Zac Houghton

Zac Houghton

Hi, I'm Zac! I've set up Loftera with a simple mission in mind. To offer the best and free home improvement advice. This section is where the best of our work is published. Producing great content wouldn't be possible without my wife, Aiko which you can see smiling next to me. She is a frequent contributor to the site and shares a lot of her knowledge here at Loftera. Together we have over 20 years of knowledge in the home improvement industry and use this very blog to share our skills with you.

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A Guide To Importing Houseware: Is It Worth It?

You don’t need to look at cost-of-living comparisons to know that the UK is one of the most expensive places to live. It has never been much of a secret, in spite of our strong currency. For this reason, savvy shoppers now consider buying goods abroad and shipping them home. Some even do so with

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Home Office Setup: How to Design a Home Office

Are you finally thinking of setting up a proper home office? Well, with a year and a half of confinement within the four walls of our house and a reckless work-from-home routine, we’d say it’s about time! But in case you’ve no idea where to begin & how to execute this successfully, we are happy

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Boiler Maintenance: 10 Tips for Keeping Your Boiler in Tip-Top Condition

The weather in the UK can be unpredictable. The cold is likely to creep in. A boiler is essential to prevent oneself from freezing. Hence, you must take care of it.  A well-maintained boiler will not only work to perfection, but it will also help save you money on energy bills. Heating consumption costs around

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Glass Box Extension Cost – UK Prices for 2021

Did you know that installing a glass box extension in your property can increase the value of your home by up to 7%? Let’s do some quick maths to figure out exactly how much that 7% increase could work out at for different house values. Initial House Value 7% of Initial Value House Value After

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Bungalow Extension Cost – How Much Is It?

Did you know that adding an extension to your property can increase its value by up to 23%? Well, doing so with a bungalow is no different, and the work can be carried out at a lower price than a typical three-bedroom house. That sort of increase in value to a property is difficult to

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Do I Need Planning Permission For A Loft Conversion?

Get a Loft Conversion Quote Save up to 40% by comparing quotes from trusted builders. Click To Get Quotes Table of Contents Do you need planning permission for a loft conversion? The short answer: Not always. But you’re not here for the short answer. Extending your property via a loft extension is an involved process,

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Do You Need Planning Permission For Solar Panels

Free electricity for life? Solar panels are the answer to slash your bills and even earn money  It is estimated that the average Brit could save more than £21,000 over their lifetime by installing solar panels for their electricity needs. It’s the perfect way to halve or even end those monthly utility bills, be more

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New Front Door Cost – How Much Is It With Installation

In many homes, the front door is the very first thing that catches the eye of passers by or for those entering your property. Of course, it is usually the first thing that you see when you arrive at your own home, so you want to ensure that it looks the part. If yours has

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Gutter Cleaning Cost – How Much Is It Per Metre/Foot?

If you don’t get your gutters cleaned regularly you could be facing bills of up to £12,000 to replace your roof and when gutter cleaning prices can cost from under £40, even in London, there’s no excuse not to take care of your home. It makes sense to take action as the average cost of

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Kitchen Extension Cost – How Much Is It? UK Price Breakdown

Did you know that extending your kitchen can increase your property by up to 11%? If you didn’t already know that, we’re sure that has come as a welcome surprise – you have searched for kitchen extension costs after all. So, if you were wondering if it is a project worth embarking on, we have