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Geoffrey and Christine Morris raised two children in their Edwardian terraced house in Surrey. Their son and daughter left home around ten years ago and as the couple enjoyed their retirement, rather than thinking about down-sizing their three bedroom home – rather unusually they decided to upsize!

70 year old Geoffrey, a retired civil engineer said: “Our savings were sitting in the building society earning us nothing at all and we considered how we could make better use of it. In this area of Surrey, property prices are at a premium and we knew that by adding to our home we would get a good return.

“In addition, our son who now lives in York often comes to stay and we often have friends staying with us.” The couple did their homework and decided a loft conversion would be the best option for them as they could add an extra bedroom and bathroom to make their 3-bed home a 4-bed home and so very much in demand.

“We shopped around and employed Econoloft, a national loft conversion company, to carry out the work and we are so glad we did as they were able to meet all our requirements which other companies we spoke to could or would not.”

The property has many original features including a beautiful staircase with rounded mouldings to the sides, pierced spindles and fluted newel posts. Econoloft went to a great deal of trouble to find a company that could recreate the period look on the new staircase. The family are particularly proud of their superb panelled Edwardian doors which other companies said would have to come out in order to meet fire regulations. However, Econoloft worked with an independent building inspector who was able to find another solution.

“We have lots of 'Art Nouveau' type features in this near 100 year old house such as a complete elaborate wooden screen arch right across the hall which visitors often comment on, fireplaces, coving and doors and we have strenuously tried to keep all them all over the years,” said Geoffrey.

“I think if we would have had to lose the doors in particular, we just wouldn’t have gone ahead with the conversion. However, thanks to the Econoloft team and their recommended contractors the loft conversion blends in seamlessly with the rest of the house. The staircase in particular is magnificent.”

“Econoloft was also able to install some fancy tilework on the exterior and put in some matching leadwork to blend in. They even recommended the engineered oak floor in the conversion which has also received numerous compliments. It was so reassuring to know we were dealing with professionals.”

The large space created by Econoloft has created a spacious en-suite guest room and the huge amount of natural light that the conversion has created has made it an ideal place for the couple to keep their large collection of books. It has also become a place for reading and a room for Christine to sew.

“We have enormous window space and so a tremendous amount of natural light floods in,” said Geoffrey. “We also have a Juliet balcony which we can open in the summer but for now the solar gain we have from the windows make it lovely and warm.

“Another bonus has been the views. We are in a southern position and we can now see right over London. The Wembley Stadium Arch is easily visible almost 30 miles away as are the hills of the Crystal Palace area – this was an unexpected bonus and a novelty that won’t wear off.”

The couple spent just over £31,000 on the basic loft and believe it added more than £40,000 to the value of their home.

“We would not have made anything like this by keeping our money tied up in a savings account,” said Geoffrey. “Should we ever decide to downsize and leave our lovely home; the loft conversion will have secured a major financial boost to our income.

“In the meantime, we have our gorgeous guest room and a delightful reading room and we are really 'chuffed to bits' with the job.”