The loft is one of the prime suspects for hoarding waste and rubbish that you just don’t need in your home. If you’re ready to brave a big loft clearance then a HIPPOBAG can help. With three different sized bags, you can select the appropriate bag, whether it’s a first time clear-out or an annual event!
We all know that attics can be messy and tidying one up can be tough, so sometimes you have to be ruthless and just starting throwing away, from old carpets to broken DVD players, HIPPO can collect nearly every type of waste within 5 working days of you booking collection, to help make the process as painless as possible.
The MIDIBAG was the first HIPPOBAG, and is still the most popular product we offer for home DIY and gardening projects. Buy the bag, fill it up and we collect.
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Perfect for disposing of your old bathroom suite (that's what we designed it for) as well as general garden, household and DIY waste.
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Ideal for disposing of your kitchen or bathroom rip out, general garden, DIY or household waste. Due to it’s large size, the HIPPOSKIP can only be filled up to 1/4 full with heavy waste such as soil/bricks.
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DIY Loft Conversion
Planning and implementing any large scale DIY project requires some serious research and nearly always a bit of help from an outside party. Before starting a loft conversion, it’s worth your while finding out what’s involved and how it will affect the design of your home. Here are a few handy tips you need to consider when thinking about if a loft conversion is the best way to add more space to your property.
First Things First
Before getting in to the nitty gritty of what you need to be considering when tackling a loft conversion, firstly think about what you’d ideally use the space for, as this will obviously affect the planning and cost of the project. There are all manner of different design ideas, but have a think about if the loft space will be best used as a bedroom, bathroom or shower room, a private study, or perhaps even a games room or lounge.
Choosing the right design depends on a few things; any ideas you have already, the existing loft space and roof of your home, and whether or not you’ll need planning permission. Planning permission is not required in the UK for homes as long as you’re not extending or altering the existing roof. However, building regulations do exist and approval may be needed if the space is going to be used as a living space such as a bedroom and if stairs are being built. Full information can be found online at www.planningportal.gov.uk.
Accessing the New Space
One of the main points to consider with any loft conversion has to be stairs. Installing a staircase will take up a lot of the room both in the loft itself and in the landing or room below. If space is tight, consider putting in a spiral staircase.
By using the existing gaps that form the eaves of the roof, you can install storage options such as shelving and cupboards. The great thing about lofts is that in and around the integral structural of the building there will be lots of options for hidden drawers and cupboards. This is all important seeing as by converting a loft will reduce the storage in the house seeing as many of us use the loft as the place to hoard.
Windows and Light
By including as many windows as possible, the space will be filled with natural light. A bank of standard windows can create an impressive feature. Blinds may be needed to retain privacy.
Anywhere where you have sloping walls, a neat trick is to paint them the same colour as the ceiling. By doing so you really exaggerate the shape of the architecture for dramatic results. Using pale colours can also give the impression of light and brighten the room up.
When installing light fixtures, layer the lights to create different effects. By placing low-energy spotlights on flat areas of the ceiling it opens up the main space, whilst low-level lighting and dimmer switches can really add some atmosphere.
Instead of plastering the ceiling, a boarded finish can evoke a nice rustic or Scandinavian feel to the room. The type of finish used can bring out the best in the existing framework, or pre-packed softwood boards make an inexpensive alternative.
Making the Space Multi-Functional
If you’re thinking that the loft is best used as an additional lounge or living space, utilise furniture such as futons or foldout sofa-beds to make the room an appropriate guest bedroom as well.
Master Bedroom with En-Suite
A loft makes the perfect choice for an impressive master bedroom, with typically space to spare for an en-suite bathroom or shower space. Whilst the cost of such a conversion might be a little bit out of budget for the time being, look to install the required plumbing during the initial conversion so that the option is there later on.
Wooden flooring can make a bit of noise in the rooms underneath, so look to cushion it, or lay carpet instead. Adding plenty of insulation to the new floor can help this either way, and to stop the problem completely - at a little bit of extra cost - look into installing some sound-deadening materials.