give you the best advice when it comes to home improvements.

Take a look at our gallery for more design inspiration, and check out our impressive client testimonials, which 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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10.02.2014 No Comments

New Year’s resolutions for your home

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Happy New Year from all of us at Econoloft! We hope that your celebrations went with a bang, whatever you were doing. Now that it’s January, it’s finally time to blow away the cobwebs and start thinking about the changes you’re going to make this year. Many people make New Year’s resolutions – whether you’ve committed yourself to getting fit and healthy or to giving up alcohol, you can bet your bottom dollar that a lot of people will have caved in before the month is over. So this year, instead of focusing on self-improvement, why not think about home improvement? Let’s take a look at some of the best New Year’s resolutions for the home.

In 2014 I will…

Re-paint one of the rooms in my home
A fresh lick of paint signifies a fresh start and new beginnings. According to elledecor.com, the experts at Pantone have chosen Radiant Orchid as the colour of 2014. This is a great shade for adding warmth and a touch of luxury to your bedroom. What’s more, it’s an inexpensive way to solve that tired looking bedroom dilemma once and for all.

 

Have a big clear out
e’ve all vowed to throw away the piles of clutter that gather on every available floor surface. But how many of you have actually stayed true to your word? An easy way to feel good about yourself this year is to have a good clear out, according to hgtv.com. Make the task seem simpler by tackling one room at a time and your home will look bigger in no time. You know what they say, an empty space, a clear mind.

 

 

Learn DIY and get fit at the same time
We mentioned above that a popular New Year’s resolution is to get fit. Well this year, you can get fit simply by doing DIY. We have to admit, we hadn’t really thought about this before, but it actually makes perfect sense – no wonder it’s from houselogic.com. Building a new fence or chopping up some firewood will burn up to 340 calories per hour. Even a spot of painting will rack up 136 impressive calories – go on, you’ve earned that leftover mince pie.

 

Increase the level of home safety
The clever people at domainehome.com have come up with a great post-holiday resolution – install a carbon monoxide detector. We hate to start the year off on a negative thought, but this colourless, odourless gas can be life threatening – don’t risk any harm coming to your family members by installing and regularly checking your carbon monoxide detector.

 

 

Invest in more space
Whether your kids are growing up, you’ve recently given birth, or you’ve simply outgrown your home, a loft conversion can solve your need for more space. It’s the home improvement that will give you the best return on your investment, and may even mean the difference between staying in your beloved family home and relocating.

 

Here at Econoloft, we’ve got plenty of experience in the loft conversion industry – more than 40 years of it! This makes us ideally qualified to complete the job for you to the highest of standards.

If you’re in need of a little design inspiration, be sure to take a look at our gallery. While you’re at it, have a read of 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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02.01.2014 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

How to plan your kitchen-diner

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Earlier on this week, we brought you some of our favourite kitchen-diner designs. Today we’re going to get a little more technical however, and show you how you can go about planning your kitchen-diner. After all, the more prepared you are, the better the outcome will be. So follow these simple steps to plan your dream kitchen-diner today.

 

Consider the space

Choosing an open-plan kitchen-diner will create a vast space in your home. What’s more, it’ll allow for entertaining while you’re cooking. And let’s face it, the majority of families spend their waking hours at home in the kitchen, don’t they? That’s one reason why a kitchen-diner can be so useful. It gives you enough space for family members and guests to sit down, without being under your feet while you’re preparing food.

For that reason, it is vital to plan your space carefully. Create different zones to ensure that the dining area is distinctly separate from the food preparation area of the kitchen. One easy way to do this visually is to install a breakfast bar between the kitchen and dining table.

 

Bright ideas
It’s a good idea to position the dining table in the part of the room that gets the most light. Housetohome.co.uk recommends installing different degrees of lighting to help you easily separate each of your zones. Spotlights can work well over any preparation worktops, while warm lighting around the dining area will create a welcoming, cosy atmosphere.

 

Décor inspiration

When it comes to the design aspect of your kitchen-diner, it is wise to complement both dining and kitchen areas. So if you’re planning to decorate the kitchen using country-kitchen colours and traditional-looking appliances, make sure that you, in turn, opt for rustic furniture in the dining area. Likewise, if your kitchen is full of the latest mod-cons and stainless steel work surfaces, choose modern colours and tableware in your dining area.

 

Hide the clutter
Open-plan kitchen-diners can look messy and cluttered if you fill your worktops with cereal boxes, loaves of bread, and cartons of juice. Try to invest in kitchen furniture with incorporated storage. For example, you could make the most of the storage space provided by your kitchen island, like in this kitchen from lovehome.co.uk. Hanging pots and pans from suspended storage racks will free up your cupboard space. What’s more, it’ll work well as a design feature.

Do you have any further tips for planning a kitchen-diner?

If your existing kitchen is a little on the small side and you have no dining room, why not consider converting your unused loft into an open-plan kitchen-diner?

Here at Econoloft, our 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry makes us the ideal firm to complete the job for you.

Take a look at our gallery for further design inspiration. Our impressive client testimonials prove why we are the right people to 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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28.11.2013 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

Practical winter preparation tips for your home

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As winter approaches, you’ll need to start thinking about home maintenance. It seems as though each year the forecast for Britain is an even worse winter than the last. The threat of sub-zero temperatures lingers in the air. That’s why it is the perfect time to start prepping your home early, before the onslaught on winter begins. So today, we’re going to bring you some practical tips for preparing your home for winter.

