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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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,

solar system, roof, power generation

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

new front door cost

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

gutter cleaning cost

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

kitchen extension cost

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

flat roof extension cost

Flat Roof Extension Cost – How Much Does It Cost On Average?

Are you looking to upgrade your home but don’t want to face the hassle of moving to a completely new area? Thousands of homeowners in the UK are opting to extend their current home, as opposed to moving somewhere entirely different. Doing so is not only a more cost-effective way of acquiring the space that

Changing From Conventional Boiler To Combi

Changing From Conventional Boiler To Combi – Here is How and Why

From saving an average £310 on energy bills every year, to getting instant heat and hot water, and being environmentally friendly too, swapping your old boiler for a combi boiler is a no-brainer. And it’s not as costly or as disruptive as you think. But just how do you do it? Well, here’s our four-step

electric gate cost

Electric Gate Cost – How Much Is It?

Home security is a major part of life these days, and the more secure your home is, the safer you feel. In fact, failing to have your home safely locked up is a dream for prying criminals and may even void your home insurance should your house get broken into. That’s why you shouldn’t cut

house clearance costs

House Clearance Cost – Price Comparison – How Much Is It?

Did you know you can be charged with fly-tipping if you use house clearing cowboys? Here is how to get the best prices and stay on the right side of the law to avoid fines of up to £50K Beware of a low house clearance quote because if you use cowboys who fly-tip the property’s

how old is my boiler

How Old Is My Boiler? Ideal Boiler Age – Let’s Find Out

Your boiler is one of the most important appliances in the house, it is the thing that provides you and your loved ones with hot water and heating. Despite that, many households across the UK neglect their boilers and lack the knowledge required to keep up maintenance. Some may even ask ‘how old is my