 

Clean the gutters
ountrylife.co.uk recommends that you check that your gutters are not clogged up with leaves or debris. If the flow of water is blocked, you could be in for all sorts of problems, such as damp or subsidence. By cleaning your gutters and drains annually, you’ll prevent the likes of dry rot in your roof timbers, and therefore, you’ll save money in the long run.

 

Pre-set your thermostats
Program your thermostat so that the heating comes on as soon as the room reaches a certain temperature. You don’t have to put the heating on a high setting – simply by keeping it on a constant low temperature, you’ll ensure that the pipes don’t get too cold and burst from freezing. What’s more, programming your heating to come on only when it is necessary will help to reduce your energy bills in the long run. This useful tip came from womansday.com.

 

Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
The experts advise that smoke alarm batteries are replaced at least twice annually, and that a new device is fitted if the alarm is between five and ten years old. According to bhg.com, you should ensure that there is at least one smoke alarm per floor of your house and an extra one in or close to each bedroom. When fitting carbon monoxide detectors, it is important to place them high on the wall and again close to bedrooms. Don’t fit them near any gas appliances or fireplaces as this will trigger a false alarm.

Hopefully these tips have given you food for thought. Do you have any further recommendations for winter-proofing your home?

If you’re considering converting your loft, you can rely on Econoloft. Experts in the industry, we have over 40 years’ experience, making us more than qualified.

If you’re in need of design inspiration, check out our gallery of previous work, while our client testimonials detail exactly why we are 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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04.11.2013 No Comments

Spooky home décor ideas for Halloween

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Autumn isn’t all doom and gloom. In just a few short weeks, Halloween will be here. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got children or not – Halloween is a festive holiday for everyone to get involved with.

 

You may be considering throwing a party to celebrate the occasion. Here are some ideas to help you decorate your home in suitable spooky fashion.

 

Outdoor party
This Halloween, countryliving.com recommends using the autumnal colours to your advantage when hosting an outdoor Halloween party. It gives you an excuse to not have to sweep up the leaves for a few weeks. Get your hands on pumpkins in various sizes and carve them to make spooky faces. If you have an old table lying around, even better – use this to lay out the potions (drinks) for your guests.

 

Kids’ party
Your kids will love dressing up as Halloween monsters. Rather than heading out to trick or treat, host a party for your kids and invite all of their friends. Play games of apple bobbing and create delicious spooky dishes for them to eat. You don’t have to go to a lot of expense either – for the decorations, simply get your hands on some orange balloons and, using a black marker pen, draw on the scary faces, like in this picture from marthastewart.com. Keep to a theme of black and orange for both décor and food and you won’t go wrong.

 

Sophisticated soiree
We mentioned earlier that Halloween is not just for kids. If you fancy hosting a sophisticated evening for your adult friends, stick to a monochrome theme. We love these quirky ‘Boo’ candles seen in this image from Houzz.com. You can easily and quickly transform your room to make it fit for a Halloween get together. Take those glass jars for example – you can wash and re-use cooking sauce jars to hold tea light candles. Use black ribbon around the top and cut out a bat shape from black card to stick to the side of the jar – simple but effective.

 

Hosting a party in your loft or basement will create the perfect spooky setting. If you’re considering converting your loft, the easiest way to do it is to rely on the experts.

 

With over 40 years’ experience in the loft conversion industry, you can rely on us to transform your loft just the way you want.

Take a look at our gallery of previous work to find plenty of inspiration, while 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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07.10.2013 No Comments

Autumnal colours for the home

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It’s that time of year again when the leaves on the trees start to turn a lovely combination of yellow, orange and red. Autumn, or fall as it’s aptly named in the States, is now upon us.

 

Days are getting shorter and there’s a distinct chill to the air. Before you start to mourn the loss of summer however, just think – now’s your chance to transform your home and get it ready for the new season. One very noteworthy aspect of the changing season is colour. So today, we’ll be taking a look at the various autumnal colours and how you can introduce them into your home.

 

Green and yellow

 

For autumn, think natural colours and you won’t go far wrong. Different shades of olive green form a natural base while brighter yellow and tangerine orange accents like in this dining room seen on achica.com add the finishing touches.

 

Red
On its own, red can be rather bold and bright, definitely more a shade for the brave. However, red accents in a neutral white room can turn an average room into a spectacular one. We love this red and white autumnal room seen on Houzz.com. The bed side table and matching cushions really help to offset the otherwise neutral room.

 

Gold
Fancy something a little more opulent? This gold bed linen seen on housetohome.co.uk will give your bedroom an added touch of autumnal luxury. Offset the rich tones with black to bring out the shine even further.

 

Heather
Autumn isn’t just browns and yellows however – it’s also the time of year when the heather on the moorlands thrives. Combine varying shades of lilac, heather and purple to create a cosy, warm feel. We think this living room, seen on country-days.co.uk looks like the perfect place for a cuppa.

So there you have it – plenty of colour inspiration to turn your home into an autumnal haven.

If you fancy a bit of extra space in your home this autumn, why not consider converting your loft? Here at Econoloft, our 40 years’ experience makes us the authority on loft conversions.

Take a look at our gallery for plenty more design inspiration, while our client testimonials will give you a good indication of why we’re the best in the business.

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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03.10.2013 No Comments